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A Nip, a Toot, a Tot, a Half…
or a Wee Dram

Growing up with Hot Toddys and Hot Ports as a winter warmer and family favourites gives a love and respect for whiskey.  A visit to McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub will include a fabulous selection of unique whiskeys from around the world, as well as various beers from Ireland, Scotland and the United States. A sample of our famous McCarthy’s Irish Cream is a must try in a French Pressed Coffee, as a mix in a cocktail, or simply on the rocks. If you’re lucky, you might also find it in one of our luscious desserts made special in-house (yummmm!).

Whether you’re looking to try a whiskey from Scotland, Ireland, Japan (yes, we have whiskey from Japan) or even the United States, we offer OVER 200 VARIETIES!  

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Monthly Whiskey Tastings!

Join us each month for an evening of fun and education as we sample a different whiskey, guided by our knowledgeable whiskey representatives.

All Tastings begin at 7:30 PM, and last for approximately one hour.
$25 Admisson • Ages 21+ only, please

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February 2020

Truffles and Whiskey

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Decadence… when Chocolate meets it’s Companion… in Whiskey.  Guest speaker: McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub’s Head Baker, Corinne. Come celebrate love in it’s many forms with this expertly paired whiskey flight and artisanal chocolates. A Duo for the Ages!

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March 2020



Join us for an Irish Pot Still whiskey flight enhanced by our very own head baker, Corinne,  through various bread styles. Malty goodness of traditional Irish grains paired with biscuity/toasty/hearty bread grains and yeast profiles. A taste analysis not typically done, but we have full faith in our Head Baker and Whisky Ambassador partnership!

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April 2020

Cocktails w/ Breakthru Beverage Company

 Learn how to make great whiskey cocktails using ingredients you can find right at your fingertips. What can you create with that bottle of Highland Park Scotch? Those bitters? That Orange Zest?  A representative from Breakthru Beverage Company will be here to teach you how to impress your friends with exceptional, but simple whiskey cocktails.

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May 2020

Desserts and Whiskey

This tasting was designed with the Mom’s in mind. A collaboration of our Pastry Chef and Head Whisky Ambassador. Confectionary Delicacies infused with and inspired by whiskies. From Sherry casks to lightly smokey to orange blossom.

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June 2020

Beer and Whiskey

What are the parallels of beer and whiskey?    The Process of turning wort into beer...into Whiskey. The history. The flavor profiles. What happens to the taste when paired side by side?  Join us for a Tasting and find out.    4 samples of whiskey paired with 4 samples of beer.    You may never see Guinness the same again.

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August 2020

Bartenders Brawl

August 20, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub, 534 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018 United States
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4 Bartenders 4 Tasting Rounds 1 Winner Come watch and JUDGE the RSP bar staff complete in a luau themed whiskey cocktail challenge! Who's Drink will reign supreme ? Trouble in Paradise Brenne French Whiskey Pineapple Infused Jameson Malibu Pineapple Rum Blue Curacao Pineapple Juice Jameson Strawberry Puree Club Soda Suggested Pairing Hawiaan Pizza Magma Melon Bakers Bourbon Sugar Watermelon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice Adobo Sauce Edible Flower Suggested Pairing Blackened Shrimp with Creole Rice and Mango Salsa Tiki Toki…

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September 2020

Oysters + Whiskey Tasting

September 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar, 534 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018 United States

Oysters and Whiskey Tasting Join us for a Whiskey flight of Green, Red, and Yellow Spot irish whiskeys paired with various raw oyster styles. A pairing of textures, with meaty and well-seasoned oyster meeting fragrant and fruity whiskies!

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October 2020

Samhain Whiskey Tasting with Popcorn and Candy

Join us for a *spirit* filled evening as we celebrate Samhain (sah-wein), or the celtic Halloween. We will taste unique pairings of whiskies from New Liberty Distillery with house made candy and handcrafted Popcorn from Clusters ™ . Please enjoy responsibly and arrange for transportation if needed. Participants are not required to consume all products being sampled. 21+ only please. All tastings are non-refundable, not transferable but can be gifted

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November 2020

Whiskey Giving Tasting

Join us for our November whiskey tasting at the McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar About this Event Join us in our Great Room for a safe private whiskey tasting conducted by our in house Whisky Ambassadors and staff. This tasting features Tullamore Dew Whiskies paired with small thanksgiving inspire bites. What to eat? menu tba What to drink? whiskey list tba What to experience? – Whiskey, food pairings, a welcome cocktail, and whiskey knowledge from our very own…

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January 2021

January Good Eats & Barrels Tasting

anuary Good Eats & Barrels Whiskey Tasting

Join us for our January Good Eats & Barrels Tasting at the McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar ABOUT THIS EVENT Join us in our Great Room for a safe private whiskey tasting conducted by our in house Whisky Ambassadors and staff. The January Good Eats & Barrels Tasting features Glenmorangie Whiskies perfectly paired with small bites to contrast the whiskey profiles and enjoy! What to eat? Toasted brie/honey/brown bread Crispy Asian ribs with ginger ice cream Smoked bacon…

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Our Famous McCarthy’s Irish Coffee

McCarthy’s Irish Cream is a recipe from my mother from 2nd World War Northern Ireland, which we serve at The Red Stag as our “much better than Baileys” Liqueur. It can also be incorporated in our McCarthy’s Irish Cream Coffee. If you don’t love it, we’ll be really surprised.


McCarthy's Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee was developed in Ireland by Joe Sheridan, a restaurant owner in Foynes County Kerry early in the 1940s as a ploy to attract American visitors who landed in flying boats (the first regular Trans Atlantic crossings) on the River Shannon and docked at his jetty. Armed with the knowledge that Americans loved coffee and sweet cream ladened items, he devised one of our favourite beverages.  The Irish Coffee became popularized in the USA when Joe Sheridan took a position at the famed Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco and made it a staple on their menu. Sheridan’s Irish Cream ,which comes in a split bottle with the black on one side and the cream on the other, is poured to look like an Irish Coffee, and just as in the original drink, is designed so the coffee is sipped through the cream. Other Irish Cream Liqueurs such as Bailey’s became popular over the years — but we think you’ll agree that our own version is by far the best.


Meet us in the Snug.

Whiskey Snug

What is a Snug?

Back in Ireland in “years gone by”, women weren’t really welcome in pubs (at least reputable women), so many pubs built Snugs to provide a safe haven inside the pub. We have three Snugs in The RSP, inspired by the Crowne Saloon in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We think you will love the ambiance, great for a private lunch meeting, a Marriage Proposal, or just a place to hang out with friends on a weekend.

McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub now has three Whiskey Snugs where you can dine, chat, and enjoy your time with friends and family…or strangers if you wish. 

The three snugs are named:  The Dog Snug, Snug 2, and Snug 3.  Try one out for yourself!

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