On The Record
by Danielle Mastropiero
Nov 04, 2008 | 3335 views | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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When the regulars at Burke’s Pub trickle in, bartender Sharon Murphy is ready. There’s no need to tell her what you’ll be having because she already knows.

In a culture of wannabe neighborhood pubs, Burke’s is the real deal and so is Murphy.

A bright-eyed transplant from the Irish countryside, Murphy loves her job at the pub where she works five days a week filling mugs to the brim with Guinness, Smithwick’s and the like.

And just as you’d expect from a real Irish pub there are no sissy drinks here.

“I don’t know any of them,” laughs Murphy. “I’d have to prepare for like three days.”

She says the best part of her job is the Irish and Irish-American crowd that frequents Burke’s.

“Everybody in here knows everyone else by name.”

Despite her Irish crew in Maspeth, Murphy does miss a few things at home, especially her family and the top-notch chicken sandwiches at her favorite fast food restaurant, Friar Tuck’s.

According to Murphy, one of the best kept secrets in Queens is that there’s lots of Irish food available tucked away in what Murphy calls “the wee delis.”

But despite the fleeting homesickness, Murphy has no plans to go back to Ireland anytime soon. She says she loves the vibe here as well as the culture.

“People are more friendly here. They seem to make more of an effort to get to know everyone,” she said.

During her time away from work, Murphy enjoys taking in American culture, particularly shopping and Broadway shows, although she can’t quite understand America’s obsession with peanuts. She also enjoys her new membership to the gym and spending time with her boyfriend.

As for what the future holds for the Maspeth master-pourer, Murphy can’t say for sure, but lives by the old adage of taking it one day at a time.

“I’m making money and enjoying life,” she said. “Live every day like it’s your last.” (Danielle Mastropiero)

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