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This Is 'The Best Seat In The House' In Any Bar According To Top Dublin Restaurateur

By Megan Cassidy

August 23, 2018 at 9:46am

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Have you ever walked into a bar or restaurant, seen that the only seats left are at the bar, and turned around and walked out?

Maybe it's the way staff pitch the seats - "I only have seats at the bar" - that makes us think of the high stools as the second-best option.

Well, according to top Dublin restaurateur Damien Quinn, the bar is actually the "best seat in the house".

We popped in last week for a sneak peek at new Temple Bar restaurant Crow Street co-owned by Damien and David Coffey, when Damien gave us the pro-tip.

Crow Street Lounge

He said:

"Of course it's the best seat in the house. A good mixologist will always make a drink to the last millilitre, but if there is a little bit of overflow, if you're sitting at the bar you'll be the first person to get it.

"It's also a good way to see drinks being made, you might get to taste drinks and get a little bit of insight from the mixologist as well.

"You always feel a little more special sitting at the bar."


Damien and Dave have incorporated this idea into the design of their cocktail bar on the first floor of their two-storey Temple Bar gem.

"The beer taps are at the back so that people sitting at the bar aren't obstructed.

"It also creates a bit more theatre with the cocktails on the counter space. We encourage people to sit at the bar."

Lounge Bar

Crow Street is open seven nights a week for dinner from 5 - 11pm.

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