My husband and I have a soft spot in our hearts for Irish Pubs. When we were on our honeymoon, we stumbled upon one in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, tucked in next to a crumbling wall from the Roman age. We discovered that it, like so many other pubs we’d frequented during our courtship, boasted the same cozy, calm, family-friendly atmosphere we felt familiar in, and loved. European Premier Soccer on every screen, delicious pints on well-worn taps, and a decent, warm meal.
David Woodnutt discovered he wanted to replicate those features in his hometown of San Juan Capistrano not long after he retired from British Airways. A Captain flying long haul around the world on a B747 Jumbo Fleet, he found there wasn’t an open door in the area that served up some solid fish and chips with a dose of “Craic” (fun) on the side.
“I owned a house in the Pier Bowl, and thought I’d try my hand at the business,” he says. “There was nowhere for an expat to hang his hat on any given weeknight, so Paddy’s Station was born.” Housed in the historic Capistrano Depot, Paddy’s includes seating in a cozy 1927 Pullman rail car.
Featuring live music six days a week, and a full menu that boasts “Irish pub grub” - cottage pie, Irish stew, and the best bangers and mash around, Paddy’s is definitely your new local community hub. Irish and hip-hop dance classes, Irish-themed films featured in the carriage areas and a dog-friendly outside deck round out David’s vision for keeping the family spirit deeply engrained in his pub.
“I must have been mad to get involved,” he grins wryly, “but our heart is to let local folk have fun and enjoy a night out.”
26701 Verdugo St, Ste. B
San Juan Capistrano