If the themed bars, destination cafés and actual designated festival hadn't convinced you that Stoneybatter is one of the buzziest places in Dublin, consider the debate settled.
The Northside district has been named as Ireland's "coolest neighbourhood" in a global top 50 list compiled by Time Out magazine. Sitting at #40, it scored higher than neighbouring Phibsboro - which featured on the list last year at #27 - and was celebrated for its foodie culture and hidden gems.
The list was based on a survey of 27,000 city-dwellers around the world, with the magazine asking each one what was the most underrated or undervalued area in their hometown. Verifying each insight with Time Out editors and experts, they compiled their list of the coolest spots.
Intended to give the worldly traveler a guide to the lesser known, off-the-beaten-tourist-trail spots, where they can live "like a local".
Noting the "red-brick terraced houses and the regular clop of a horse and cart still heard on the road", the magazine celebrates Stoneybatter's "village-in-the-city" vibe.
They write: "But the past year has seen a string of great new openings, from vegan cafés to hot new bars, challenging other neighbourhoods vying for the crown (we're looking at you, Phibsborough)."
As the list sets out to find the places where locals can actually live, they note that one of the benefits of Stoneybatter is that "it's one of the most central places where young people can still afford to live (just)", with a strong sense of community spirit.
A number of local institutions get a shout-out, like Grano, the sublime Italian restaurant specialising in "top-notch Calabrian cuisine", while the recently renovated Belfry is commended for its "own barrel-aged cocktails".
As for culture, they suggest visiting the National Museum of Decorative Arts & History in the Collins Barracks and staying in The Hendrick hotel in Smithfield.
Labour cllr Joe Costello shared his delight at the news on Twitter, writing: "World recognition at last for Stoneybatter. Great news" and credied "the work of dozens of committed volunteers from Stoneybatter Pride of Place and thriving business community bearing fruit."
World recognition at last for Stoneybatter! Great news.— Joe Costello (@JoeCostelloIE) September 17, 2019
The work of dozens of committed volunteers from @StoneybatterPoP and a thriving business community bearing fruit.
Nice article by @conor_pope
#liveablecity #sustainablecommunity#communityspirit https://t.co/KouYijFVIh
As for the top spot, it was booming Lisbon that nabbed it, with the magazine highlighting Arroios - what they call the city's "multicultural parish" - as the coolest neighbourhood in the world right now.
Highlighting the diverse food scene, lesser known "historical treasures" like São Lázaro Municipal Library, the Portuguese capital's oldest library, and a dynamic younger population, Arroios is a place that mixes "classic and diversity".
Shimokitazawa in Tokyo clocks in at #2, with the magazine writing that the spot is to Tokyo "what Brooklyn is to New York, only cooler". In third place is Onikan in Lagos, a historic neighbourhood where "past, present and future collide effortlessly".
The top 10 neighbourhoods on the list are:
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