Mary’s: Wicklow St.
Mary’s Bar and Hardware is the newest old pub in the city centre. It popped up a number of years ago in what the author believes to be the space previously occupied by Tower Records just off the main thoroughfare of Grafton St. The welcoming bar is in the guise of a country pub come hardware and is decorated with old adverts, newspaper articles and the type of ancient paraphernalia you might find in your granny’s rural attic. The front of the long bar is festooned with various building materials and DIY wares, and indeed you can purchase a can of WD40 to accompany your jar if you so choose.
In the putting together of this post I couldn’t help but wonder if I’d actually been eager to visit a pub which describes as custom made to look old, selling DIY materials across the road from Brown Thomas. On paper it does sound a fairly gimmicky affair. But no law of paper ever applied to the pints and the craic and Mary’s is most definitely a fine addition to the assortment boozers scattered throughout town.
The pint is first-rate, but lads we need to talk about the price. Five euro and thirty cent is a scandalous price to pay for a jar of stout and I won’t entertain any precedent set by location bollox. My carefree adolescent spirit obviously lingered on in the premises after the record shop moved because I somehow managed to overlook the price on this particular day. But €5.30! Sort it out lads.
On our last visit we were approached in the front section of the bar by a man who was after native dubs to join him in a sing-song. Thinking little of it we assured him we’d join in upon his signal. His signal was to come some minutes later in the form of a roar which wouldn’t be amiss signalling the start of an MGM film. After the bar fell to silence he tore into a rousing version of The Monto that put a smile on the face of everyone within earshot. Afterward he joined us for a few jars and we swapped a few songs. All very fittingly begorah and begosh, given the surroundings.
Mary’s gets the seal of approval here, albeit tentatively given the price of the jar. The craic is hard to beat and the surroundings are unique within the City. Well worth a look!