Barfly: The Dropping Well, Classon's Bridge, Milltown, D6
Tel: 01 4973969
The bronze rhino in the middle of the River Dodder looks a mite perturbed -- though not half as perplexed as the lunch-hour crowd gazing down from the Dropping Well's glass-panel dining room.
Eccentrically mixing high-end restaurant, unpretentious boozer and Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, this Milltown booze-a-thorium goes to lengths to distinguish itself from the rest of suburban Dublin pub-land.
Overlooking the Dodder -- and its resident pachyderm -- the Dropping Well is open and airy, with gilded fixtures, landscape paintings on the walls and a spit-and-sawdust lounge, Boxer Meaghers, where you are more likely to see the punters bonding over a shared packet of crisps than the fillet steak served next door.
The origins of the Dropping Well are, no pun intended, mired on tragedy. In the late 1840s, the famine struck this part of what was then Co Dublin with particular ferocity and the banks of the river were soon lined with bodies.
The original proprietor, John Howe, applied for a liquor licence, and set up a community morgue at Classon's Bridge (this being the era of the one-stop pub/funeral home).
It's a story worth sharing the next time someone moans to you they can't afford to drop Â¤100 on a night out any more because of the 'bloody recession'.
In the glass: Pint of stout Â¤4.45, pint of lager Â¤4.85
At the bar: Lunch-goers tucking into the carvery
On the stereo: Quiet chatter
And? Pre-bandwagon Shamrock Rovers fans will have fond memories of the pub -- it was the nearest pub to the club's former ground at Glenmalure Park
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