30 thoughts on “Gasping

    1. Anton Chigurh

      You wouldn’t notice a difference in the “Hirsute Fruit”. Worst. Pint. Ever.

    1. guns and drums and drums and guns harooo

      yep – see below
      it was getting all hollowed out in fairness

  1. guns and drums and drums and guns harooo

    In fairness isn’t it surprising how little we’ve actually missed them on the whole?
    the worm has well and truly turned with regard to our relations with drink and pubs in Ireland.
    I honestly wouldn’t give a poo if most of them never re-opened.
    They’ve become so expensive and not fun, especially in Dublin city centre and other tourist traps.
    I went into Mulligans there one day a year or two ago and it was now a sad tourist curiosity, it had not any of the character of the old pub any more, no drinkers during the day, instead a young American family with their kids running around, ‘experiencing’ a famous Dublin pub.
    Whereas went I went to Nashville recently there were actual country singers, and guys and gals wearing redneck sort of stuff and actually hootin and hollerin
    Dublin is finished, sort of.

    1. guns and drums and drums and guns harooo

      I’d make an exception for the Ha’penny Bridge Inn though, the exception that somewhat proves the rule, thanks to the eccentricities and sheer élan of the owner and his son

      1. James M.Chimney

        Mick – “I used to cycle the twelve miles to Thurles with the sliotar and hurl tied to the handlebars of my bike”.

      2. Slightly Bemused

        That was a great pub. Many the time I would sneak in a for a quick pint before the bus home at the stop there. While it was not a hugely regular occurrence, they were always very welcoming. I would say the regulars probably stayed clear until the rush of bus goers cleared out :-D

        1. guns and drums and drums and guns harooo

          yes, I sometimes do the same now myself, it’s still a great house, a real mix and variety of clientele, and great welcome from the owners.

    2. scottser

      i’m drinking waaaay more than i used to. you might notice that my comments get significantly less crabby as the day goes on.

      1. guns and drums and drums and guns harooo

        yes same here went to a place in Florida a while ago, couldn’t believe it, even the country they were playing was kind of progressive, some mixed with dance/EDM and other tracks with what can only be described as a heavy metal accompaniment/arrangement ;- everyone line dancing

        In nashville they drinking and dancing the middle of the day and it was a Sunday, reminded me of going to hear the Cajun Kings in Whelan aeons ago, or Don Baker

        1. bisted

          …the line dancing made me sort of homesick…hadn’t seen it since the hotel I used to stay in Harcourt Street…

    3. class wario

      I miss meeting my friends and having a few drinks and a laugh and pubs usually facilitated this. I think what you’re saying is a bit exaggerated because of that alone: people will always happily avail of the social bonding utility a pub provides.

      I think it might be correct to say that pubs will lose a lot of their luster in a few months time when stripped of all atmosphere and human interaction outside of your designated seating area or whatever as a result of the virus.

      1. guns and drums and drums and guns harooo

        ah yea, you’re spot on, I’m just saying I thought I would miss them more.

        I did miss it a while for the first few weeks, and the other day my son asked me what the first thing is I’ll do when the lockdown is over and I said, ‘go for a pint’ so yea…. I’m waffling a bit in fairness

    4. Rob_G

      That just sounds like the grumblings of an oul fella who is gradually becoming less tolerant of the hassle of being around other people; I can recognise this because as I get older, I see it more and more in myself.

      That being said, it will be nice to go to pub again; getting blasted on Gin & Tonic home alone on terrace is nice and all, but not quite the same.

      1. guns and drums and drums and guns harooo

        Nah I like being around other people, I just think the vibe is not the same in pubs as it used to be.

  2. Tarfton Clax

    ah Now guns and drums and drums and guns harooo….. Anseo, or Against the Grain or the Black Sheep or Boco or Blackbird or the Swan or Underdog or Lemon and Duke or the Long Hall or…… loads of excellent Grand little boozers around town.

    It’s not all tourists in the pubs. I do miss them. and it’s the vibe not the booze just, as you can order any beer or any drink from anywhere in the world direct to your door.

    1. guns and drums and drums and guns harooo

      yes I like all those boozers Tarfton and in general they are far better than the old style boozers, better quality of drink and variety etc, but the craic is not the same, and the drinks are very expensive …

  3. Paulus

    One reason that many pubs have become so homogeneous is the absence of the proprietor behind the bar.
    His or her presence often bestowed a specific eccentricity which was peculiar to that pub. I wonder did we appreciate this enough at the time? There was Stuff You Had To Know in order to get served…and/or not make a fool of yourself. A knowledge of the local codes was information to be proud of.

    1. guns and drums and drums and guns harooo

      yes 100% and I see you mention Hartigans there Tarfton, I even used to like the place across the road (houricans) that was a family owned place before it closed, very nice folks, and they did a great toasted sandwich.

  4. diddy

    most Dublin pubs aren’t what they used to be. (a) they’re too crowded. (b) they’re too expensive (c) most have been retrofitted for tourists, and stink of salt n vinegar. (d) this has effected what used to be late bars and nightclubs the most. cafe em seine, ruined. isoldes towers, ruined. I could go on

  5. SOQ

    I think at least some of what people above are complaining about was caused by the smoking ban. Whatever the rights and wrongs of it- pubs suffered a substantial drop in business as less smokers went out. This will be the same I expect- home drinking is so much cheaper and some people who didn’t before, will still keep doing it.

    I wouldn’t be too bothered about CC venues as they are usually now ran under a limited company but I do feel for locals as that was normally their only livelihood. And, they served a purpose other than just being a pub- it was a place you got to know your neighbours- many a kinship was started in such.

    1. diddy

      smoking ban, me eye. that was 2004 and smokers tend to be drinking extroverts and would be out anyway. the difference between then and now is about 6million more tourists, a more unequal city econmically. remember you pretty much need to be on 80k plus to have a decent standard of living in Dublin these days

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