Dice Bar was originally opened by New York band Fun Lovin’ Criminals (they also began the excellent DiFontaine’s, which I wrote about previously). Both places have that distinctive New York cool that comes from a mix of good taste and not trying too hard.
Located on the Luas (tram) tracks, with double-aspect windows and ramshackle on-street seating, you can watch the world bustle by here.
I can’t have a pint at Dice Bar without interrupting myself multiple times to exclaim “I LOVE this song!” (I must be pretty annoying company here). The DJs playlists are exactly what I’d want to hear at a house party: staying mellow in the early evening and later taking it up a notch, in a perfect mix of the best nostalgia and current cool.
Bar staff are friendly and fun (case in point: I once visited Dice Bar the night before I flew to Toronto, a detail the barman must have overheard me mention to my drinking buddy, because he quietly slid my change across the bar in Canadian dollars). They also brew their own beer. The excellent Revolution Dublin Beer and Augustine Steam Lager are only available on tap at Dice. This may change soon however; as they’ve excitingly just opened a sister-bar, The Mission, around the corner on the River Liffey. A mellower version of Dice, The Mission is also the only bar in the city that can boast a direct view of the Guinness Brewery, and does a mean toasted cheese sandwich!