33 thoughts on “Contemplate Their Naval

  1. Starina

    charming but surely against planning codes? looks like the kinda place i could rustle up a good Old Fashioned though

      1. Harry Molloy

        It would necessitate a large variety of spirits and liqueurs on your sideboard, a bad idea for some of us who weaken in the evenings

        1. Kieran NYC

          This. Plus expensive initial outlay. And you also end up running around like a blue-arsed fly on a Saturday afternoon trying to find replacement vermouth

          1. Neilo

            @KieranNYC: can you really put a price on getting hammered á la maison? My vermouth game is on point, of course.

      1. Harry Molloy

        Were there glory days!?
        I’ve been in Dublin for 5 years and always noticed that it was a big venue, in a good location, but always empty

  2. Boba Fettucine

    Full PP awarded for that monstrosity?

    The Wexford Street-isation of Rathmines continues apace. Cue plenty more beards, tattoos and addressing people as ‘man’. And that’s from the people working behind the bar.

    Would it be too much to hope for something for grown-ups opening in the area? Maybe shut down that “Mart” fire station and turn it into a nice gastropub.

    1. Harry Molloy

      Maybe it’s just what people want?

      I saw the River inn (think that was its name) having a tonne of money pumped into it as it was renovated from derelict.

      Seemed it was only a few months later they scruffed the place up, threw out all the furniture for bric-a-brac and painted it black to become Blackbird.

      Maybe that’s what folk want. This is no country for old men.

      1. stev

        “Maybe that’s what folk want. This is no country for old men.”

        I’m starting to think this is actually the case. Sheep. All of them.

      2. Starina

        blackbird has good music, good beer, chatty staff and plenty of space to relax with pals. when i miss old man pubs there’s always slatterys.

    2. Starina

      that’s horrifying. move to the ‘burbs if that’s what you’re into. rathmines is full of hipsters and weirdos and i love it.

      1. Boba Fettucine

        Rathmines is a suburb. One that I have lived in for over 20 years. I too enjoy its heady mix of loonies and hipsters and when the mood takes me I have been known to darken Blackbird’s door to enjoy the spectacle of millennials indulging in nostalgia for the unremembered 90s, but one such place is enough.

        Wouldn’t it be nice to have somewhere that catered to a slightly different demographic than girls in tea dresses and hair slides riding around on bikes with baskets and boys who combine hitler youth haircuts with grizzly adams beards whilst competing for that coveted, unpaid slot at a music festival curated by a barber.

        Go to London, visit a nice gastropub with clear glass windows, maybe even some flowers hanging from baskets and you’ll be astonished to see people in their 20s also enjoying themselves. And they have good beer. And chatty barstaff, if you insist on that sort of thing. You can also get nice, freshly made food rather than a radioactive pizza dished up as soakage.

        I know you think that anyone over 30 is the enemy – but you’d be surprised how pleasant an inclusive, family atmosphere can be. Go to Spain or Italy and observe old people and children staying out late in a safe, friendly environment. Only here in Northern Europe do we have this obsession with night out = young people getting as hammered as possible.

        I’m disappointed that Tipsy McStaggers is opening because it feeds into and perpetuates that idea, rather than offering an alternative.

  3. some old queen

    They would never get away with that front decor on Capel Street. Stylish yet affordable signs end up in court if in sight of the DCC mothership. We won’t mention the boarded up social housing flats of course.

  4. Sheila

    Good stuff. I was delighted when I saw this venue was on the way.

    Re Blackbird, it’s an excellent bar. Everything Starina says x 2.

    Also Corrigans around the corner is a great place to go to if you want a quiet chat.

  5. The Lorax

    One of planning conditions granted in

    6. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001 – 2010, no advertisement signs (including any signs installed to be visible through the windows); advertisement structures, banners, canopies, flags, or other projecting element shall be displayed or erected on the building or within the curtilage, or attached to the glazing without the prior grant of planning permission. Reason: In the interests of visual amenity.

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