The Dylan Hotel,
+353 16 603 000
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Sun-Wed noon-11pm, Thu 11:30pm, Fri-Sat noon-12.30am
The Dylan Bar lies within the five-star hotel of the same name, a hotel which bills itself as being "the finest luxury boutique hotel in Ireland". The hotel sits between Victorian houses in Dublin's leafy suburbs and looks perfectly prim and formal from outside. However, the bar inside is wonderfully ostentatious.
This place oozes fashion and style in a Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen meets Alice In Wonderland kind-of-way way with luxurious blue velvet stools and purple high chairs set in front of a shapely polished pewter bar. It reeks of glam Celtic Tiger.
Times have changed but The Dylan still boasts some of the trappings with A-list guests - the wealthy and simply gorgeous drawn here by a restaurant and cocktail bar held in high regard.
Although slightly on the bling side, this is a very pleasant place to relax while the outside patio with its tent-like roof is a smoker's haven.