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It was never about the drink - but the drink never tastes as good at home as in the pub

Billy Keane


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Brendan Walsh and Freddie McBride at the Man O’ War bar and restaurant in Balbriggan, Co Dublin PHOTO: MARK CONDREN

Brendan Walsh and Freddie McBride at the Man O’ War bar and restaurant in Balbriggan, Co Dublin PHOTO: MARK CONDREN

Brendan Walsh and Freddie McBride at the Man O’ War bar and restaurant in Balbriggan, Co Dublin PHOTO: MARK CONDREN

The first caller to The Palace Bar in Fleet Street was looking for before hours.

I'm here in Dublin on the day pub/restaurants are opening up, but The Palace is closed.

The rules are that only pubs that serve food are allowed to open. The Palace is very much a drinking bar, with a concession to food by way of a toasted-sandwich maker.