Barfly: The Workman's Club
Wellington Quay, D2
The latest in a wave of grungy new openings across Dublin, The Workman's Club is a restored old-school drinking den, the original features of which have been painstakingly retained.
Downstairs, a spacious main bar with vivid red colour scheme and fixtures straight out of an Edwardian music hall is already proving a honey pot for the tweeting classes, no doubt attracted by the student disco soundtrack, quality brews and thrift-store ambiance (if Urban Outfitters went into pub layout, here's what the results would look like).
Out back, meanwhile, an 'intimate' venue is preparing to welcome below-the-radar artists such as punk-folkies Blitzen Trapper and mop-topped strummer Fionn Regan (whose career has never seem to recovered from that early Mercury Prize nomination).
But our favourite is the upstairs area, which feels like a New York loft circa 1975, with high ceilings and expansive views over the greasy Liffey.
The capital has been yelling out for a bar a like this for some time -- Cork and Galway have had them for years.
We can only hope it's the success it deserves to be.
IN THE GLASS: Pint of stout €4.50, pint of lager €4.70
AT THE BAR: Man-bag wearers
ON THE STEREO: Specials, Oasis
And: Disappointingly, no Wi-Fi