The Bank on College Green is a bar and restaurant that really captures the attention. The exterior is an imposing building on a street of imposing buildings. Inside is a spectacular cathedral of stained glass, marble pillars, and mosaic tiled floors.
The building dates back to 1892 when it was constructed as a bank. These days it’s one of the cities most immaculate pubs. It’s a pub with a lot of history in it and also one that celebrates Ireland’s revolutionary past in the form of a series of busts of signatories of the proclamation of the Irish Republic, as well as one of Countess Marcievicz. A fiery quote of hers adorns a wall in the building. It reads “Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots. Leave your jewels in the bank and buy a revolver.”
The pub is well known as a place where you can get an excellent meal and a nice setting in which to enjoy it, but you may not know about a semi-secret room in the vast bar where you and a group of 5 others can enjoy a meal in private. The room was once the office of the manager of the bank. It features a chandelier, high ceilings, photographs relating to Irish history and a bust of Michael Collins.
If you’ve got a special occasion or celebration coming up then this could be a great option to treat yourself and dine in striking surroundings.
The bar uses excellent local Irish ingredients on their menu. Try the slow roasted Wicklow Lamb shank, seafood linguine with Dublin bay mussels, or slow roasted pork belly with black pudding gratin potatoes. Maybe finish off the meal with an Irish whiskey from their extensive collection. They might even have a drop of Michael Collins whiskey available so you can toast to his presence in the room!