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Swift Hibernian Lounge

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Today: 4pm–4am
34 East 4th Street
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The name of Swift Hibernian Lounge has several meanings attached. It is a nod to Irish writer Jonathan Swift. It uses Hibernia — the Classical Latin name given to Ireland by the Romans — to set it apart from the average Irish pub. And, of course, it serves as a place “where individuals can feel perfectly comfortable dropping in for a swift one,” said its owner, Danny McDonald, who opened the cleverly baptized bar with fellow Irishman Michael Jewell.

Danny was born in New York but raised in the midlands of Ireland. He returned to the city to bartend over the summers while attending university at home. “I was so engrossed in the bar craft that I came back after graduating to open my own business. It took a little longer than I thought, but we got there.”

Danny and Michael spent years bartending at the same spot on the Upper East Side. As sheer coincidence would have it, they both had separate plans to start their own bar. Neither of the men shared their intentions until they bumped into each other while scouting out the same location. “In those days, there was always another Irishman ready to take your job,” Danny joked.

After haggling over the lease with the landlord, Danny invited Michael to be his partner and establish a lounge reminiscent of the places in their home country.

Upon realizing that they had visited bars named after many Irish heroes but never one honoring the famous patriot Jonathan Swift, they felt it necessary to commemorate him as a man ahead of his time. With their carefully selected theme, “we were building a wonderful Irish pub that was pre-politic,” as Michael was a Protestant from Northern Ireland while Danny was a Catholic from the south — an unconventional pairing, to say the least.

These were far from the only fortuitous circumstances surrounding Swift Hibernian’s inception. When outfitting the bar, Danny purchased antique ecclesiastical furniture that had been salvaged from shuttered churches in Ireland. It was later that he discovered the origins of the church pews and pulpit that he refashioned into the lounge’s well-worn wooden counter and seating — the pieces were taken from the Laracor Parish, where Dean Swift himself delivered his first sermon as a vicar.

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