Barfly: The harbourmaster
Custom House Dock, Dublin 1.
TEL: 01 6701688
'Now Under New Management" proclaims a banner outside The Harbourmaster. Previously part of the troubled Thomas Read group, this Docklands bar is now overseen by Wexford publican Sean Doyle, who earlier this year stumped up €4m for city-centre hipster nooks The Globe and RiRa.
Standing at the fringes of the IFSC, The Habourmaster naturally offers a rather more buttoned-down experience, with as much emphasis on food as on the drinking, being merry or -- a Globe speciality this -- glaring moodily at passers-by from behind your MacBook.
Apart from a new coffee dock operating out of the annex, not a great deal has changed from the Thomas Read days -- the dimly lit interior is still best described as 'New England minimalist' and there are so many snugs and crannies you can easily partake of a sneaky pint, confident nobody is going to rumble you.
Most of the bars in this stretch of town are still enamoured of Celtic Tiger bling so it's heartening to see that the new owners of The Harbourmaster have decided not to run with the mob and are instead determined to preserve its quaint, odd-ball charm.