Barfly: Marble Bar
The Westbury Hotel, Grafton Street, D2.
TEL: 01 6791122
If the Batcave was converted to a luxury watering hole, it would probably look a lot like this.
Secreted away in a discreet corner of the Westbury's first floor, The Marble Bar boasts a colour scheme perhaps best described as 'Darth Vader black', off-set with glowering orange details and creepy yellow mood-lighting. According to the Westbury website, the style is "20s art deco glamour..." which rather undersells its gothic trimmings and sci-fi oddness.
Hotel bars aren't the sort of place to get raucous in at the best of times and, here, the atmosphere is even more subdued than normal. In groups of two and three, people in expensive suits speak mutedly, as likely to be sipping a cappuccino as chugging a lager (at those prices, we're not surprised).
Still, when I mentioned I was coming here, almost nobody had heard of it -- always a bonus for any establishment five minutes from Grafton Street. And if the Stygian gloom starts to get to you, the Westbury's sun-lit gallery is just a mooch away.
IN THE GLASS: Pint of stout, €5.45, pint of lager, €5.75
AT THE BAR: Movers and shakers
ON THE STEREO: Very discreet mood music
AND? It’s so posh that when you order tea, you get a strainer and tea leaves.