NEWPORT BEACH — Mayor Keith Curry stepped away from City Hall this week to have a beer and answer whatever questions pub-goers could toss at him as the first guest speaker of soon-to-be monthly "pub hall" meetings.
Muldoon's Irish Pub hosted Beer, Shots and Politics, an event that aimed to use the relaxed setting of a pub to draw in crowds that otherwise wouldn't participate in a standard political forum, said Muldoon's special events director, Richard Kaplan.
"I think that we've really broken ground here with a new format," Kaplan said of the Wednesday night meeting. "People who were not necessarily here for the pub hall, but here for another reason, ended up really enjoying themselves and getting into it."
With a baseball game playing on two TVs above the bar and overflow from the nearby Edwards Cinema, which had closed its parking lot due to a private outdoor screening of "Inception," many in the bar seemed surprised to have the mayor there discussing politics — and even more surprised when the microphone came their way.