Barfly: The 51 Bar
Haddington Road, D4. Tel: 01 6600150
A handsome traditional boozer just off Baggot Street, The 51 brings a whiff of country chic to leafy south Dublin. With a bar that seems at least partly inspired by a 50s-style rural grocer, the pub drips old-school charm, though the clientele tends towards the modern and chic (if you afford to call this place your local, chances are you don't plant potatoes or drive a combine harvester for a living).
Whiskeys are a specialty, and The 51 claims ownership of one of the most extensive larders of malts, scotches, etc in the capital.
Proprietor Frank Quinn runs a premises steeped in history -- The 51 was opened by the Fleming family in 1843 and Quinn, who took over in 1993, is the 12th owner. From the outside, you could be forgiven for assuming this was a standard issue, D4 rugby den -- within, however, are several unexpectedly arty flourishes, including vintage Victoriana lamps and bohemian artwork.
For those who imagine that this part of Dublin is all about men in upturned rugby shirts and women driving SUVs the size of Chinook helicopters, it is a most welcome eye-opener.
IN THE GLASS: Pint of stout €4.70, pint of lager €4.90
AT THE BAR: Office staff enjoying a post-work sup
ON THE STEREO: Franz Ferdinand
AND? The evening menu is extensive, including roasts, fajitas and fish and chips