Oysters, fish and chips, great Guinness, awesome decor, very nice but relaxes
Absolutely loved this place, recommended by bell hop at the Westin and ended up going twice.
Both times, got the oysters which were complimented by a few pints of Guinness. The oysters were fantastic, something I had not seen in the states was the addition of diced red onion as a side with the lemon and what not, must say this will be a standard for oyster eating going forward, delicious! Second time there got the oysters again but also had a meal by way of the fish and chips, which was very good.
The place really stands out through it's decor and staff. As you can guess by the name, was an old bank, so very high ceilings with ornate marble work. With that and all the nice decor inside of the structure, it somehow keeps a casual feel for the lunch time crowd. The bartenders both times were memorable, friendly and happy to suggest activities both in Dublin and other cities on the island. Highly recommend stopping in here if you have a few days in Dublin.
5 stars for the unique decor, 1 star for the food.
As others have said the decor is unique and beautiful. The food, sadly, was not very good. Ireland has a reputation for bland food, but it's not always like that, and doesn't have to be! For example, I recommend Johnny Fox's or Paulie's Pizza for amazing food. The Bank however was quite bland.
The "dry aged gourmet burger" was cooked to very well done. It's a shame to ruin good meat like that. Quite dry and tasteless. The lamb shank pot pie was also disappointing. The fries ("chips" if you prefer) were bland and boring.
I think you could do better for food most other places in Dublin.
We headed here for lunch and drinks. Walking in, I wished there was a home match on, as I'm sure The Bank would be the place to check it out. We settled for plenty of coverage of the out of town games to accompany our meal.
We all had drinks and oddly enough all decided on the Steak Sandwich. Ordering last, I was thinking of getting something different just to shake things up, but was glad I stuck with my original plan. While not what I pictured when ordering a sandwich, the steak was cooked correctly and tasted great. Beyond the steak, the service was smooth and the drinks were cold. In the end, The Bank turned out to be solid selection and worth a recommendation.
Pretty good food, but was hoping for a bit better for the price. I think it deserves three Euro signs and not two like it has,
Quite possibly my favorite bar of all of our trip to Dublin. Not your typical Irish pub, but this place has got to be a huge hit with the ladies. Upscale and classy atmosphere with matching clientele. My husband had the standard Guinness and I had a cocktail as well as a glass of Guinness and black. Both were delish. Looking forward to returning to this fabulous night spot - perhaps for Sunday roast - upon our return to Dublin!
This bar/restaurant might be the Taj Mahal of bars/restaurants. It is GEEYORGEOUS!
Prior to the Act of Union of 1800, this was the headquarters of the Bank of Ulster. After the Act, however, the Irish Parliament was subsumed into the British Parliament in Westminster. This had a domino effect such that not just the MPs but a whole train of commerce fled the city of Dublin, leading to a long and extreme downward spiral for the city's economy. Thus, the Bank of Ulster - like many other major commercial entities - relocated its headquarters to Belfast, which was the centre of industry in Ireland at the time.
Thus, the building fell into various uses until finally becoming the bar and restaurant that it is today.
One needn't step much further than the threshold to witness the opulence that formerly characterized Dublin, "the second city of the Empire." I happened to come here for a pint during the holiday season (after Christmas but before New Year's), and nearly bruised my jaw from it hitting the floor. Red marble walls, pillars, and columns, white marble reliefs, busts of influential figures from Irish history, and a tastefully incorporated mezzanine really make this a special place to be.
The brews cater to a broad palate. I tried the Galway Hooker, which is both fruity and creamy at the same time, making it hard for me to classify (but ultimately within ale territory). Of course they know how to pour a nice, creamy Guinness.
If you look to the top of the island in the bar (not the mezzanine, the island with all the bottles of yummy yummy alcohol), you'll find what I'm convinced are the world's largest Martini glass and Champagne flute. There is also a rather sizable Cognac snifter and beer goblet.
I highly recommend this place for early drinks (7-9PM), for the holiday visitor who's in the area and wants to see something beautiful without sacrificing beer time, and for people who can manage to grab a table.
Housed inside a gorgeous victorian building with a stained glass ceiling and lots of decor, the Bank has nice ambiance. We came around Christmas so there were extra lights everywhere, reflecting off the mirrors and creating more splendor. The live piano music was a nice touch too. The crowd was as little older, especially considering that it is right next to the campus. It felt a little more like where the professors drink, instead of the students.
We stopped in for a drink, but with the very pretty ladies providing excellent service, we ended up grabbing a light dinner as well. The food was quite good. Fat, juicy, and fresh oysters decorated with seaweed and sprouts started the meal. The soup of the day was hearty and a pleasant reprieve from the Dublin rain. Lightly coat in a buttery, cheesy tomato sauce, the vegetarian ravioli was pleasantly satisfying, even for omnivores.
Nice place to rest your feet after a. Long day of shopping. Good beer & cocktails. Food is ok.
Must use the loo downstairs to see old bank vaults. Piano player very good.
Happy New Year! Stopped here January 1 for brunch and we had a wonderful meal. The location is very easy to find and the decor is beautiful. Lovely marble floors and fires ablaze in the restaurant that led to a comfortable setting and a great place to people watch. Live piano music finished off a perfect atmosphere. The service was very attentive - at times maybe a little too - and friendly. The food was fantastic. We started with the soup du jour. A lovely homemade broccoli soup served with bread. I had a roasted beet salad with goat cheese that was fabulous. The ingredients were fresh and the presentation was gorgeous. Scott had the fish and chips served beautifully on a platter with mashed peas. The attention to detail was perfect. A wonderful start to 2014.
I think the last time I was here was on a bit of a pub crawl, so only had vague recollections of the place.
The pub is a very nice mix of suits, tourists and students who blend into the atmosphere of this great pub.
I really love the bar, which is smack in the middle and just the decor and ambiance made it feel like an elegant yet comfortable place to have a few pints and talk with some friends.
I look forward to eating there one day. The menu looks really tasty.
I've walked by the Bank on many occasions with the notion that I'd be expected to be wearing a suit and tie to enter. Why did I leave it this long to experience this place.
Interior is beautiful and very impressive with it's decorated high ceilings and chandeliers. The atmosphere is relaxed, people seem nice and the place does not have the snobby vibe I once imagined.
The drinks menu is extensive with a large variety of artisan and regular beers. It also boasts delicious cocktails - which is what we opted for in the end! Cocktail Sundays, woohoo.
We didn't have any food in the end, but my my, the food on the table next to me looked divine. Must give it a go soon!
This place would be perfect for dates and any special events.
My boyfriend kept trying to get me to go to The Bank with him, but I'd always decline, solely because from the outside it looks like a pretty fancy place, and every time we had walked by and he'd suggested it, I had been wearing runners. When I finally told him my concern. he laughed in my face and told me to get inside.
And I'm so glad I did. The first thing you notice about the bank are the amazing high ceilings. As everyone else has pointed out, the decor and ambiance are amazing. Its like going back in time. I also really enjoy the music. Every time I've gone, the music has been spot-on. It's song after song of, "OMG, I love this song. I havent heard it in ages, OMG, OMG, OMG." (Ok, thats after the alcohol has kicked in).
I've only eaten there twice, and while you cant beat the 10 euro lunch specials, the sandwiches I had were good, but nothing to write home about.
The service, though, is amazing. The waitresses are always very attentive, as well as the bar staff. I once ordered a double chocolate stout and it had to be poured a special way. The place was packed, but not only did the bartender take time to explain to me about the stout, but stopped by to pour a bit from the bottle whenever he noticed that my glass needed to be topped up.
My review is only based on drinks but with all the establishments to have libations in Temple Bar, when you return to a place three times on your trip, it's clearly something special.
Unlike many of the pubs around the area, The Bank has sprawling high ceilings, a fancy stock ticker above the very well stocked and ornate center bar. This is definitely a place to get your Mad Men on.
It was here that I was introduced to both Greenspot and Yellowspot. Our bartender talked us through their whiskey menu and answered all of our questions with ease. They also know how to turn out a wonderful martini and have a very decent bottle list along with the usual taps you will see around the area.
This place just has a feel of elegance that I appreciate, if only to contrast other establishments that we had spent time in. You can step in here, get a proper cocktail and enjoy some conversation.
Beautiful and bustling spot for lunch. We tucked into the only open table (still full with the office lunch crowd at 1:30pm!) in the large, airy restaurant, next to a toasty warm fireplace. By the time we left an hour later, there were still several tables of locals chatting over drinks or reading the paper.
We were served promptly and food arrived within 10 minutes of ordering.
They had an excellent lunch special, 10€ for a cup of tasty soup and a large chicken and brie sandwich on baguette. The chowder was also excellent, with big chunks of salmon, though not as good of a value (6.80€ for cup with brown bread). They have an extensive drinks menu, though prices are steep at around 5€ for a pint and 10-12€ for cocktails.
Recommended if you're looking for a classier but still affordable lunch in the Trinity College area!
Still a great upscale place to lunch. Very good food and such an opulent and beautiful building. Totally worth seeing. The bar itself is incredible.
It was my first time in this spot Sunday. Oddly enough it was my Mam who sold it to me as she raved about the interior and food.
Mixed crowd of upwardly mobile folks to tourists.
I did not eat in there but the majority of folks had food in front of them. There is an oyster bar where you get a free glass of Guinness if you order some.
We stuck to a pint of Guinness which was good. Service is very professional and efficient. Bathroom was a bit messy. Some people have an aversion to putting paper in bins, I'm sure their argument is the unexpected bathroom gusts due to the pressure bars in the North.
The interior is very impressive. Like the interior of the Titanic but on land and sans a glacier. On Sunday there was girl playing and singing tunes on the grand piano, popular hits but in a Fiona Apple style - very talented.
The stock exchange rolling past on the displays is nice little touch albeit a constant reminder of how poor our economy is, but on the positive side I would rather be reminded of that in a place where I can buy alcohol.
If, like me, it's a rare thing to be in the city for dinner with your folks.....it's always a good idea to keep The Bank in mind for after dinner drinks. This is Charlie Chawke at his finest and most extravagant and it needs to be seen and experienced to be believed. Your mum will love the table in front of the fire and your dad will be fascinated by the plush decor (and the vaults and antique safes downstairs in the loo).
I know this for a fact because I brought my folks in after Dinner in The Millstone on Dame Street just to impress them and my oh my, did it work a treat.
But not only does this fine establishment work wonders to amaze your company for after dinner drinks. It stands alone as a top class Dame Street Eatery too!. The head chef Stuart puts himself under immense pressure daily to ensure every chef in his kitchen serves his dishes as perfectly as he would to his own mother. The menu looks simple enough but as you're perusing, have a sneaky look at the plates whizzing past you to neighbouring tables and the attention to detail put into the aesthetics of each dish. 'They walk the walk.....do they talk the talk,' I hear you say....in a word.....yes!
From the prawn cocktail starter to the Dublin Bay Oysters to the half chicken (HUGE!) to the steak sandwich (made not with a minute steak and a bit of rocket but with an actual 6oz prime fresh cut of sirloin served with chips and dips) all the way up to the steak main which is served on it's own wooden chopping block and is absolutely heavenly. (I actually struggled to finish it because I had to keep saying how deadly it was while digging in)
The bank is delicious and extravagant without being over-pricey. The only thing it loses a star for is the island-bar-type setup which limits the amount of seating unfortunately but if you can get in, please please do so or even reserve a table. Usually, it wouldn't be my type of pub but when I got to know the staffs' faces and met the chef, it grew on me....lots!
Like others have said, this place has a neat interior. Tall ceilings, ornate decoration. There is a decent menu and good cocktails. You need to make a reservation to sit in the main dining area, but the bar area serves food too.
The bank is definitely a bar made with love and care. A preserved building they kept lots of the original features to give it a distinctive setting and then they added an air of opulence with leather chairs and plants.
This makes it a lovely place for a drink and a chat as well as a good place for later on in the night. The atmosphere is really chilled early on but heats up as the night wears on. Good for a group night out and you can reserve sections if you want.
They also serve really decent food. You can eat in the bar or in the restaurant area upstairs. Mostly they have lounge service until it gets too packed in the evening. They've even taken care of the details here too as the toilets are really nice - nice handwash and dyson handdryers if memory serves!
The interior on this place is amazing! You really feel the history and glamour as you sit in your booth and dine/drink. It was a wonderful welcome dinner when I got to Dublin!
The staff was friendly and attentive...and one of my friends kept getting these chocolate coins with her drink (I think it was a hot whiskey?)...nice touch (and a great free snack!).
I was hungry after the trip down from Belfast, so I went with the baby chicken on the menu. I mean really...baby chicken! It was scrumptious...tender, tasty and I could eat it all alone! The sauce it came with was spectacular...nice potatoes and they kindly substituted a bowl of tomatoes (though I think they thought I was crazy wanting them uncooked!) for the asparagus (since I hate asparagus). The black pudding resembled a hockey puck but I did try a bite since I never had! It was ok...but the pudding also WAS a hockey puck I think!
All in all...new friends were made that night over dinner...and I was happy and full for the night's passage to the pubs. Lovely all in all.
Good value for the food. Service was good, the food was excellent. Only complaint was it was very warm during the whole time we were in the restaurant.
AMBIANCE, APPETIZERS, & SERVICE
My husband and I came in here with every intention of eating a full dinner. There was no room upstairs so we sat at the bar & chatted with one of the bartenders. We ordered appetizers first (steamed mussels & seafood chowder) with the thought of ordering dinner after, but we were so full we decided to skip the main meal. Both the mussels & the chowder were DELICIOUS, and the brown treacle bread was the best I've ever had. The bartenders were very attentive & we really enjoyed our dinner at the bar. The architecture is stunning, and although some reviewers said the food is secondary, I have to disagree.
Will definitely be back if ever in the Dublin area again.
I had always wanted to go to The Bank (and have often popped my head inside for a gander at the elaborate interior and grandiose layout) and last night my wish finally came true!
Half way through the evening the ladies and I took up prime position at the bar, where we proceeded to work our way through bottle after bottle of damn fine prosecco (at 28 euro a bottle it's about as affordable as any other drink - good justification, huh?!?)
The Bank is a classy establishment and just being there makes one feel just a little bit posh and a little exclusive. It must be something to do with the grand piano in the corner, or the ornate statues that grace the bar. Maybe it's the gorgeous balcony that overhangs the bar and gives those seated in this area the feeling of lording it above everyone else? Or it could quite possibly be the Stock Exchange-like data feed that constantly streaks bright green through the back of the bar (actually, you could be pretty sure it's not that).
Last night the crowd was a little iffy... you know, a smattering of sleazy guys mixed in with men of the 'wandering eye' variety on dates with equally uninspired-looking women. However, I've heard The Bank is usually a good spot for attracting the Friday after work suit crew, so maybe we just came across it on an off night.
The bank is absolutely amazing looking. Certainly a place for the well-off business folk of Dublin with flashy watches and Leinster jerseys, this is not a spot for student nights and drinks promos.
But if you're looking for a pint and feelin a bit flashy, great spot.
I love The Bank, it's a big old grand bar - just the way it should be.
I've been here a few times for rugby games, and it's a great spot. The bar itself is beautiful - big high ceilings and lovely leather chairs to relax in. It has won numerous awards like Licensing World's National bar of the Year 2007, and I can understand why.
If you have to meet someone in the Dame St area, then I would highly recommend The Bank. You wont be disappointed.
I went to The Bank with a friend for lunch one day. I had the steak sandwich with handcut chips. I found the steak to be delicious and the chips tasted really fresh. They were thick chips which I prefer to the skinny ones.
My friend had the Irish Breakfast which was served with toast, she also found her food delicous. The prices were quite reasonable and my two coca-colas and steak sandwich came to €18. The staff were very friendly and helpful
Last time I was in here was a blind date venue chosen by her. Tick in the box for her straight away!
Arrived early and she was going to be 15 mins after so text what she wanted to drink as I ordered a pint of the black stuff. She comes back with "a glass of white wine". I text her "what type?"
2 guys behind the bar and we all started to chat as it was not that busy (10pm on a Tuesday night). I tell them I'm on a blind date and the fun begins. One of the guys wagers he knows what type of wine she'll pick. Pinot Grigio is what he reckons from a choice of three, the other two Chardonnay and Sauvigon Blanc. "What the hell" I say and we wait for her arrival.
He wins of course but what the above story tells me is a really great staff and fun to be had. Decor amazing with the toilets downstairs beside the huge old vault doors.
Warm and friendly, food great also. Dublin City prices but you pay to be so central. Guinness was as good as they come.
The guys were even joking when she went to the ladies that they would call my mobile if I needed an "emergency have to leave call" but not necessary on this occasion.
Overall another nice experience @ The Bank. Will be back.
Also there is a scrolling ISME (Irish Stock Market Exchange) scrolling ticker behind the bar so you can see how your portfolio is doing.... ;-)
It would be all too easy for this bar's building to outshine the food and drink but thankfully this stunning place is also a great place to eat and drink.
With friendly staff and good Guinness this is well worth a visit even with Dublin prices these days.
And as well as the beautiful décor of this former bank they also have the added bonus of free wifi - which is a real treat in ever-increasingly expensive Dublin.
As the name suggests this is located in a converted bank and the luxurious surrounds here certainly give this away. This bar has tonnes of character with it's high celings and grand decor. We literally stayed here for a quick drink so didn't get to try the food but I would certainly like to return. I saw that you are able to book out the upstairs section for private parties which would certainly be nice.
Prices were standard enough Dublin prices. Def worth a visit..
One of the number of bars in Dublin cleverly named for what the building used to be (Church, Market, etc...) this is probably my favorite of the bunch. Mostly for the novelty and decent service. And for some reason I love love love the rose wine that they serve by the glass! It's gorgeous.
Been here a number of times. Went on Guinness day with a bunch of friends and managed to talk our way into the Jamie Cullum concert without tickets! So that was pretty exciting. Definitely my favorite time there and the balcony was a gem that evening...there's a separate bar up there and also, free food that night. The service is usually pretty consistent...though I've been successfully up-sold a bottle of wine and huge plate of standard fried finger food. These are fine once, but when you see them at every 'high end' pub in Dublin it gets annoying. The sweet potato fries actually look amazing (coming up in their own little food elevator), though I haven't had them. The bartender once asked me if I was from Mexico, I am not. And I like the stout they have on tap.
A nice part of a good night out, though I don't tend to linger for super long here. It's pretty! Um and more than once I've thought the statue by the door was a real person. But that has nothing to do with the quality of anything. Except my intoxication.
I know this pub well as I am the Architect for the owners. The building is really a treasure in Architectural terms and the owners have spared no expense keeping it that way. Food & Drink are good and service is always friendly and prompt and I am not saying that because I have to it's true.
A relaxing place for a spot of refreshment or a night out in beautiful old surroundings.
I had the pleasure of visiting The Bank last night for dinner and drinks. I must say, I was well impressed with the service and menu. The bartenders were very knowledgeable and were able to accommodate some of my more eclectic orders. The staff were brilliant as well as friendly. The menu was very good - they had a few classic items and some I had never seen before which always makes for a very good meal. The wild boar tourine was amazing and the filet was cooked perfectly to order. It was so tender you could cut it with a butter knife. I will definitely be back here again.
New fave place for lunch on a shopping Saturday . Burger was divine, real good beef , home fries , pints and service were fab too oh and hubby had the Christmas dinner very good dish . HAve been back again and was jsut as amazing !
Generally, we always go to the same place for dinner on our last night in Dublin - it's just tradition at this point. BUT, after being flat out ignored for far too long in that particular restaurant (which shall remain nameless), my husband suggested that we go to The Bank, have a drink, and regroup. Best. suggestion. EVER.
As we were walking in, some random smoker outside told us we had made a good choice, and that "the food is really good here!" We weren't planning on eating, so we snagged the last two places at the bar and had a look at the drinks list. The bartenders were quick and friendly, and we had our drinks in front of us in no time. So, I started looking around. The Bank is gorgeous! No, it's not a traditional Irish pub, it's literally an old bank, from the time when banks were beautiful, classy institutions. This is old school Victorian Dublin at its finest. Like Annie L. said, it was like being at a bar in the Titanic or something. Tons of marble, wood, and a lovely stained glass ceiling, large pillars, statues...it was amazing. Never mind the fact that the whole place was still decorated for the holidays, adding that little extra bit of sparkle and holiday cheer, and there was a live pianist playing. It was awesome. I was sold.
We asked to see a menu, and saw plenty of options that appealed to us, so we decided that we'd try to snag a table and eat there after all. As it was fairly busy, I was on table duty, and grabbed the first one that came empty on the other side of the bar. Our server appeared quickly, and was happy to refill our drinks while we decided on our dinner options.
My husband started with the seafood chowder, and I had the pear and blue cheese salad. I didn't realize Cashel Blue Cheese was so mild, but it was great in the salad - all of the flavors really complimented each other without being overpowering. My husband enjoyed his chowder, and I LOVED the Guinness and treacle soda bread that came with it - that stuff was amazing. Plus, he got about 3 slices, so he was happy to share.
For mains, my husband had the steak sandwich, and he was happy to report that the steak was cooked correctly (rare). I had the seafood linguine, which was full of seafood, and overall very good, but just a bit bland. But with that much seafood, I didn't really care about the noodles, and didn't actually finish them.
We were too full for dessert, though I did have an espresso, which was a nice way to end a good meal. I also did visit the downstairs ladies room before we left, as my husband said the downstairs restrooms were pretty cool. He was right - there are vaults and antique safes down there, and it was definitely one of the more interesting bathrooms that I have visited!
I can see The Bank being our new traditional "last night" spot when we're in Dublin.
Big and luxurious inside, this pub (and its servers) give you a fine-dining feel for the same price as a pint up or down the street. Bear in mind, this isn't a "local" or a very "Irish" pub
Epic but not overdone. Worth a visit.
What a classy, sophisticated, gorgeous restaurant. The service was timely, and the food was delectable. The architecture is beautiful. The drink menu is extensive as is the food menu. The attire tends to be on the more formal side, as it should be when eating gourmet foods and sitting by statues, pillars and ceiling paintings that rival those of museums.
Ok, the beer selection here sucks. The prices are high. But...patronize this place because it is beautiful. I would give it five stars with the exception that it reminds me of the lobby bar at the Westin in Minneapolis.
I had lunch at The Bank while on vacation and was not disappointed! The interior is just lovely and works as a restaurant while still maintaining its "bank" feeling. We sat at the bar and I ordered Guinness beef stew (seemed appropriate since I'm a tourist!) and a cider.
Our American accents peaked the interest of the bartender who was thrilled to hear we are from SF. I have yet to meet a single bartender in Ireland who hasn't worked in our fair city! He proposed to me, suggesting we swap our citizenships, but I declined. Made for a lively lunch though!
Really neat old bank building with two story barrel vaulted ceiling. One of the best burgers and fries I have ever had. EVER!!!!. The seating is very comfortable with leather couches and chairs. Almost went back for dinner.
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