“It’s an Irish tradition of storytelling and I like hearing new stories from new people and meeting new friends,” said Patron Jimmy Bunn.
And Cummings is seeing the pub culture come to life in the metro.
“It’s your local pub where you know everybody. Bartender generally knows you,” Cummings said. “That’s what’s kind of changing. People are starting to understand. It’s not a bar. It’s a pub. It’s a joining place or a gathering place.”
On a typical day Sean Cummings Pub might serve about 100 people, but on a day like today for St. Patrick’s Day they’ll be serving more like 700 people diving into traditional Irish Fare.
“Corned beef and cabbage. Love that,” a Sean Cummings Pub patron said.
The National Retail Federation expects folks to spend $4.8 billion on St. Paddy’s Day. Guinness boast 3 million pints of their brew will be consumed on the holiday.
According to the 2010 US Census Oklahoma has more than 474,500 people with Irish roots, which makes up part of the 34 million in the United States.
“We do more of a traditional Irish pub so we do traditional Irish food and Guinness so we’ll probably go through 10 to 15 kegs of Guinness just today,”
One tradition you won’t see at this pub is green beer.
“Real Irish people, Saint Patrick’s Day is a holy day, and the first time I was in Ireland I thought it was goig to be a drunk fest where like here everyone goes out to party and drink green beer, but everyone goes to church,” Cummings said.
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will be held all day at O’Connell’s Irish Pub & Grille in Norman, St. Patrick’s River Cruise along the Oklahoma River, Saint’s Irish Pub in Oklahoma City, James E. McNellie’s in Midtown OKC, and Sean Cummings Pub to name a few.