Barfly: Carr and O'Connel
30 Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1, Tel 01 8745730
The quayside bar previously known as Panama has had a make-over. Well, a quasi make-over anyway. Out front, there's a spiffing new paint scheme and a change of name. The intention, it seems, is to make the pub look like the sort of quaint local you'd find on the main street of Roscrea.
You suspect the owners are hoping to tempt some of the tourist overspill from the nearby Arlington Hotel, self-proclaimed 'home of Irish dance' (complete with scary videos of lovely girls flapping about in green dresses in the front window).
Step inside, though, and the spirit of the old Panama is alive and well. There's the same exposed-wood decor and the odd split-level layout, with a bridge extending over the lounge in a fashion that put us in mind of Darth Vader's Star Destroyer. Even if you're not a sci-fi saddo, you'll agree it's a quirky design.
Downstairs, vast leather armchairs create a café-bar ambiance. Up on deck, meanwhile, faded photographs of 19th-century gents line the walls, grizzled auld fellas read the paper by the bar and Lou Reed is on the stereo. Eclectic is the word we're stretching for, methinks.
IN THE GLASS: Pint of stout, €4.50, pint of lager, €5
AT THE BAR: Tourists, locals
ON THE STEREO: Velvet Underground
AND? There’s a €6 sandwich and mineral-water lunch deal