13 Dublin Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4, 01-6680397
Published 14/10/2011 | 05:00
There are those who will tell you Dublin 4 is a place apart from the rest of Ireland. This is true in at least one respect: it is surely the only neighbourhood in the country where chintzy restaurants outnumber frills-free boozers.
Adjacent to the corner where Bellamy's stands, we counted three eateries, with several others jostling for your attention from across the road. It's like falling into a magic mirror and emerging in an alternative Ireland where high-end dining is the national pastime and the gratuitous necking of pints and crisps the preserve of a tiny elite.
In such a scenario, Bellamy's would be your nearest Michelin-star diner. From the jolly red exterior, with bric-a-brac-crammed window display, to the floorboarded interior, Edwardian partitions and 70s-style seating, it cleaves to the stereotype of the classic Dublin boozer with a faithfulness bordering on obsession.
A nice spot for a cheeky week-night quaff, come Friday night it is inundated with office types in mid-range suits and unloosened ties.
Yes, given the neighbourhood, there's always a risk you'll end up elbow to elbow with a Heino-slurping rugger jock reeking of hair gel. But the yammering atmosphere and lack of pretension make it worth taking the risk. Here's one D4 pub where you don't have to fight for your roysh to party.
In the glass: Pint of stout Â¤4.40 , pint of lager Â¤4.85
At the bar: Men in shirts enjoying a sneaky lunch-hour sup
On the stereo: TV sports
And? Food is served up to a punter-friendly 8pm
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