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The Capel Street Series – Slatterys #6

This week’s edition of The Capel Street Series looks at a Dublin institution: Slatterys at 129 Capel Street. Loved by locals and frequented by some of Ireland’s music legends a visit to Dublin isn’t complete without a visit to Slatterys!

Most locals know it for its music when, back in the day, it played host to some of Dublin’s greatest talents; Thin Lizzy, Van Morrison, and Christy Moore, to name a few. It was a beacon for new talent, and the coolest place for a young rocker to be.  These days it’s still got a lot of music within its newly refurbished walls, but the order of the day is traditional Irish ceol.  Slatterys has gone back to its roots, and within the past few months installed a most impressive 1916 commemorative wall.

Brian has been manager since January 2014, and he’s never off his feet – as you might expect, working in a bar that opens at 7am.  The venue also hosts The Guinness Hooley Night, featuring Traditional Irish music, dancing and storytelling.  Fierce craic!

There’s a great atmosphere in the bustling bar, where workers from the nearby Smithfield food market come for an award winning early Irish breakfast.  And of course, given its proximity to the Jameson Distillery and the Guinness Storehouse, the large bar on the corner is never short of tourists.  Sports fans flock here too, mainly for the Guinness and the grub, and the ten screens mean they won’t miss a thing.  What about students?  “We’ve a few, and there’s more of them down in The Boars Head – it’s not competition, once they come to Capel Street!”

If you liked this story, take a deeper look at Slatterys and visit their website.