Beyond the Walls of Bow St.
We have some great neighbourhood friends in Dublin, having lived here since 1780.
Not so long ago, we collaborated on a spectacular art print with (relatively) new kid on the block Jando, a multi-award winning printmakers based in Smithfield. The planning was as fun as the collaboration, so when we asked them to compile a list of their favourite haunts around Bow Street and they responded with the below, it brought back fond memories of long lunches, great coffee and even the odd inspirational cinema trip.
Take it away Jando …
The Lighthouse Cinema
Before we lived in Smithfield we used to regularly make the trip across town to visit The Lighthouse Cinema. Our work is inspired by elements of pop culture and film especially, so it should be no surprise that we try and get to the cinema at least once a week. We love the variety of films you can see in The Lighthouse, there’s always something for everyone, from the classics to the latest releases. With a really nice bar and cafe on site too it’s a lovely place to pop into even if you’re not going to see a film. The screenings of ‘Stop Making Sense’ are always great craic.
One of the most unique bars in Dublin, if not one of the most unique bars in Ireland there aren’t many places around like Token. The insanely cool spot combines some of our favourite things in the world amazing food and drinks with retro video games and on top of this they also have some of the nicest staff you’ll ever meet. A regular of ours, you’ll often find us here on a Friday night winding down after the week. We definitely landed on our feet when Token opened up just around the corner from us!
Proper Order and Provender & Family
We’re incredibly spoiled to have so many gorgeous coffee shops in the area so we are cheating a little bit by choosing two of our favourites rather than just the one. We’re a sucker for Sceal Bakery’s weekend treats in Proper Order, who can beat a great coffee and one of their famous cinnamon morning buns. Provender & Family’s coffee is fab and it’s our go to if we’re in need of something a little bit more substantial, their sausage rolls are some of the best in Dublin! With both of these on our doorstep, we don’t need to venture very far to get our coffee fix.
L. Mulligan Grocer
As we run our own business our work life balance can get a little muddled at times so there’s nothing we love more than a pint in a cosy pub to rebalance the balance when things get a little bit crazy. One of our favourite spots in the city to chill out is the famous Mulligans Pub. Known equally for its impressive variety of craft beers, which change seasonally so there’s always something new to try, as much as it is known for its top notch pub grub we can’t think of a better place to while away the hours. Check out their scotch eggs! Amazing!
Cotto in Stoneybatter is run by the same folks who run Oxmantown who incidentally just also happen to make some of the best sandwiches Dublin has to offer. Check out “The Ruby”, Owen’s favourite. Cotto serve some of the finest pizza in the city and this pizza joint is firmly on our list of regular haunts. Not only content at serving some of the best pizza in the capital they also have an epic brunch menu consisting of things other than pizza that has a little bit of something for everyone. Fabulous service too.
Founded in 2015 by husband and wife Julie + Owen Mc Loughlin, Jando are a multi award winning printmaking studio based in Dublin, Ireland. Combining cinematic perspective and their love of architecture with a pop culture sensibility, Jando’s work is exciting and modern, with a strong emphasis placed on kineticism and the playful use of colour. Jando skillfully blend a combination of both physical and digital disciplines, including screen printing and hand drawn illustration to create their distinctive body of work.
Introduction to Collaboration
We recently collaborated with Jameson to create a striking art print that depicts the Jameson Distillery Bow St. facade and canopy. In a happy coincidence we had recently purchased our first home in Smithfield Square which overlooks the newly renovated distillery that John Jameson originally built way back over 230 years ago, so the collaboration felt like a natural step for us.
Introduction to Piece
We were delighted when Jameson approached us to share some of our favourite places in Smithfield and Dublin 7. We had both wanted to live in the Smithfield area for years and our dream finally came true last year when we managed to buy our first home here and moved in last January. We’ve spent the last few months exploring all the places that make Dublin 7 special so we feel at this stage we know the area pretty well. With so many wonderful independent business based in the area it was very hard to narrow down the list but we hope you enjoy some of our very favourite haunts.