“ 1 Fownes Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Tel: +353-(0)1-677 9328 „
Taking its name from a traditional Irish Song the Foggy Dew sits in the shadow of the Central Bank on Dame Street. Despite its proximity to all things stuff the Foggy retains a laid back charm and old world decor that is very inviting to all. The building itself is a mixture of stone and wooden windows, which contain slightly garish if unusual mirrors at their centre. The bar itself is quite narrow but extends right onto Crowe street which contains the wonderful Cajun restaurant Tante Zoe's. The Foggy's youthful clientele is a mixture of students, business people and some leather clad bikers. At weekends it is packed and like most of the pubs in Temple Bar it does charge exorbitant prices for beer. The Foggy serves food right up to 6 o'clock. It is generally unspectacular and of the soup and sandwiches variety. The pub comes into its own on Guinness Blues weekend when any number of bands can play there in a single day. There are gigs at other times throughout the year but these take place infrequently. The Foggy Dew's appeal is its ordinariness, if you are sick to the back teeth of following the herd to a Superpub or those pubs that resemble sitting rooms then this is the place for you. Its music policy (to be heard quietly/loudly in the background, depending on the time of day) is mainstream indie and 60's. The Foggy is a particular favourite for pre-gig drinks because it is so close to the Olympia Theatre and Dublin Castle. The Foggy Dew has the friendliest bouncers you're likely to meet anywhere in Dublin but they tend to be very strict when it comes to having the correct ID. Although the queues that form outside it at weekends are generally fast moving, space can be at a premium inside up to a point where it almost gets uncomfortable.