• Tanisha Smith

The Quays: Urine-credible

Updated: Jan 16, 2019

Dublin is one of my favourite cities in the world, and I have been to A LOT of cities so that is saying something. There is just something about the city that draws me in and feels like home. Whether it's the friendly people, the historical architecture or the many AMAZING shopping options, I will never tire of Dublin.

As you can probably guess, I could go on and on ad nauseum about Dublin but that is not what this post is about. This post is about 'The Quays,' my favourite bar in Dublin. The Quays is located smack in the middle of the world-famous Temple Bar area, and while I'm not usually one for touristy areas or attractions, Temple Bar is an exception. Always brimming with people, Temple Bar is Dublin's bustling centre and it is definitely one that should not be missed.

I digress...

The Quays! This place is everything you would want in an Irish pub. It has a kind of grungy charm that borders on revolting and refreshing.

How is that even possible, you might ask.

Well, The Quays in many ways is your typical urine-soaked, often overcrowded, dark and dingy bar.

Wait a minute, how is any of that appealing?

It is an anomaly I guess, but the familiar scent of urine wafting from the downstairs toilets and the cramped and oft hard to navigate bar space just add to the charm. When you walk into the Quays you feel like you have stumbled into a hole-in-the-wall, dive bar where the only goal is to drink, sing and dance without trying to impress anyone.

Tanisha, you're nuts... nobody wants that.

Wrong! If you show up on any holiday or weekend it is jam-packed, and for good reason. Live music is their game and they do it well! On any given night you will find a band or solo artist cranking out covers, classics and originals.

Now for those of you, like me, who prefer to not be smashed up against a bazillion strangers, smelling what they had for dinner and being bathed in Bulmers, fear not! The weekday scene at The Quays has all the live music, with more personal space and a significantly decreased potency of urine smell.

Still don't believe me? That's cool. I highly recommend you check it out for yourself. Who knows you may even find me there, double-fisting pints of Bulmers and dancing like nobody's watching, of course.


xx T

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