“I’ll go Lambes there beside Findlaters and get them to send some flowers to put about the place in case he brings him home tomorrow; today I mean.”
- Molly Bloom, Penelope Chapter, Ulysses
Established in 1797 on what was then known as Sackville Street, the original tavern was opened by Charles Smyth at no. 35. Upper Sackville Street, serving ales, spirits, wines, coffees and shellfish before further expanding into a Wine merchants and grocers in the early 1800’s. Throughout the 18th century the premises passed though many different proprietors and changed business numerous times until the late 1890s when it was taken ownership by Fruiterer and Florist, Miss Alicia Lambe and was famously referenced in James Joyce’s Ulysses:
The iconic address saw rise to many historic movements including the arrival of the first electric tram, the great 1913 Dublin lockout gathering, the famous siege at GPO during the 1916 Rising and the renaming of the street to O'Connell Street in 1924, in honour of the great Liberator Daniel O’Connell.