Wexford Street, unlike Temple Bar for instance, is mostly a haven for hibernians. Tourists either blissfully unaware of its presence or unwilling to leave the familiar surroundings of central Dublin.
Many fine music venues inhabit this stretch, the latest of which is ‘Opium Rooms’, a den of musical iniquity, regularly playing host to electronic acts from around the globe.
It began life as ‘The Mean Fiddler’, where I once stood transfixed by Scottish antiheroes ‘Arab Strap‘, amidst a sea of shuddering bass lines and mumbled obscenities. Later it became ‘The Village’ where we had the pleasure of seeing the brilliant Amy Winehouse touring her debut album ‘Frank’. An unforgettable experience.
Roll forward to 2016 and all’s changed, changed utterly. Gone is the somewhat dated decor of the ‘The Village’ to be replaced by the ultra slick, dark and decadent stylings of the ‘Opium Rooms’. Nice.
A few months back, I noticed Northern Ireland techno Wunderkind, Max Cooper was scheduled to play a DJ set. Fellow music aficionado Decky was on board, plus his collective of music buddies. It’s on! I reached the venue early, too early. Decky and the crew were still in Fallons, smoking Majors, drinking Harp and watching re-runs of ‘Hardy Bucks‘. Twas time for a whisky. Or two. Make that three. An hour later, the posse rolls in, as Mr. Cooper lays down some generous beats. But it’s getting late, 02:00, should I leave? No dice. I got the poison. 03:00! Closing Time. Home Jameson! And don’t spare the horses!