Bar Rua, Dublin 2

Client Brief

At the start of this project we were given a very specific brief from our client: To convert The Clarendon Inn to Bar Rua – a modern, Irish traditional pub. Interiors will have an art deco theme but with a modern Irish feel with modern graphics, imagery and branding. Atmosphere should feel chic but very welcoming. The design inspiration – Bewleys Café, Grafton Street; Grogans Pub and The Long Hall.

Project details

The Clarendon Inn had been a long established pub set up in the early noughties. It was renowned for being a small awkward shaped bar even though it had been built from scratch at that time. Odd angles and little cubby holes are dotted about the space which made it a quirky space to redesign. Due to planning restrictions we had to keep the existing layout but had license to change the interior finishes down to the upholstery. Taking inspiration from old school irish bars around the city Bar Rua is a symphony of Irish kitsch in its reds and greens and mahogany shades but is a very comfortable and relaxing pub to spend time in. It has little modern nuances – the tongue in cheek artwork, the As Gaielge Neon Signage.  The Bathrooms are an ode to Art Deco and are reminiscent of an old train station toilets with the mahogany doors and green and white metro tiles.

Tall Boy was involved in this project from its inception and it really was a labour of love. The result is a gorgeous, relaxing, quirky pub in the heart of Dublin and one very happy client.