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Haggis, Scotch whisky, and poetry may not be birthday traditions in your house, but when you’re celebrating the 253rd birthday of Robert Burns, they definitely are. Burns, perhaps Scotland’s most famous poet, wrote hundreds of poems, including “Auld Lang Syne.” The annual celebration at Nicholson’s Scottish-themed pub begins with a bagpiper leading a procession and a reading of his famous poem, “Address to a Haggis.” For those unfamiliar, haggis usually consists of sheep innards, pudding, oatmeal, and minced onion served in a sheep’s stomach. The Nicholson’s version substitutes sausage for the offal, and comes in a casing that resembles sheep stomach, but is definitely not sheep stomach, we are assured. Come prepared to indulge in traditional Scottish neeps and tatties (better known as yellow turnips and potatoes), the aforementioned haggis, and a vast, glorious array of single malt Scotches. One word of advice: The event draws big crowds, so call ahead for reservations. And don’t forget your kilt.
January 23, 7 pm.
625 Walnut St.
Originally published in the January 2012 issue.