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Scottsdale’s British Open Pub Celebrates King George Day on July 23

Scottsdale, Ariz.  – Scintillating, shocking, adorable – all words that describe King George VI’s reign and the man, himself.  That’s why British Open Pub is joining all of England in celebrating Betfair’s King George Day on July 23 with its own Snooty Tie and Prissy Hat Contest, and King George trivia games throughout the day.

The Betfair Weekend is a celebration at the Ascot, England’s most famous horseracing establishment. During the weekend, people dress up in semi-formal attire. Men wear ties and women often don hats for the celebration.

“In honor of the Betfair Weekend and King George VI Day, we’ll be running the Snooty Tie and Prissy Hat Contest all day,” said Gregg Troilo.

People can enter any time during the day by coming into the British Open Pub and having their picture taken with their Snooty Tie or Prissy Hat on.

“At 8 p.m., we’ll be announcing the winners and giving away the prizes,” said Gregg Troilo, owner of British Open Pub in Scottsdale. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The pub is extending the celebrations with trivia challenges each hour, throughout the day. Each trivia challenge will pose a question about King George VI and his reign, and players will compete for a variety of prizes.

King George the VI was recently immortalized in The King’s Speech, a movie starring Colin Firth as the shy and speech-inflicted King George.

“We think people will have fun with the contest,” said Troilo, “especially since we are pulling several questions from the movie The King’s Speech. Other questions will be more challenging.”

King George was royalty at a time when his family was a royal mess. He gained the throne when his brother abdicated in 1936 to marry a divorcee. He was the last Emperor of India and led at a time when many nations succeeded from the Commonwealth. He led Britain through World War II as America’s principle ally, insisting on living on rations of food and water, just as did his people. And he insisted on protecting Buckingham Palace, which was within the bombing zone, with a pistol and pledge he was defend it to his death.

“He was a well-loved and honored king,” Troilo said. “The people loved him because he put their interests first, and we love him because, inside, he was just a regular, flawed guy trying to muddle through and do his best in crazy circumstances. He sort of reminds us of ourselves.”

Scottsdale’s British Open Pub, or the “Bop” as regulars call it, has something for everyone. Whether it’s authentic English food like Bangers and Mash, traditional American comfort food, a massive selection of beers from around the world or simply a fun pub to watch the day’s biggest sporting events, the Bop is the spot for foodies and sports fans.

The British Open Pub is located at 1334 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Arizona, on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and McDowell roads.

For more information on the British Open Pub, please visit www.thebritishopenpub.com or call (480) 941-4915. Find the restaurant on Facebook at www.facebook.com/britishopenpub or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/britishopenpub.

British Open Pub in Scottsdale Marks Queen’s Coronation Anniversary with 41-Pint Salute

Scottsdale, Ariz. – The British Open Pub in Scottsdale is marking the 58th anniversary of the Queen of England’s coronation with a free 41-pint salute.

The celebration is a take on the 41-gun salute that is performed every June 2 in England to mark the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, a ceremony also known as Coronation Day.

At 8 p.m. on June 2, British Open Pub owner Gregg Troilo will pour 41 pints of beer for the first 41 people to show up and then signal for the beginning of the Coronation Day salute. Afterward, the pub will have drink specials for all patrons, including a $2 Bud Light special, $2 Patron Citronage shots and extended happy hour pricing until close.

“Being an English pub, it’s a given that we’d mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth,” said British Open Pub owner Gregg Troilo. “But why have a 41-gun salute? You can have a lot more fun with 41 pints of beer.”

In front of 8,000 guests at London’s Westminster Abbey, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned queen on June 2, 1953. Queen Elizabeth II was handed the four symbols of authority – the orb, the scepter, the rod of mercy and the royal ring of sapphire and rubies – and the crown was placed on her head by the Archbishop of Canterbury. She has since ruled England for the past 58 years.

Scottsdale’s British Open Pub, or the “Bop” as regulars call it, has something for everyone. Whether it’s authentic English food like Bangers and Mash, traditional American comfort food, a massive selection of beers from around the world or simply a fun pub to watch the day’s biggest sporting events, the Bop is the spot for foodies and sports fans.

The British Open Pub is located at 1334 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Arizona, on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and McDowell roads.

For more information on the British Open Pub, please visit www.thebritishopenpub.com or call (480) 941-4915. Find the restaurant on Facebook at www.facebook.com/britishopenpub or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/britishopenpub.

British Open Pub in Scottsdale Holds Royal Wedding Crashers Party

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Didn’t get your invitation to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29? Neither did the folks at British Open Pub in Scottsdale so they’re staging a wedding party for the uninvited.

The popular British pub has even whipped up a special drink for the occasion and is offering it for half price throughout the day, as British Open Pub televisions replay the wedding and patrons dine on traditional English fare.

The drink, dubbed the “The Royal Snub”, will be only $4 all day – half the normal price.

The “The Royal Snub” features Parrot Bay coconut rum, Patron Citronage (orange-flavored tequila) and a splash of orange juice on the rocks.

“We don’t need a wedding invitation to have a good time,” said British Open Pub owner Gregg Troilo. “When you combine our food, drink specials, pub atmosphere and plenty of cheer, British Open Pub will be way more fun than Westminster Abbey or London on April 29.”

According to news reports, more than 1,900 royal wedding invitations were delivered to dignitaries, family members and celebrities. Among those rumored to be on the list are David Beckham, Kanye West, Elton John and Parliament. British Open Pub patrons have some good company on the non-invited list: President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, were not extended an invitation to the April 29 nuptials.

“At least we’re not the only important people that weren’t invited,” Troilo said, laughing.

The “Bop” as regulars call it, has something for everyone. Whether it’s authentic English food like Bangers and Mash, traditional American comfort food, a massive selection of beers from around the world or simply a fun pub to watch the day’s biggest sporting events, the Bop is the spot for foodies and sports fans – and on April 29, royal wedding crashers.

The British Open Pub is located at 1334 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Arizona, on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and McDowell roads.

For more information on the British Open Pub, please visit www.thebritishopenpub.com or call (480) 941-4915. Find the restaurant on Facebook at www.facebook.com/britishopenpub or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/britishopenpub.