Monday 11 December 2017

Barfly: Museum Rest

Benburb Street, D7

Ed Power

Ed Power

It would be a stretch to describe Museum Rest as a theme pub, but the stuffed animals gazing at you from the front window carry distinct echoes of Dublin's storied 'Dead Zoo', aka the Museum of Natural History.

Actually, this Benburb Street bar takes its name from the less exciting National Decorative Arts Museum at nearby Collins' Barracks (the place to visit should you wish to quite literally bask in the reflected glory of Ireland's largest silver teapots collection).

Recently in receipt of a shiny new paint job, a fire-engine red exterior replaces the previously dour, rather unwelcoming, black colour scheme. That's about the only concession to modernity. Within, the ambiance is unadulterated '70s.

Striped green wallpaper, framed pictures of bygone Dublin and a roaring stove attest to a place where the clock has stopped and nobody is especially eager for it to start ticking again. Long and narrow leather couches add a hint of luxury, though the blaring TV and salty locals leave you in no doubt that first and foremost it is a spit-and-sawdust boozer and makes no apology for it.

With nearby Sin E shuttered, bar crawlers in this part of the capital could do with a new option and Museum Rest is certainly deserving of your scrutiny.

It may have weathered the decades largely unchanged, but nobody could describe it as a relic.

IN THE GLASS: Pint of stout €3.90, pint of lager €4.40

AT THE BAR: Locals reading the paper

ON THE STEREO: Televised sports

AND? Yes, that really is a stove fire flickering in the corner

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