40 Wexford Street, D2, Tel: 01 4789816
Evidently someone at recent Wexford Street-opening Karma has a sense of humour. If any location in the capital can be said to be cursed, at least from the perspective of the pub trade, it's this corner location, on the fringes of the Whelan's-Village-Anseo axis of hipsterdom.
Previously trading as The Cornerstone, the premises has always struggled to eke out a clear identity and so has gone through multiple incarnations without anyone really noticing.
In its latest guise, Karma is pitched as a sort of Celtic Tiger bar redux: there's lashings of leather (steady on -- we're only talking about the couches) and minimalist chrome decor straight out of the recent Battlestar Galactica remake. Contemporary touches include what may be Ireland's only Pringle-vending device and a fruit machine in the corner.
We're not quite sure what it all adds up to but, on a recent grainy October afternoon, the place was chockers at 3pm, so they must be doing something right.
Does it have a fighting chance of succeeding where its predecessors failed? You buddha believe it.
In the glass: Pint of stout €4.60, pint of lager €4.80
On the stereo: Drive-time pop
At the bar: Students taking advantage of the lunch-hour specials
And? According to Facebook, Karma 'likes' Kings of Leon, Daft Punk and, er, Michael Buble