Barfly: Fibbers Rock Bar
Ormond Quay, Dublin
Outside, it's still daylight, but inside Fibbers Rock Bar, the apocalypse is nigh. Framed Pantera prints gaze moodily at you, the soundtrack is a tooth rattling mishmash of screamed vocals and gurning riffs. In other words, if you are ready to rock, then Fibbers is more than happy to roll.
Niche bars have never been particularly commonplace in Ireland, where landlords often set out to appeal to the lowest denominator possible. That's certainly not the case at this new opening on the quays. From the pool table at the rear, to the metal posters on the wall, to the 'din and bear it' soundtrack, here is an establishment that aims to be the hospitality industry equivalent of Lordi's Rock Hallelujah (the Eurovision winning song performed by five Scandinavians dressed as Klingons).
But, on the evening of our visit, the only incongruity are the punters, after-work types meekly sipping their beers. We keep glancing towards the door in anticipation of a flotilla of Hells Angels roaring in. Or, at the very least, some crinkly Alice Cooper types schlepping their way towards the bar. Perhaps they refuse to leave the house until nightfall. Either that or they were having difficultly squeezing into their leather trousers.