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.
‘Tis a shame, as many music venues and bars are to be found along 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’s seen many name changes over the years. It started life as ‘The Mean Fiddler’, where I once stood transfixed by Scottish antiheroes ‘Arab Strap‘, amidst a sea of shuddering bass guitars 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 2015 and all’s changed, changed utterly. Gone is the familiar but somewhat dated decor of the ‘The Village’ to be replaced by the ultra slick, dark and decadent stylings of the ‘Opium Rooms’. Nice.
Earlier this year, I noticed that the enfant terrible of techno, Max Cooper, was scheduled to play a set. Fellow music aficionado Decky was on board, along with several Lushers! 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‘. There was nothing for it. Twas time for a whisky. Or two. Make that three. An hour later, the Lushers rolled in, as Mr. Cooper laid down some generous beats. But it’s getting late, 02:00, should I leave? No dice, too late to leave now anyway. I got the poison. 03:00! Closing Time. Home Jameson! And don’t spare the horses!