Situated in a fine old building on the quays that was formerly home to the original Dublin Workingmen’s Club, the one thing you are sure not to find in this venue are working men.
Since opening in 2010 it has etablished itself as one of Dublin’s leading hipster hang-outs, so if you like to wear vintage or American Apparel, ride a fixed-gear bicycle and know your Animal Collectives from your Django Djangos, this is probably the place for you.
With a live concert venue and bars on two different floors, the Workman’s Club has successfully tapped into the city’s post-recessionary zeitgeist: so extravagant decor, exorbitant drinks prices and designer label-clad clientèle are out, down-at-heel shabby chic is in.
Of course, to an extent this is all a bit contrived and disingenuous – the fake tan brigade may not be welcome here but there is no shortage of posers. Nevertheless, the music is good, and the upstairs bar in particular has a very pleasant, relaxed ambiance, like being at a private house party that just happens to have a good DJ and fine views over the river Liffey. And it is refreshing to go to a late-night music venue in this city and pay ordinary pub prices for drinks. They have also added on a large smoking area out the back.
For how long this non-trendy venue will remain, well, trendy remains to be seen. I shall keep you posted.