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IT'S fast becoming Dublin's trendiest pub -- and the latest endorsement from American band MGMT will only reinforce Spy as 'the' place to be seen.

The New York electro-pop band took time to enjoy one of Dublin's trendiest pubs for a low-key night during their whirlwind trip to the capital.

In the run-up to their sold-out gig in The Academy on Saturday night, the New Yorkers spent the build-up at the cool bar to revel in their anonymity.

Brooklyn natives Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden were virtually unrecognisable from their normal stage get-ups when they popped into South William Street haunt Spy for night of discreet fun.

Shunning celebrity havens Lillie's Bordello and Krystle, the Time To Pretend singers opted for a more low key night -- filled with Guinness and mixing with the regular punters at Spy.

Although they did request a table in advance of their arrival, there was no special treatment or fan frenzy when the critically acclaimed duo made their way in with pals.

Although the pair have a huge Irish cult following and are one of the best known bands in Europe, they were still able to enjoy some peace and quiet in their downtime.

Stars have often sung the praises of Irish fans and media for their laid-back attitude, and the Grammy- and Brit-nominated singers are the latest celebrities to have enjoyed the discretion of a night out in Dublin.

One onlooker said: "It's a pretty cool crowd in there, most of the people wouldn't be into making a fuss about them anyway. It was mostly people in their early 20s, all probably fans but they didn't rush up to take their picture with them or anything."

The club is no stranger to celebrity visits with Kasabian, Hot Chip and Muse all popping in within the last few months. Speculation is now rife that all three may be making another appearance there when they return to Ireland to join the line up at Oxegen this summer.