Ukiyo sits on the junction of Exchequer Street and Dame Court. It’s a corner of the city that never sleeps, something which acts as both a blessing and a curse.
It guarantees a high footfall, but it also exposes the venue to the worst excesses of the drunken hordes, late on weekend nights. Thankfully, the latter is less of an issue in these post Celtic Tiger days, and you can happily munch on your delicious ‘Steak & Egg burrito’ in peace, safe in the knowledge you’re ingesting enough protein to last you the entire week, your only concern being whether the rest of the clientele in Ukiyo notices there is more of said burrito on your chin than in your mouth (it’s full to the brim). But no, nobody is watching, it’s that kind of place, friendly but unobtrusive.
And once you’ve successfully negotiated the burrito, you can always wander downstairs, and try your hand at Tina Turner’s ‘Simply the Best’ in one of the Karaoke rooms downstairs. Or even better, bring a bunch of friends, and get four of them to judge you, X-Factor style. Bonus marks if one of them is a smug git with high waisted trousers, and another speaks with a noticeable Geordie accent (pet).
And hey, if you get four ‘thumbs down’, don’t worry about it, Your friends probably know nothing about music anyway. I bet they don’t even have a vinyl collection!