The battle for ownership of some of Dublin's trendiest night spots is hotting up after the Break for the Border group, which also owns Cafe en Seine and Synotts, rejected a £19 million take over bid from rival pub group Thomas Read Holdings. Thomas Read told the London Stock Exchange it was considering offering 45 pence sterling per share for Break for the Border, or some 25 per cent more than the closing price on Wednesday.

The move comes just days before Break for the Border seeks shareholder approval to buy the pub interests of the O'Dwyer brothers. If that deal does ahead the enlarged group would have 12 of the most profitable pubs in Dublin.