Oh Velvet has an up-for-it vibe making it the place to come on a Saturday night for a shimmy, a giggle and a harmless flirt.
It's described as a genuine Irish independent bar and, to prove this fact, Oh Velvet is not green. Instead it's kitted out in contemporary colours - creams, blacks and dark woods - and its a modern spacious venue. There’s a mosaic-tiled railed patio area outside with metal tables and chairs which is the best place on Broad Street to sit and watch the world go by.
Inside it’s all tastefully arranged with a pool table at the front and another one in a railed-off area on the left. There’s a high ceiling and candelabras on the bar which is straight ahead. There’s a small dancefloor to the right of the bar and sofas that you sink so low into you might not be able to get back up after a couple of shandies. Upstairs there's the Sugar Suite Club which is open till 4am and gets extremely busy on Friday and Saturday nights with drinkers getting into the mood for some club action here or elsewhere.
Oh Velvet is filled with fresh-faced, fit locals (city visitors don’t usually make it this far) and they’re a lively bunch who are into their music. It's a place for flirting, nay pulling, and has a good male-to-female ratio. It's so popular that Oh Velvet has become something of a celebration hotspot so expect lots of cheery birthday parties and daft stag and hen nights.
The Food and Drink
Carling, Carlsberg, Strongbow, Heineken, Kronenbourg and Tetley’s are on draught and it’s £1.50 for a pint of Carlsberg till 6pm. In bottles there’s Corona, Bulmers, Magners, Beck’s, Budweiser and Stella. There are four whites and four reds and the cheapest bottle of plonk is £9.95.
It’s £14.50 for a bottle of New Zealand Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc or you can impress your mates, but not your bank manager, by blowing £220 on a bottle of Cristal. The food is reasonabled priced and they do wraps, sandwiches and salads from around £2.50 to £4. And for something more substantial, a plate of sausage and mash is £4.25 and spaghetti Bolognese is £4.95.
The Last Word
Oh Velvet is a party palace which has become a regular haunt for the Friday and Saturday crowd who like to pretend they're celebrating something bigger than just the end of the week.