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Gilbert and Wright., Malahide Co. Dublin

Gilbert and wright

1 Ross Lane, Malahide, Co. Dublin.

:+353 1 8456580

Price: € 0-60 (for two with wine)

Hours: 10am 'til late seven days.

Review

What, you may ask, do superstar David Bowie, jazz legend BB Jackson, ‘70s memorabilia like vinyl record turntables and comfy seating all have in common? The answer is they’re all found – in some shape or form – in the Gilbert & Wright Wine Bar in Swords and the Gilbert & Wright Living Room in Malahide, two of the most sought-after night spots on Dublin’s north-side.

Gilbert & Wright is a uniquely different concept on the social entertainment scene, with two locations providing relaxation in an informal yet intimate setting with a distinctly ‘70s retro vibe to them. Whether you lived through the Seventies or simply appreciate the cultural aspects of that decade, Gilbert & Wright will raise an eyebrow or two and bring a smile to your face! From older-style wooden floors and occasional shag-pile carpets to free-standing lamps with their strange-shaped shades and stacked sound speakers/woofers, this is the ‘70s re-visited in no uncertain way. Music icons of the era – from Blondie to Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix to The Doors – feature on specially commissioned wall paintings while framed album covers and platinum record awards adorn other walls. Funky chintzy wallpaper – covered in one case with ducks flying in formation! – add to the distinctive ‘70s feel.

Mix ‘n match couches with soft seating and leopard-skin cushion covers, a manual typewriter, old dial-up telephones, an assortment of tables and chairs and other memorabilia are all reminiscent of the Seventies era.

The food is casual bistro fare and they open for breakfast each day at 10am. Lunch here is popular and the all day menu features some seafood favourites along with a selection of salads, desserts and something for those who just want to grab a quick sandwich. Gilbert and Wrights is smart and has a nice fibe, check them out if you are in the area.
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