Thomas Street, D8
The chap in the doorway was what you might call a character. "You're looking for someone?" he said in one of those auld Dublin accents you could strip-paint wallpaper with.
"Is it a he or a she -- or a bit of both?" Not entirely sure what he was getting at, we mumbled our excuses and squeezed past, into a brightly lit lounge fly-postered with sports memorabilia and with a flat-screen television as its centre-piece.
Next door, was the 'bar', though in truth it was difficult to tell the two apart, the biggest difference being that the TV was turned up rather more loudly in the lounge, while the framed black and white pictures out back tended to be of actors and actresses rather than prominent soccer players.
Roughly midway between Vicar Street and the Guinness Brewery, a casual glance at Bakers might have you think it a locals-only establishment and send you fleeing towards The Clock across the road. But this is only half the story.
True, on the night of our visit, salty denizens of the surrounding area were out in force in the lounge. But the bar part is surprisingly bohemian, with a smattering of bearded, tweety types attesting to the National College of Art and Design nearby.
So do pop in if you're in the neighbourhood -- we guarantee you'll loaf it so much you'll want to visit again (sorry).
IN THE GLASS: Pint of stout €4, pint of lager €4.40
AT THE BAR: Trendies and locals
ON THE STEREO: Sport
AND? It doesn’t look like a gastropub, but lunchtime food is served at the bar
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