Aside from its own in-house perks, membership at this Dublin club means you’ll also have a private oasis waiting for you in London, Paris, Bangkok and more.
Across the pond — scratch that — across two ponds, in Dublin, Ireland’s historical city center is a marvelous townhouse that neighbors, and co-mingles with the city’s well-known five-star hotels and resorts, like The Shelbourne, The Fitzwilliam and The Merrion. Residence—a members-only, private club—has been a palatial locale for corporate and independent members since 2008. The building itself—of Gregorian architecture— dates back to 1745, when it was constructed as a private home for a Mrs. Ruth Croker. Since then, the building—skirting the nationally famed St. Stephen’s Green public park— has been left with distinctively elaborate touches by each of its subsequent owners.
The brick-and-mortar exterior, veiled in creeper-clad foliage gives the club a sophisticated look, spotlighting its 18th-century architectural design. Up the stoop and through the four-story townhouse’s entranceway, members and guests are welcomed to an inhabitance of grandeur, refinement and relaxing elegance.
Utilized for work and play, Residence has a bevy of individually themed conference rooms, bars, restaurants and gardens, affording members a vast amount of social scene and networking opportunities.
“We have a good mix of both business and social members. Although, in the past two years, Residence has seen strong growth in the corporate sector … who are taking advantage of our bespoke and unique meeting and event spaces,” says Eli Dalva, Residence events coordinator.
Let’s take a tour of a few of the highlighted rooms and establishments within Residence’s upscale halls.
Coined after Dublin’s own Brendan Behan, an Irish poet, playwright and author—known for his drunken performances and sensitive writings—The Behan Lodge is an outdoor/indoor haven for private events, interviews, breakfast presentations and formal family suppers. One of the more attractive spaces during spring and summer, The Behan Lodge is still well used during the colder, rainy months, as a retractable roof glides over top within seconds of poor weather.
On The Behan Lodge, Dalva says, “As you can imagine, the sun doesn’t come out too often in Ireland, and when it does, it’s a treasure for us.”
Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett may not have been recluse, but he was known to enjoy his privacy, whether by himself or with his close friends and family. A warm, playful room, the Beckett Lounge, is a venue suited for nighttime soirées for those who like to enjoy good drink and music (while not letting the world know about it). A multitude of pianists strike the mood of the evening, whether that is through soul, R&B or classic rock.
Also within Residence is their award-winning Restaurant FortyOne that overlooks St. Stephen’s Green. Head chef Graham Neville has remained committed to serving fine, modern Irish dishes using organic, locally grown and sourced produce. In fact, Kenah Hill— Residence’s on-site garden—is where most of Restaurant FortyOne sources its herbs, fruits and vegetables. Oh, and you needn’t be a member of the club to enjoy the ambiance and cuisine at Restaurant FortyOne, as it is open to the public.
“Restaurant FortyOne is one of the most popular restaurants in the city … We have hosted political figures in the past such as Hilary Clinton,” Dalva adds.
A membership referral is not needed at Residence, as anyone is welcome to apply, and to discuss membership options with the Residence membership team. A few of the perks as a member of Residence are unlimited access to the meeting and event rooms throughout the year. Members are also entitled to bring up to four non-member guests with them into the club, during events or for dining.
Each member also receives access to Residence’s reciprocal clubs located in London, Paris, New York, Florida, Toronto and Bangkok.
And what would a private club be without events and parties? The Residence’s event coordination team works year-round to ensure there is always a celebration to be had. From live music sessions on the weekends and fresh member events, to tailored fitness programs, networking and themed festivities, the dust never settles at Residence.
On the professional side, Residence’s Hub41 @Residence does a spectacular job at bringing influential guest speakers and leaders from a variety of industry and fields to speak to club members about a host of topics. Engaging members’ opinions and stances, Hub41@ Residence hosts a series of debates, forums and Q&A sessions for members on varying themes, with each debate hosted by a special community guest.
From its sharp-looking exterior to its chic interior design, Dublin’s Residence brings a modern energy and buzz to one of the city’s most historic and culturally enriched neighborhoods.
All photos courtesy Residence