b'Ireland meets Thailand in Mc & Sons, the Thairish pub on Union Street. Its owned by the McElhinney family who come from County Westmeath and live down the road:The Boulevard SE1 25patriarch Jack, sons Johnny and Ryan, daughter Joanne, and dog Mini Mac. Mc & Sons looks like its been here forever, but it actually opened just two years ago. All the furniture and fittings are reclaimed, from the wood-panelled bar to the snug, which was dismantled and transported from Wales. The walls are festooned with old McElhinney family photos, pictures of the Pope, the Virgin Mary and JFK. Its not possible to be more authentically Irish. On tap is Guinness, served with or without a shamrock, according to legend/taste, plus a selection of Irish IPAs. These include Little Fawn from the White Hag Brewery, which boasts the magic abv of 4.3%, which, theoretically, allows a grown man to drink it all day with impunity.Behind the bar are Irish snacks and drinks, like Kimberley biscuits and Cidona, which are stocked on (the Irish clienteles) request. Theres a live acoustic set on Mondays, a traditional Irish band on Tuesdays, and a big ceilidh band on Saturdays. You may or may not be in for a jig, but the craic is guaranteed.The Thai in Thairish comes from Johnnys wife, Lailar, who comes from Chiang Mai and has brought its cuisine to the Mc & Sons kitchen. The 7 lunch special of Johnny Rice is a local legend: a rice or noodle base with an ever-changing selection of toppings.If you dont see them both at the bar, you may spot them out in the tuk-tuk,riding the streets as they hand out prawn crackers.'