Published on October 14th, 2009 | by travors24
Farewell to north inner city Dublin – Part 1, The Pubs
I’ve recently moved from north inner city Dublin after living there for 3 years, and since it’s an area which I think receives an unfair amount of bad press (no, I don’t have any bullet holes); I thought I’d share with you some of the places I’ve enjoyed there over the last few years.
Please bear in mind, this is just a simple list of places I’ve enjoyed and it’s not meant to be a complete review of everything north inner city Dublin has to offer.
For part one I’ll focus on The Pubs:
The closest thing I had to a local was the fantastic Hop House on Parnell street. This is a Korean restaurant and bar, and attracts a mixed crowd of tourists, students and backpackers, as well as people from the local Asian community.
The good bits: Nicely decorated, great deals on pitchers of beer, friendly staff, great food and a beer garden.
The bad bits: The music is pretty awful (Think: Korean equivalent of the Eurovision), sometimes early closing (depending on how full it is), and I could never get the toilet hand dryer to work, despite the sticker on it proclaiming “Dryer Working!”
Toddy’s Bar is part of the Gresham Hotel on O’Connell street. It’s bright and attracts a quiet crowd, which makes it a great place to have a quick pint and read a book or the paper.
The good bits: Good pub grub at not-too-bad prices. Nice staff. Comfy and never crowded so you’ll get a table to yourself.
The bad bits: Zilch atmosphere, dated interior design/surroundings, the drink is expensive (hotel rates, pricey); older crowd, so you might bump into your aunt Betty.
The Church at the top of Henry street is a great pub for a work night out, and the interior looks fantastic. I can’t comment on the food as I never sampled it but the beer garden is big and has a nice atmosphere on a sunny day (quite often there’s some live music too).
The good bits: Huge pub with lots of room, looks great, has a night club if you decide to stay out late.
The bad bits: A little impersonal, quite often has a very small crowd, you should only visit if you’re part of a big group, crazy-loud music sometimes.
The Morrison Hotel is situated on Ormond quay. It’s tastefully decorated by John Rocha, and has a great cool dark atmosphere, especially at night.
The good bits: Great spot for couples celebrating, excellent cocktails (so I’m told, I make it a rule to never drink anything that’s florescent green or pink), romantic surroundings.
The bad bits: Expensive hotel drink prices (especially those cocktails), difficult to get a seat sometimes, seriously lacking in the music department, a bit pretentious loike.
Fibber Magees, I know, I know, it’s a dump. But I loved dropping in to Fibbers for 2 reasons: late pints and great music. Fibbers plays lots of rock from my teenage/early twenties, so I found myself singing along with every second song. The crowd are great and very friendly (even if they look like leather clad, skin headed, Mad Max extras).
The good bits: Great music/Jukebox, late night pints, relive your long haired rocker days before you became a soulless, corporate monkey boy (or is that just me?).
The bad bits: Hasn’t been decorated in 46 years, cover charge on popular nights, nightmare toilets from hell.
Notable mentions: Sin é, Pravda, The Harbourmaster, The Grand Central & T.P. Smiths.
To be honest I never found a perfect, nice cosy local in the north inner city, if you’ve any suggestions be sure to let me know in the comments.