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Issue 114 - ?The beating heart of Ireland?

Whisky Magazine Issue 114
September 2013


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?The beating heart of Ireland?

?Get up close and personal with this vibrant capital city

?I have lived in Dublin for seven years, and I am in love with the city. The cobbled streets, the literary tradition, the unexpected discoveries, the sense of community, even the stench of the River Liffey on a sunny day, make my heart happy. The story of my city is told by its bartenders: chatty, perceptive and oft-times world weary. They always know where to get the best pint (trust me, when it comes to stout-there is a difference), the score in the match (regardless of the sport) and precisely what time the pub is likely to get busy (and a good alternative if you are not in a sociable mood). This is the publican's guide to Dublin (I own L. Mulligan Grocer and W. J. Kavanaghs), a guide to the places we go to drink whisky, speak to other bartenders, relax, hide from the relentless ferrying of plates, drinks, beer mats from bar to table. These are our places. For me, a good pub encapsulates the very essence of what makes us human: the telling of stories, joy, the sharing of food and drink. These pubs remain the beating heart of my city. ?

The Bernard Shaw 11-12 South Richmond St, Dublin 2 ?

The owner of the Bernard Shaw, Trevor is the kind of person to ask ‘why can't we?' He took a run down pub and restored it in vibrant colours, then built a stonking beer garden out the back. Said beer garden is a heavily graffitied space complete with rum bar, made from palates, garden furniture and various upcycled materials. There is a pool table ...

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