Solas is one of the best places in town to kick start your night. It's an attractive space, with a vaguely Celtic look about it (the owners are Irish) though it's far from your average Irish bar. No shamrock overload here. What you get instead is a hip bar that's lively without being too full on and has an agreeable atmosphere. House music plays in the background but doesn't dominate and nightly, from 10pm onwards, a DJ spins everything from disco to funk to Latin tunes. Slightly less scene-driven than nearby Dragon-i, the bar is a good place to hit before moving on to a club and accordingly attracts a young-ish, stylish crowd.
Main photo credit: Solas official facebook page