Barfly: Sin é
Upper Ormond Quay, D7. TEL: 01 8787078
There was much weeping and tweeting among the sideways haircut demographic that constitutes a large wedge of the Sin é clientele when it was announced this quayside bar was to close.
Four months later, however, Sin é would appear to have been granted a reprieve. With new owners -- the same team behind The Globe and RiRa -- the pub continues to trade and, split between a sunlight ante-chamber and a murky interior, remains its old, darkly cheerful self.
The biggest change, so far as we could tell, was that the previously impressive selection of specialist lagers has been replaced by a row of Heineken and Guinness taps.
But, considering it could have been another of those hollowed-out buildings with white-washed windows, we won't complain too loudly. Simply by continuing to trade it is a reminder that occasionally the doom-mongers get things wrong. Surely we can raise a glass to that.
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