The Garage Bar
Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
This bar has managed to gauge some charm that the majority of the Temple Bar area has missed out on. With pitchers going for €12 and decent tunes from the 50s, 60s and 70s, you could drink in worse places.
What has it got?
Seating: All of the chairs are moveable and they’re not too close together so it’s a perfect fit for a wheelchair.
Doors: The doors are usually left open but they’re not too heavy to push.
Ground: The lino floor is covered in sawdust which is a topic of conversation for another time. Another huge downfall is, because of its location in Temple Bar, you have to battle your way through cobblestones which are the bane of mine and every wheelchair user’s existence.
Stairs: Not a step in sight.
Bathrooms: They have three unisex cubicles here and, unfortunately, they don’t fit a wheelchair. I did hop from chair to… chair but, obviously, not everyone can do that.
Spaciousness: When it’s not packed, there is loads of room.
Helpfulness of Staff: I didn’t need much help here at all but the staff are sound.
Parking: You’re drinking. You shouldn’t be driving. But if you insist, there’s wheelchair parking on Fishamble Street and Essex Quay (map here
Why did it lose points? It lost points because they do not have a wheelchair bathroom and if you want to use a wheelchair bathroom in a location nearby, you have to travel over cobblestones. It’s a pity because this is a really nice bar.