Wednesday 22 November 2017

Cutting-edge pub offers close shave with hair of the dog

Edel O'Connell

IT'S the ultimate hair of the dog. For a number of men yesterday, a quick trim and a pint were the order of the day.

Joe Gilligan from Kingswood and Ian Timmons from Firhouse, both in Dublin, were the first through the doors of a newly-opened fully licensed barbershop.

Scholars Barber Shop, located in the Scholars Pub in Firhouse, threw open its doors for the first time yesterday in an attempt to revive an old tradition -- combining a pint and a shave.

Fully-trained, second generation barbers Meagan O'Loughlin and Natalie Gleeson were ready and waiting to take on the hirsute men of Dublin with some hot towels and perfect pints.

Old fashioned barbers' chairs and mirrors have been installed in a cosy corner of the pub to entice the locals away from propping up the bar for some quality grooming.

"We want to give the customer a truly authentic Irish barbershop experience," said owner Barbara Murphy.

"In days gone by, combining a drink and a shave was part and parcel of life for the men of Ireland, so we decided it would be great to revive this old tradition. Men can come in and enjoy a pint in the lounge while they wait for a shave."

Courage

The barbershop is open during the day from Monday to Sunday and there are even special offers for nervous grooms in need of a close shave and a shot of Dutch courage.

"I would like to think that we are looking back to the past to a great old tradition, but making it relevant to the Ireland of today.

"In the current economic climate we are offering a very competitive service. We already have a groom and his groomsmen booked in before Christmas. It is a perfect opportunity to leave your worries outside the door, come in and have a pint and a shave," said Ms Murphy.

Irish Independent

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