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The music is as fabulous as the food in Bagots Hutton, which has become a Mecca for Dublin’s creative community - and those who just like to kick back in style!

- Bagots Hutton, 6 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 1. Tel. (01) 878 8118. Bagotshutt­om.com

Located on Ormond Quay and offering stunning views of the river through its waterside windows, Bagots Hutton is a New York-style café restaurant, funky wine bar, live music venue and arts space all rolled into one.

Presided over by Brian and Giovanni who are evangelica­l about providing the capital’s creative community with a new home, Bagots Hutton gets up early during the week with breakfast served from 7am. Saturday and Sunday brunch, served respective­ly from 10am and noon, is a big thing with lots of bubbles and some choice cocktails – ours is an Expresso Martini, thanks! – to help continue the weekend groove. A classic Plum Tomato & Buffalo Mozzarella Caprese Salad and Toasted Feather Blade Steak with Rocket, Tomatoes, Fried Onions & Horse Radish Sandwich are the pick of a very fine lunch menu, with the Italian pizza oven getting fired up at night, and such á la carte delights as Baked Seabream with Saffron Potatoes and Braised Fennel or Chargrille­d Pork Chop with Mediterran­ean Vegetables & Tenderstem Broccoli to choose from.

Food of that calibre deserves a serious wine-list and Bagots Hutton duly delivers a wide array with a Nero d’Avola, a Tempranill­o or a delicious Marlboroug­h Sauvignon Blanc among the standouts.

Additional sustenance is provided by the striking works of art adorning the redbrick interior by many of Ireland’s coolest visual artists.

Had you been in Bagots Hutton on November 18, you’d have been blown away by Seattle R’n’B diva, Grace Love who was headlining one of their Soul Fusion nights. Bagot Hutton’s jazzy run-up to Christmas includes Lage Lund with the The Peter Moc Quartet (December 2); The Charlie Moon Organisati­on (10), and ZuperOctav­e (13) all doing their celebrated things on Ormond Quay. Responsibl­e for the state-of-the-art sound system are L-Acoustics, the same company that Bruce Springstee­n and Foo Fighters have taken on tour with them. It’s put to exemplary use when the leader of their house band, Ger Kiely, is joined on Friday nights by State Lights lead singer Shosby, and on Saturday nights by Mik Pyro of Republic Of Loose fame and legendary Skid Row drummer, Noel Bridgeman. Kickoff both nights is at 10.30pm.

When the weather warms up in springtime, Bagots Hutton’s action spills out on to the pavement for those lucky enough to secure a waterside table. Social media networking sessions, live DJs, open mic’s, Meaty Monday and Cheesy Tuesday nights and special pint ‘n’ pizza deals add to the fun in one of Dublin’s most gloriously meeting places.es.

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