Number 3 Fade Street, Dublin 2
Published 29/01/2010 | 05:00
Nobody's seems quite sure what to call the premises located above L'Gueuleton restaurant on Dublin's Fade Street. Some know it as the 'snail bar', in reference to the wooden escargot dangling over the entrance.
More pragmatic tipplers refer to it as 'the bar with no name' or 'Number 3'. On a strictly technical basis it would seem that we ought to call it Kelly's -- that, at least, is how the establishment is identified on the price list inside the front door.
If the absence of a moniker is an attempt to safeguard the boozer's anonymity, the strategy is proving a bit of a flop. Spread luxuriantly across two large rooms, with an equally expansive smoking area, the bar has attracted a loyal and eclectic clientele. On a recent weeknight, most of the tables were occupied while in other central Dublin hostelries you could practically hear the swirl of tumbleweed. More remarkable yet was the diversity of the patrons.
There's a clubby, chummy atmosphere -- with its exposed floorboards and vintage window shutters, the interior feels like an exclusive loft you've somehow managed to blag your way into. Cocktails are a specialty and the (somewhat snooty) barmen do seem to enjoy channelling their inner Tom Cruise a little more than is proper. All told, nameless or not, this is certainly a bar on everybody's lips at the moment.