Barfly: The Vintage Inn
74 Irishtown Rd, D4.
Tel: 01 6689621
Walk past Dublin's new Battlestar Galactica mother-ship, aka the Aviva Stadium, down the Londonbridge Road and around the corner from Sandymount School of Art, and you'll come to The Vintage Inn.
Decorated in the slatted style of a country grocer, it's a watering hole of the old school. Inside the door, salty locals are in heated debate about the Dublin football team's All Ireland prospects; while, hunkered by the corner-table, clumps of Continental students nurse solitary pints of stout and eat heroic quantities of Tayto salt and vinegar.
Leafy south Dublin is the heartland of Irish rugby, so it comes as no surprise that caricature portraits of players from the great Grand Slam team of the 40s adorn the walls. That's as close as things get to D4 posho cliche. If anything, the atmosphere is more akin to a small-town boozer, with a TV blaring in the corner, an excess of fixtures vying for your attention and a beige colour scheme straight out of the 70s.
Not that The Vintage is rooted entirely in the past. There's free Wi-Fi, regular karaoke and a boho beer garden perfect for lazy summer afternoons. Lovely.
IN THE GLASS: Pint of stout €3.95, pint of lager €4.40
AT THE BAR: Young professionals, grizzled older types
ON THE STEREO: Sky Sports
AND? You can be ‘friends’ with The Vintage, it has its own Facebook page