When the sun is shining in Dublin there is no better time to try out a new bar. Everyone is in high spirits and the atmosphere is unbeatable, with this in mind I stopped by The Fourth Corner to indulge in an ice cold drink.
Sitting on ‘The Four Corners of Hell’ – the name was once given to the crossroads of Kevin’s Street, Patrick’s Street, New Street and New Street in Dublin Liberties, is now the Fourth Corner.
Each of the corners housed a different pub; Lowe’s, Kenny’s, Quinn’s and O’Beirne’s. When closing time came around, hoards of drunken revellers would spill onto the city streets, and rowdy fights were a common sight.
While the original pubs may have disappeared, one location has reinvented itself into a much more trendy spot. The Fourth Corner describes themselves as “a modern take on your local neighbourhood bar.”
The Fourth Corner is a new bar offering on the Dublin scene having only opened in March – still shining with a fresh coat of paint and contemporary furnishings. We arrived on Thursday evening to a good size crowd yet still a good few tables for us to choose from.
The Bank Holiday was right around the corner and everyone was in good spirits chattering away. The bar quickly saw more jolly customers arrive eager for a drink to cool them from the summer sun.
On each table are the Fourth Corner’s cocktail menu and candles sitting atop old bottles of gin, giving the pub a rustic charm. The cocktail menu is small yet a distinct nod to the history of the area with four unique cocktails named after the pubs that once stood at the four corners, all priced at €10.
Lovers of the classic cocktails are assured that whatever they fancy can be whipped up by expert barman Tom, who also designed the tempting cocktail list and choose all the fantastic whiskey sitting behind the bar.
They also offer their signature serves (€9.00) such as Dingle Gin and Tonic and an interesting sounding Teelings Poition and Lemon.
The end of week slump was hitting me and with the weekend in sight, I needed a drink to put a little pep in my step. The Quinns cocktail was calling my name. Absolut Vodka, Kahula, Caramel Syrup and Coffee Porter – the friendly bar girl assures me its a drink you can enjoy a few of and not get too hyped up on coffee. It was delicious, rich and smooth and not too sweet – the coffee porter was a delicious addition, giving the cocktail a deep flavour.
Next up on the list was the O’Beirnes. As a gin lover, I couldn’t resist this Bombay Gin and Elderflower Syrup mixture with Lime, Sugar, Fresh Berries and topped with Soda. I prefer citrus and sharp flavours so I was thinking the sugar and berry medley of this drink wouldn’t be to my taste yet it was perfect! It was easy to drink, refreshing and (almost) seemed like it was good for my health. The perfect cocktail on a hot summer’s day.
If you’re feeling lucky why not head to the back of the bar and play a few rounds on the vintage Street Fighter arcade machine – this was a firm favourite in my house growing up. My only advice; don’t let the alcohol influence you to bet money on your gaming skills – it turns out mine were very rusty.
The bar also features a small snug of sorts – two high stools sit behind a door to the right of the bar, perfect for those looking for a little peace and quiet. A quick trip to the bathroom and patrons are greeting with a large neon sign boldly asking “Where Are Your Friends Tonight?” – a reference to LCD Soundsystems popular song.
From 6pm daily, you can order Dublin Pizza Company directly to the bar. Choose from wood fired pizza’s (with some tasty sounding vegan and veggie options too), homemade dips and sides.
I could see others nibbling away on their own pizzas, my hunger growing from the delicious smells floating around the bar. The pizza comes directly from Dublin Pizza Company via a swift delivery service and then is presented on wooden boards to eager diners.
The Four Cheese (€12.00) sounded like what the doctor ordered . A heavenly combination of West Cork mozzarella, West Cork scamorza, Humming Bark and Tipperary 3 Year Aged Coolea topped with Rocket & Olive Oil. To pair with the pizza the Black Garlic and Truffle Aioli sounded too good to pass up.
The aioli was divine and the pizza was fresh with a lovely light smokey taste and the cheese – what’s can I say? It was fantastic. Make sure when you stop by The Fourth Corner you arrive both thirsty and hungry!
The total for two perfectly mixed cocktails and a fantastic pizza came to €34.00. The price tag was fitting to the quality of the drinks and food and I was very happy with the amount.
Although still a baby on the scene, The Fourth Corner is certainly making a name for itself. The staff are knowledgeable about their drinks and giving service with smiles and friendly faces.
The bar has a laid back vibe with people of all ages and backgrounds enjoying the contemporary take on the classic pub. With killer cocktails, super cool staff and perfect pizza one can only see that the future is looking bright for The Fourth Corner.
The Fourth Corner
50 Patrick Street
T: +353 1 473 3932
REVIEW BY SINÉAD SMYTH