Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Speakeasy at The Exchange

Easy now: 1. Virginia Macari & Helen O’Dwyer; 2. Laura Haughey & Izabella Chudzicka; 3. Joanna Fitzpatrick & Hazel O’Sullivan. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

The Speakeasy is the latest trend sweeping the nocturnal playgrounds of the world. Representing one of the stranger exercises in nostalgia to grip society, the infatuation with the good old days of Prohibition has been seen all over the U.S. - Varnish in Los Angeles; Bourbon & Branch in San Francisco; Speakeasy in Cleveland; the Violet Hour in Chicago are just a few speakeasy haunts where fancy cocktails are being shaken for on-trend social bods.

Now The Exchange Bar at the Westin Hotel brings a whole new Speakeasy vibe to Dublin nightlife. A host of familiar faces from the social scene were at the Taittinger champagne launch including Miss Ireland Emma Waldron, Berni and Lorenzo Cafolla, Will McCreevey, Catriona Hanly and Triona McCarthy, Georgia Salpa, Brian Kennedy and Virginia Macari.

Weathergirl Nuala Carey was a popular person on the night as many wanted the low down on the forecast ahead while Romy Carroll was making everyone green with envy with talk of her upcoming trip to Jamaica.

With funky sounds from DJ Owen Clarke, live Percussion & Sax and signature cocktails inspired by forgotten recipes from Speakeasy days, the Art Deco style bar exudes old school style. Opening late on Friday and Saturday nights it is set to be the place to be pre-dancefloor.