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Food and Drink

Barfly: The Swan

There is a certain satisfaction in being part of the grand local tradition of doing shady shit tucked away in the low-lit hindquarters The Swan.

Christmas in Dublin – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Nothing quite beats the atmosphere of Dublin’s crowded streets at Christmas. The sing-song of canny street traders. Twinkling lights. A hint of the old Switzer’s magic… Though a dig too many from razor sharp elbows and excess of ‘Anyone for the last of the Elsa dolls?’ can leave your seasonal goodwill in tatters. Our advice? Make like the young European you are and ward off your inner Scrooge with a brief pause here and there for a bit of pudding, cake or something more substantial to set you up merrily for the task in hand…


Restaurant Review: Catch 22

Throughout, the service is friendly and efficient, perfectly pitched for casual dining. Catch 22 should do well in the largely tourist and family trade of South Anne Street, though proper seafood enthusiasts used to shucking their own oysters and hammering crab claws may find the menu a little pedestrian.

Barfly: Abbey Hour – The Jolly Monk

‘It’s weird how monks are allowed to drink, isn’t it?’ I ask Anton as we approach The Jolly Monk, the newly renovated bar of the Abbey Hotel. ‘I mean, as in you would think drinking would be prohibited or something.’

Restaurant Review: Over The Moon at Luna

The waiters, all young men as it would have been in the ’60s, wear red jackets with black suede lapels, tailored by Louis Copeland. A more senior waiter, dressed entirely in black, even looks like a bonafide mobster. I’m downstairs in Luna, eating dinner like a boss.

Barfly: The South William

if you’ve installed yourself out in front of The South William, in the shadow of Miss Fantastia’s, it’s as good place as any to watch the world go by.

Restaurant Review: Wowburger

Wowburger, in the beer garden of Workman’s Club on Wellington Quay, appears committed to the quintessentially American diner-style burger; a sweet bun enveloping a juicy patty, thinner than what we’ve come to expect from a gastropub, but large enough to get the belly rumbling.

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