Friday 21 October 2016

#TBT: 7 of Krystle Nightclub's best moments

Published 01/09/2016 | 12:29

Nadia Forde, Georgia Salpa and Sara Kavanagh at the Assets Model Agency Christmas Party 2009 at Krystle
Nadia Forde, Georgia Salpa and Sara Kavanagh at the Assets Model Agency Christmas Party 2009 at Krystle
Lisa Fitzpatrick and Sonya Macari on the green bed in Krystle in 2007. Picture: Doug O'Connor
(L to R) Actress Rachel Kavanagh launches RockstarTan in the Krystle suite with models Ruth O' Neill, Michele McGrath, Alannah McGurk and Alannah Conlan
(L to R) Pippa O'Connor, Sara Kavanagh, Julie Kavanagh, Beatrice Larkin, Karena Graham, Rachel Wyse celebrate Sara's 23rd birthday at Krystle.
Former model turned Xpose presenter Ruth O'Neill in 2009
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman en route to Krystle after Ireland's Six Nations campaign 2011

There was a time when Krystle was the place to be on a night out in Dublin.

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It was the hotspot du jour for models, "both aspiring and working), royalty, rugby players and A-listers in general. If a celebrity was visiting Ireland, you can bet good money they were partying on Harcourt Street. There was the main club, the VIP area and the VVIP area. Because what's an exclusive club without more levels of exclusivity?

Now that it will close its doors until November for a €1m refurbishment, we look back at some of the most talked about moments at Krystle - when bling was in, bodycon was a must and you couldn't hold your head high if your hair didn't have at least four inches backcombed for volume.

1. The Launch


From its 2006 launch, it was billed as the place to be with Ireland's social set. And for many years, it held that title in its stride.

2. Girls, Girls, Girls

It was the model hangout for the Celtic Tiger models of the day, who woudl spend their weekdays doing photocalls and their weekends hitting the tiles on Harcourt Street.


3. Strike A Pose


The club was so popular with socialities and celebrities, a photographer was camped outside the entrance every Friday and Saturday night for Sunday and Monday's gossip pages.

4. Get Comfortable


Speaking of poses, you weren't anyone unless you had at least one photo on the infamous green couch/bed in the VVIP area.

5.  Rugby Romance

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The club was famous for hosting exclusive after-parties, with free drinks for chosen guests, especially after Ireland wrapped its 2011 Six Nations campaign in 2011. Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman were regulars at these no expense spared events before having children.

6.  Gossip Girl


A weekend at Krystle would fill your gossip pages for the week if you played your cards right. For example, there was the time when restaurateur Marcus Sweeney famously pulled the "Don't you know who I am?" line to the doorman in 2009 after he was refused entry after the VIP Style Awards.

7. Prince of Parties


Back in 2010, Prince Albert of Monaco partied the night away at Krystle, but stuck to the standard VIP area like every "important" celebrity of the day. Sadly, there are no pictures so we'll have to just imagine Prince Albert rubbing shoulders with Jerry Springer, who was also there that night.

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