Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Upstairs, Downstairs

Wright Folks: 1. Sarah Jane Goff & Aoife O’Higgins; 2. John Walsh, Derry Clarke & Dylan Bradshaw; 3. Michael Wright & Kym Wright. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

Things have just gotten a bit more exciting in the sleepy northside suburb of Clontarf. The newest retro chic Gilbert & Wright bar has just opened at Hollybrook (off the Howth Road) and with it comes the aptly named Downstairs Restaurant.

With its funky 70's style decor, great cocktails and iconic music from the 70's & 80's this new bar and restaurant combo will be a hit with those who like to keep it local … if the G&W bars in Dun Laoghaire, Malahide and Swords are anything to go by.

Owner Michael Wright and his wife Kym were on hand to welcome well wishers on launch night and the place was certainly packed with them. Restaurateur Derry Clarke, Jackie Rafter, Dylan Bradshaw and photographer Barry McCall along with rugby pundit Brent Pope all had a gay old time.