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Lunch with Beatniks! The Fumbally in Dublin.

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February 16, 2016 / International / By
Anna

For those of us old enough to remember (and we could be getting a bit thin on the ground now), beatniks were the urban cool dudes of the late 50s and early 60s. They were defined by their look (little goatee beards, berets, nerdy glasses, roll-neck sweaters), their music (ranged from cool jazz to neo-folk), poetry (mostly introspective, obscure, experimental stuff), art (ditto for what I said about poetry) and a liking for anarchism and other slightly left-wing movements, especially the fledgling peace groups nervous about the way the world seemed destined to head in the early Cold War days of the mid 50s. The Coen Brothers movie “Inside Llewyn Davis” pretty much channels the zeitgeist of beatnikism, for those who’d like to know a bit more.

Well, they’re back. Only they aren’t called beatniks now; it’s hipsters. Now I’m probably as confused about who is and who isn’t a hipster as my poor parents were in the 60s about hippies, yippies, heavy-metallers, goths and bogans. So I don’t try; I let my much more in-touch younger son (Junior Tall Guy #2 – he’s the very tall one) guide me as to who is and who isn’t a hipster. Actually he’s a bit of a hipster himself, but I wouldn’t dare say that in his presence.

So what’s all this got to do with food and eating the globe? Recently back in Dublin, Ireland, I used my favorite food-locator app, Foursquare to suggest the most interesting eating locations in the vicinity. Most highly rated by far was a place called The Fumbally. And it really was close – barely five minutes walk, which is just as well, because Dublin in early February can chill you to the bone, big coat, scarf, gloves and all.

And the place, right on lunchtime, was packed with – hipsters! Industrial chic decor, long queues, tables full of earnest young MacBook tappers and very few empty chairs – I muttered a stifled, sotto voce “Beatniks!” and excused myself through the crowd to the end of the queue. It was popular, that’s for sure. A certain sign of hip!

Rather than have me describe what food I had (the photos do that) and what it was like, (it was great – I’d go back like a shot), do check out the website (link above). The photos there and the text really capture what The Fumbally is all about and why it’s soooo popular. Highly recommended if you’re in Dublin’s fair city, even if just for a day or so. The area south of the Liffy River really does have some great eateries that are well beyond the Cottage Pie and Pint of Guinness lunches that so many of the city’s “traditional Irish pubs” churn out daily.

And as a swansong to the Fumbally and hipsters/beatniks, you might enjoy this little musical “take” on elderly confusion over youth tribes, from the south of New Zealand in the 1980s.

The Fumbally

Country: Ireland

Province/State: Dublin

City: Dublin (city south)

Address: Fumbally Lane

Zip/Post Code: Dublin 8

Location Tips: N/A

Phone: +353 1 529 8732

Website:http://thefumbally.ie...

Price Guide:$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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