31 Wexford Street, Camden Quarter, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland (Eire)
Tel: +353 01 478 0583
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Sun-Wed noon-12:30, Thu-Sat noon-2:30am
Door: Open door
Style: Lounge bar
Recommended for: Alfresco, Cigars/smoking, Cocktails, Music
Price guide: Middling
Food: Plates & dishes
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Gaelic for 'light', Solas is a cafe lounge bar with a reputation for great DJs - as soon as you walk in you'll be struck by the quality of the sound system. You will also be taken by the quality of the cocktails in this wonderfully laidback bar.
Laid out over three floors, Solas is long and narrow. The bar counter runs most of the length of the ground floor lounge with photos on the wall opposite tracking the path of the river Lithy. Upstairs lies another smaller lounge and bar with a popular rooftop terrace.
During the day Solas is a relaxing cafe bar with soulful Latin tunes. As day turns to night the DJs move in and the music and atmosphere gradually notches upwards with a play list that tends towards jazz-funk. At weekends the atmosphere is almost festival-like and negotiating your way through the crowd is difficult.
We were impressed by a beer range that includes the likes of Chimay, Duval and Leffe. A populist cocktail list errs towards the crowd pleasers such as Mojitos but also includes classics such as my beloved Daiquiri. In our experience cocktails are consistently well made.