You forgot to mention that Rula's has one of the best open mics in the Valley, hosted by Tempe music godfather Walt Richardson every Tuesday night. You can see everything there from rank amateurs to visiting pros. If you want to play, get there early (6:00) to get on the list to get on the list. Otherwise, plan to play LATE as the list fills up very quickly.
BEST IRISH PUB Phoenix 2006 - RÃºla BÃºla
Located in the 1888 Andre Building in downtown Tempe, this authentic Irish saddlery-styled pub has been pouring the best Guinness and whiskey in town since 2000. R?la B?la's Gaelic name translates into "uproar and commotion" in the context of celebratory times, and this authenticity extends throughout the space with stained-glass booth dividers, rustic wooden furniture built in Ireland, even bartenders imported from the Old World. There's traditional pub grub, such as the shepherd's pie with Angus sirloin, carrots, champ potatoes, parsnips, and peas, as well as new Irish cuisine, including baked trout with curried orange butter served with red potatoes. Enjoy pints of Stella Artois, Harp or Boddington's while listening to live Irish music Thursdays through Saturdays or on the sociable patio decked out with misters in the summer and portable lamp heaters in the winter. Oh, and did we mention the Guinness?