Assignment: Photograph One of the Best Dive Bars in New York City, The Dublin House
As a freelance photographer in New York, I get assignments from a diverse clientele. But I was surprised by this one.
DiveBarShirtClub.com finds unique dive bars all over the country, and—once a month—sends its members a t-shirt from among the best dive bars, along with interesting factoids about the place.
April’s Dive Bar of the Month was chosen from among the many dive bars in New York City. The Dublin House Tap Room is Irish to the core. This Upper West Side tavern is a well-known neighborhood watering hole, located 1/2 block from the 79th St. subway stop on the 7th Ave (#1 & 2) line. The Bar opens at 9am.
I realized that one of this pub’s best features was the big harp-shaped neon sign outside, so I decided to return to the old tavern at dusk, when the sign would shine.
The most interesting thing about dive bars is probably (I’m sure I don’t know) their patrons and bartenders, but the assignment called for interiors, details and the facade, without any people that would be recognizable in the photos. So this was more of an architectural and interior photography job.
After finishing the neon sign in the rain later that day, I couldn’t resist a wee pint. I was scolded for pronouncing the “w” in “Smithwick’s”, then told that it happens all the time and that I should appreciate being corrected.