Mary’s Bar and Hardware, 8 Wicklow Street
Despite the distressed decor, with boots dangling from the ceiling, old buckets and sweet jars, this pub isn’t rustic, it’s close to Grafton Street, Dublin’s largest shopping area, and is surrounded by trendy clothes shops. It isn’t old either, despite the faded wallpaper, pots, pans and worn look, it opened in Autumn 2014.
Its retro rustic theme makes it unlike most Dublin bars and reminds you of the pub shops that you can still find in the villages and towns along the Wild Atlantic Way, from Donegal to Cork. These pubs offer up beer and whiskey with groceries, sweets, hardware, haircuts or postal services.
At Mary’s Bar and Hardware, they sell classic confectionery like Refreshers, Mint Crisp, Sour Apple Drops, Candy Canes, Sherbet Lemons & Clove Rocks. If you’re interested in DIY you can get your supplies of nails, screws, light bulbs, fire lighters, paint and even hard hats.
You might buy a hard hat, but you probably won’t need it. This is usually a cosy, well-behaved pub frequented mainly by shoppers and tourists.
You can also buy ear-defenders, but dont wear them on Tuesday or Thursday nights when traditional music is played until late, as you’ll probably cause offence.
An adequate selection of Guinness, lager, cider and ‘craft’ beer, and have a wide range of Irish whiskies such as Bushmills, Jameson, Powers, Paddy, Redbreast, Teeling and Writer’s Tears. They also run a Whiskey Wednesday promotion where selected whiskies are priced at only 6 euro.
However they seem to be short of liqueurs, we asked for Southern Comfort and Benedictine and were disappointed. In fact, they had never heard of Benedictine.
Food – Toasties
If you’re hungry, you can order Cheese, Cheese & Ham or Cheese, Tomato & Onion toasties. They also have a deal running from Monday to Thursday where a toastie and a pint of Guinness or Heineken is offered at €8. The bar man toasts the sandwiches behind the bar while pulling pints and taking orders, so you might have to wait a while for your order.
Nice cosy rustic atmosphere miles from rural Ireland, traditional music, lots of nooks & crannies. The staff are also friendly and know how to pour a well settled pint of Guinness.
This pub is narrow and can get extremely congested, especially when people crowd around the TV, at weekends, when football or rugby is on, making it difficult to get to the bar for a drink or even leave the pub.
Also the area at the bar is usually very busy at the weekends and staff seem to lack peripheral vision and they aren’t the best at judging who’s next to be served. So let them know if you are next in the queue or you might have to wait awhile.
Some questions to ponder after a couple of top pints of Guinness…So who exactly holds the following records?
- Biggest number of socks put on one foot in 30 seconds. …
- Tallest toilet paper tower ever made in 30 seconds. …
- Fastest time to arrange the letters of the alphabet from a can of alphabet spaghetti. …
- Most Smarties eaten in 60 seconds blindfolded using only chopsticks. …
- Quickest time to eat a 12-inch pizza using a knife and fork.
Mary’s Bar and Hardware
8 Wicklow Street,