That's exactly how I remember it except with Marines starting fights and a bunch of nasty river rat looking chicks. But it has been at least 10 years since I made a trip there, so who knows what it's like now. I went back to the Harp a while back and it seemed like the Marines from Goat Hill had moved down the street, which was kinda depressing.
If you want a good place for a nice intimate dinner with a helluva wine selection, give Old Vine Cafe a try. It's in the Camp across from the Lab on Bristol. Tiny place, eclectic wines, and a menu that changes all the time. Here's their beer and wine list: Wine & Beverage List
I used to go to the Harp all the time. Irish pub with soccer and rugby on their tv's 24-7? Gotta love that.