By Charlotte Okonji
Temple Bar’s old reliable Buskers is back with a unique new look: sophisticated man cave, taking the Boys Night Out from sloppy to suave.
Last night saw the Temple Bar Hotel launch an exciting new venue, “Buskers On The Ball”, a new concept in Dublin’s nightlife scene, where games such as Ping-Pong and Foosball, an impressive food and drink menu, conference space plus live sport screenings are combined to create a one of a kind entertainment space.
Kicking off at 7pm, we were welcomed at the door with a glass of Prosecco (great start!) before heading downstairs, where our appetites were further whetted by a plethora of tasty bite sized nibbles. Looking around us, the roomy venue had already drawn an impressive crowd, despite the early hour and the fact that Thursday is a school night…tut tut! The high tables and chairs proved to be a bit much for my lovely companion’s dodgy knee, but without even batting an eyelid, a smiling member of staff whisked us away to more appropriate seating, where we had the perfect vantage point to view the night’s fun and games.
Buckets of ice-cold Corona and deep dishes of nachos on each table, as well as a popcorn stand were the perfect accompaniment to the games of Pool, Shuffleboard and Foosball that were battled out on the 14 games tables dotted around the rooms. With the city’s largest indoor video wall as a backdrop, guests chatted, laughed and mingled with the night’s special guests: Irish football heroes Phil Babb and Jason McAteer.
As the night wore on, further examples of the kitchens culinary know-how reached the hungry patrons: mini cones of crispy fish and chips, and golden chicken goujons and chips. I can honestly say that the cocktails were some of the best I’ve enjoyed in a long time. Barman James Walsh was as easy on the eye as his Amaretto Surprise and Strawberry Surprise concoctions were on my taste buds. The hotels sales manager, Nicola, informed me that although the venue had a definite upscale man cave vibe, anyone who is looking for a night of fun, games, and first rate food and drink will find exactly what they are looking for behind Buskers doors. Evolving from the days of Boomerang Nightclub, to Alchemy, to its current form, Buskers On The Ball has hit on a winning formula.
Don’t know where to go tonight? Get down to Buskers On The Ball after 5pm, flash your Leap Card and start the night with a free Corona. Open till late, Buskers On The Ball is located on Fleet Street, Temple Bar. See http://www.buskersontheball.com/ for further details.