I think most of us would agree, swans are beautiful creatures. They’ve provided inspiration for writers and poets since the dawn of time. There’s ‘The Children of Lir’ and their three hundred year exile as swans on Lough Derravaragh. And of course, Tchaikovsky’s magnum opus ‘Swan Lake’, which acted as inspiration for Aronofksy‘s malevolent masterpiece ‘Black Swan’. Not to mention maverick author/philosopher Taleb’s fascinating ‘black swan theory’.
Swans epitomise elegance, beauty and a sense of mystery, and so it’s no surprise to see the edifice that houses Lynch’s aka ‘The Swan’ bar, encapsulates exactly those qualities.
This Victorian building has a fascinating history. The premises were occupied by the Irish Volunteers during The Easter Rising and subsequently by anti-treaty forces during The Civil War.
The warring factions now departed, nowadays you’re more likely to bump into an old friend as you walk through the sturdy wooden entrance doors. And sure enough, that’s exactly what happened me recently when I spotted the familiar features of Cormac, as I entered the lobby.
A man of immense musical knowledge, Cormac and I bonded back in ’97 where we frequented the same indie club ‘Full ‘O Beans’ in Andrew’s Lane Theatre. Cormac is the only person I’ve yet met who not only shares the same birthday but also the same birthdate as yours truly. As well as an obsession with electronic slaphead legends Orbital!
Next up, a creamy pint of Dublin Porter. Music chatter commenced! Dead Can Dance, Prefab Sprout, Chumbawamba (don’t ask!) and watching ‘Gene’ in a sweaty East London fleapit surrounded by squaddies & squatters. Good times!
The Swan Bar | Bars | Dublin Porter € 5.20
58 York St | +35314752722
Mon – Thu 11:00 – 23:30, Fri – Sat 11:00 – 00:30, Sun 12:30 – 23:00