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“Come on; stall down here, we’ll get cans in, head to a pub, and then hit Dancehall Styles,” I say. “Grand, but meet me up in The Flowing Tide for one first” he says. Do we make it to Dancehall Styles? Not a chance. The Flowing Tide on Abbey Street has the ability to put the goo on you for a night on a bar stool. It’s a great spot, just off O’Connell Street but it somehow manages to avoid the majority of the ‘five-around-one-pint-of-stout” tourists that places like The Oval and Murrays seem to attract in abundance. Pints at a nice price too, at €4.15, unusual considering. The barman is a gent too, though I remind myself not to get on his bad side.

The Flowing Tide, by Sarahjoh, from Flickr

I was here one afternoon with my brother, ingesting a couple of quiet ones before we legged it down to Connolly to catch the train home. There was just the two of us and the barman, swapping small talk and watching the wrestling on telly, laughing and cracking jokes about it, when all of a sudden, two thirty-something blokes, straight from the office, and pretty hoi-polloi, strode hurriedly in. Without looking at the barman, one nasally whined “Hoi, stick on two Heino and the last race at Cheltenham, good man.” Christ. The barman, without taking his eyes off the telly said “Nah, lad, we’re watching the wrestling.” The two “Heinos” didn’t know where to look, eventually said “you can cancel the Heinos,” turned heal and left. I didn’t know where to look either, I nearly spilled my drink with laughter. So, moral of the story, don’t cross the barman with the moustache…

Anyways, great little spot; with the theatre across the road, you often get well known faces dropping in- Mick Lally (Miley from Glenroe) is a regular, though he’s a little worse for wear these days to be honest. But he wasn’t there tonight, just myself, jaycarax and a few locals. A couple of pints later and it was obvious that neither of us would have the energy to make it to see our friends in Worries Outernational. What we could do is get the grub in and head for another couple of quiet ones elsewhere.

Sin É, from properpint.com

So, after a quick stop off in the Peoples Kitchen on Capel Street (worth an article in itself- good asian food at half the price,) we headed as far as Sin É on Ormond Quay, pleasantly surprised to find that on Sundays, they do €3 pints of Guinness. I was hoping there wasn’t a reason for the pints being €3, but other than them being served in non-branded glasses (a bit of a pet hate,) you couldn’t complain.

Sin É: I really don’t know what to make of it. It tries to attract an “in” crowd, but bars like that are generally, well, a bit crap to be honest, but this place does well in that the staff are proper spot-on, the music is always good, and the punters are sound too. It’s frequented by Irish and non-Irish alike, a lot of backpacker types, alongside a couple of locals propping up the bar. Nice place it has to be said I guess. We stayed for a couple of their nice €3 pints before I realized the night was getting on and I had work bright and breezy in the morning. A right pain in the arse as we had just settled ourselves into some nice seats just inside the door. Ah well; not a bad evening, nice and cheap, not to be scoffed at in these times, the pints and the food came to less than €30. Well worth a try again sometime!

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Just before Christmas, I spotted a very unusual sign hanging on a wall in The Cobblestone pub in Smithfield. It was an old painted advertisement for ‘Graduation Pale Ale’ which was “brewed especially for the Belfield Bar”. I put up an appeal for information on my Hidden History of UCD blog but as of yet have not been able to track down the backstory of the ale or the sign.

Today, I private messaged a Boards.ie user called BeerNut after I read a very interesting post of his on the epic Historic Dublin Pictures & Videos thread that showed he had an interest in the history of Ireland’s “lost” breweries. For the last two years, BeerNut has been collating information on Ireland’s many forgotten breweries. An aspect of Irish history that is greatly under researched. His work is available to read on the Irish Craft Brewer site.

Though BeerNut couldn’t tell me anymore about ‘Graduation Pale Ale’, he told me that Kieran from the Big Hand Brewery might be able to help. Kieran, formerly of the Dublin Brewing Company, now runs The Cobblestone, Sin É and The Dice Bar. I’m hoping he might know a little more.

A link on the Big Hand Brewery website brought my attention to a unique new service. Text Me A Drink allows people to buy drinks for their friends online. All a person has to do is insert their mate’s mobile number or email, select the drink in the bar of their choice, pay via paypal/credit card and hey presto, their friend will get a text or email which they then can show at the bar to receive their drink.

At the moment, the only pubs that offer the service are the Bia Bar on Lower Stephens Street, Brackens Cornerstone on Wexford Street, the Dice Bar on Queen Street and Sin É on Ormond Quay. 21s, Flannery’s and Buskers are coming soon. The service also has some decent deals e.g. a pint of Heineken in the Bia Bar for €3.50 or a pint of Miller in Brackens Cornerstone for €3.50.

Is it a gimick? Of course. Is a bit of fun? For sure.

All this talk of alcohol got me thinking about BYOB venues. How many are there in Dublin? I can think of only four. The dazzling Seomra Spraoi which has weekly gigs, the basement of Clarendon House which runs irregular art and music events, the RedSpace artist studio/gallery on Parnell Square and the basement karoake part of the Melody Bar on Capel Street. Are there any more?

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