Crown Liquor Saloon
It's like a museum - where you can drink stout. This 1826 fantasy beguiles the eye with every glance. Look up - there's a pressed ceiling. There to your left? Brocaded walls and patterned tiles. To the right? Smoked glass screens and stained glass windows. Not to mention gunmetal plates (once used to strike matches) and antique bells (once used to summon your next drink).
Mosaics, carved wooden swans, mirrors, a red granite bar with a heated foot rest - it will spoil you for sodden beer mats and pokies for ever more. This temple to the art of conviviality was actually made by Italian crafstmen who were in Ireland to make Catholic churches. The owner of the Crown convinced them to do some work on the side for him. The result? Somewhere St Peter would be happy to take a tipple.
The Crown Saloon is in the center of the city, within easy walking distance of most locations.