If you had to look up the phrase “seriously cool” in the dictionary, there might well be a picture of The Stack, a thoroughly modern social club that pokes fun at hideously stuffy gentlemen’s fraternities of yore.
Housed in the historic Leinster Hall in Gardens, this three-in-one venue is a bistro, bar and offbeat members’ club, where creative types congregate to exchange ideas and shoot the breeze. No cigar-smoking, social-climbing or air-kissing here. Quite the contrary. As Malta-born owner Nigel Pace says: “Leave your egos at the door.”
The original Stack was opened in July 2015 by hotelier Nigel and interior designer Sarah Ord, whose excellent taste and inimitable eye for putting seemingly incongruent colours and patterns together has resulted in a glam yet cosy space that’s fresh and traditional all at once.
Downstairs is a ritzy bar, a luxuriously pared-down brasserie and a deep verandah with Paris café chairs and tables, perfect for sunset G&Ts. And upstairs is the new-gen members’ club that’s quirky and deliciously offbeat. We love Flipflop Fred – a technicoloured trophy head made out of recycled slip-slops that presides over the entire section.
The Stack’s downstairs bar is cosy, luxe, glam and hip in the same breath – there’s no room for fronters here; just regular people after a top-drawer tipple and a jolly good time. The bar staff muddle the cunningist cocktails – hit them with your taste preference and they’ll pull something out of the bag. Or, keep it simple with a scotch and soda, while toe-tapping to the latest lounge-house beats.
The cosy downstairs brasserie, headed by Peter Pankhurst (ex-Savoy Cabbage) is a comfortable spot free of frills and frippery. Serving an array of French-inspired cuisine, the menu features everything from rich onion soup and steak frites, to hearty Sunday roasts and utterly seductive crème brûlée.
The quirky-chic upstairs members’ bar boasts an eclectic interior, with a crackling fireplace to keep things toasty. Down the corridor is a series of meeting rooms, perfect for small conferences. And the central common room is always abuzz with chatter, laidback house beats, and free-flowing drinks.
Whether you’re looking for a cosy fireplace, beside which to nurse a couple of whiskies, a Sunday roast with family and friends, or a razzly-dazzly night on the town, this Gardens locale has what you’re after.