Barfly: The Windjammer
111 Townsend Street D2. Tel: 01 6772576
We're told The Windjammer recently had a makeover, though -- as this was our first visit -- it was hard to say just how radical the facelift was.
Located on gritty Townsend Street -- around the corner from the now defunct legendary chip shop where Glasgow-style deep fried Curly Wurlies were a specialty -- it certainly packs lashings of ambiance, courtesy of stained glass windows and an atmospherically darkened interior.
Somewhat off the beaten path, it's the sort of place that, from the outside at least, screams 'locals only' -- step within, however, and you are immediately at ease.
No, you won't find the beautiful people tweeting into their iPhones but, the regulars are friendly, salt of the earth types who will leave you to yourself (close to Windmill Lane Studio, rumour has it U2 were known to retire here for a pint back in the day).
The Smithwicks is reputed to be the best in the city -- on our visit we opted for a serving of stout so dark it was almost blue. There's an old-school mannerliness to the service too. It' s a joy to visit somewhere where you feel as if your custom might actually be vaguely appreciated.
In the glass: Pint of stout €4.20, pint of lager €4.70
On the stereo: Daytime radio
At the bar: Factory workers, grizzled locals
And? In addition to U2, the roll-call of celebrity patrons is said to have included Colin Farrell and Shane MacGowan