Barfly: Blue Bistro River Bar
MV Cill Airne, Quay 16, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1. Telphone: 01 8178760
As anyone who has seen the episode of the US Office in which Steve Carell throws a party on a boat will attest, alcohol and water don't always mix. Indeed, we in Ireland have never really gotten to grips with the concept of the floating boozer.
Moored close to the capital's stunning new Beckett Bridge, the Cill Airne aims to win us around to the concept of ocean (or at least river) hospitality. Stepping on board in a howling gale your correspondent immediately lost his bearings and attempted to gain admission to the Blue River Bar via a closet. For an encore, we found ourselves huddled along the side of a boat contemplating a 'do not pass' sign, while rain whipped horizontally across deck. Our timbers were, quite literally, shivering.
Eventually a stairwell was located and, ascending to the first floor, we were soon drying off in a pleasant dark-wood lounge, dominated by a huge bar around which after-work groups were gathered. It was comfy, the prices were more reasonable than you might expect for a novelty drinking experience and, on this night, things had hit that sweet-spot where the room was busy but not crowded. Just one quibble: whose idea was it to slap Nick Cave on the sound-system?