Jan 24 2011
Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman’s Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire, Robden of Solway Firth, Rabbie Burns … all names for the illustrious Robert Burns, also known as “Scotland’s bard” and the lyricist of classic New Year’s Eve jam Auld Lang Syne. Tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan 25) is the anniversary of Burns’ birth in 1759 and lest you be concerned that you won’t be able to celebrate properly, never fear, Garage in Phnom Penh is bringing you a night of Burns-fever.
Even on a non-celebratory night Garage is one of my favourite bars in Phnom Penh — mainly for their enormous music collection and surprising tolerance for my Italo disco obsession. Tomorrow night they are stepping it up a notch and celebrating all things Scottish in celebration of Burns’ birthday. They’ll be playing Scottish music from traditional to rock to folk — think Jean Redpath, Primal Scream, Blue Nile, Teenage Fanclub, Texas, Jesus and Mary Chain, Donovan and Gerry Rafferty. There will also be drink specials on single malt Scotch whiskeys.
You’re still asking why celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday?
“Burns is cool. He wrote hundreds and hundreds of poems and songs before he died at like 32,” says Jeff Mudrick, Garage publican. “Celebrating his birthday is a grand way to celebrate everything Scottish and drink a lot of whiskey.”
Garage: 9Eo St 110 (just off the riverside), Phnom Penh, T: 012 754 763. Open daily 16:30ish to 24:00 on weekdays, 1:00 on weekends.
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