The people, places and things that make Dublin special.
One of the reassuring signs of an economy in recovery is the proliferance of new bars and eateries in town. The microcosm of South Great George’s Street, moving into Aungier, Wexford and Camden Street is a good example. Recent months have seen several new venues pop up, and already they seem like they’ve always been part of the (shabby-chic) furniture – places such as the achingly hip Chelsea Drug Store, JT Pims and a brasserie-style extension to L’Gueuleton restaurant, which doesn’t seem to have a name of it’s’ own and is simply signposted as ‘Bar’.
Of course with greater choice comes greater difficulty for Dublin pub-goers in terms of deciding on where to go for a drink. Option paralysis, AKA the inability to settle on somewhere is rife. But this is why Georgian gem The Long Hall comes into its own. It wouldn’t be correct to call this old-school Dublin bar a crowd-pleaser – not if your crowd wants Asian fusion food, a cocktail menu or sports on the big screen – but it offers a constant of friendliness, low-key warmth and carpeted floors (!) in a hard and shiny world. What’s more, the lighting makes everybody look more attractive, irrespective of beer goggles. It’s a place where you could go with your da, and it’s where Bruce Springsteen likes to go for a pint when he’s in town, following in the hallowed footsteps of Brendan Behan, who was a regular and Phil Lynott who filmed some of his video for ‘Old Town’ here.