Originally Posted by Dewey
That said, from what I remember about Ireland, some of the pubs sell only one drink, which is stout. Even a man with a lager beer looks odd.
He heh. Most of Ireland has advanced a bit since then. Though, being a stout man, I would have no objections were this system still in place.
I spend a fair amount of time in Ireland every year and the only thing you would have to worry about is some light-hearted ribbing if you were in the pubs with Irish friends. No one there cares if you don't drink.
If you insist on looking like a 'man' you might avoid fruity concoctions like virgin mojitos and coladas, or things like Ribena, Club Orange, etc. Plain tonic, club soda, Coke, or mineral water (sparkling) are perfectly acceptable. Most pubs in Ireland are places for gathering with friends and family as opposed to simply getting hammered (though that often comes with the territory). No one is going to confront you. Jesus.
Although, going to Ireland without having at least one pint is surely an unforgivable sin.