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Pub Crawler

All aboard the MV Cill Airne!

cill-airneAs novelties go, the MV Cill Airne is in a league of its own, Situated on the North Wall Quay, just opposite The Convention Centre at Spencer Dock this boat has more to offer than your typical tavern. Having moved to the Docklands area recently, I was starting to panic at the apparent lack of traditional style local bar(s) that I had become so accustomed to over the years. A fellow country mouse (of the sibling variety) had come to visit the new bolt-hole and once we had oohed and aahed enough at its loveliness, we decided that our conversation would be greatly enhanced by the consumption of alcohol.
So we decided not to venture too far into town making the Blue River Bistro Bar (as part of the MV Cill Airne) our first port of call. Since then, I can safely say I’ve fallen hook, line and sinker – yes, that cliché – for the place. Price wise, it’s no better or worse than your average pub in the city. The place is generally heaving on a Friday evening as the nearby IFSC office suits and their colleagues often pick this location as their post-working week watering hole of choice. If you’re looking for atmosphere, visit at some stage over a weekend. Earlier in the week, you’re likely to meet smaller groups or couples desperate for a bit of down time in an unusual setting.
The boat has plenty of on-deck seating, which explains why it is generally full to overflowing throughout the summer. It’s a holiday on your doorstep. Be mindful of the Irish weather though as I did see one punter running on the spot over a wet deck, post rain shower. It’s also an ideal spot for drinks or food before or after an O2 concert. Each time I visit I meet the most interesting people ranging from French naval officers (score!) to elderly new age types eager to strike up conversation. Universal Pictures recently chose the venue for an after show event to celebrate The Boat that Rocked premiere, giving the boat a little more kudos as a party location. And as part of the same promotion, Today FM broadcasted from there for an entire day. I can’t be certain but I think (and hope) there was even an American style buy back drinks system in place one a while back.If drinking is not your thing (you sorry, sorry people) check out the Quay 16 restaurant where, I am assured, you will not be disappointed. Though it doesn’t actually journey anywhere, the MV Cill Airne could be Ireland’s floating version of the Orient Express!

The MV Cill Airne is on Quay 16, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1, tel: +353 (0)1 8178760.


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