Wednesday 13 December 2017

Barfly: Sheehan's

17 Chatham Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 6771914

Ed Power

Ed Power

Lurking just off Grafton Street, Sheehan's isn't the sort of pub to crudely advertise its wares with lashings of bling.

If anything, the opposite is true. With its understated exterior and darkened lounge, it's the sort of bar you could visit a dozen times over without it really imprinting itself on your consciousness. It's far too polite to get in your face.

Inside, exposed brickwork and low-lighting makes the main room feel cosier and smaller than it actually is.

A television glares from the corner, though there seems to be a policy of keeping the sound low so that those who couldn't care a fig for sport don't have their evenings ruined.

With at least one eye trained beadily on the tourist market, the bar menu has a distinct whiff of 'Oirish' about it, what with its spread of shepherd's pies and stews. Don't worry, as drinking experiences go, there's nothing plastic about Sheehan's.

Better yet, despite its location in the heart of the capital, Sheehan's retains the whiff of a well-kept secret.

So while it's often standing-room only in other premises in this stretch of town, here there's always a decent chance of a seat.

Irish Independent

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