THE 'LOCK-IN' (13.05.02)

I have been informed by a kind anonymous correspondent that new licencing laws mean even more fun for all! The letter states that "most (Dublin) pubs stay open til 2.30am [02:30] on the weekends or half-past one [01:30] during the week. However, some landlords occasionally take a big risk by closing the outside door and dimming the lights, giving the impression of closure to passers-by. However, drink continues to be served until the early hours of the morning! This practice is not very common in Dublin but great lock-ins can be experienced in the country towns and villages. Don't get arrested by the Gardai though! The safest lock-in we've ever attended was in the pub in Inismann in the Aran Islands where there is no regular policeman (I think!).

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The pubs on the following pages are outside the city centre but, we feel worth the effort. I am most grateful again to Stefan Engemann [SE] for his contribution. Stef is an expert on out-of-the-city locations and has tried the following. The benefits of making the journey southwards are that there are hardly any tourists, the venues are filled with Dubs, they're easier to get access, safer and less crowded and, best of all, tend to be cheaper!

Rathmines - just south of Dublin city [map section N-60]

Rathmines is an old village just beyond the Grand Canal. It is well worth a visit at any time of day or night. Stef gives the following recommendations:

"Tramco - very popular place for students (third level) and has many seats and has 3 levels and after 10.30 (I think) there is a cover charge. Beer is average price. Savanaghs - Rathmines - Across the road from Tramcos. Not as big as Tramcos but in the front part there is ample space for a chat and movement, in the back there is a dance floor (all one level). As usual after 11 there is a cover charge. [SE]

Ballsbridge - the Embassies area of Dublin

Paddy Cullens Bar - Ballsbridge. A nice traditional Irish Bar with ample space (if you arrive early on the weekend). There are two floors (late night bar) with late D.J and traditional Irish bands playing. Price of average pint (Heineken is 4.20 euro). Recommended. I have never been there but have heard good things about it. [SE]

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