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2014-03-07 19.28.58

When we first got to Malta we didn’t really know the area, it was dark and after midnight and we were starving. The hotel bar/restaurant had long since closed and we were wondering what to eat. Since we didn’t know the area we didn’t explore really much further than the first place we saw when coming out of the hotel. It was called Facefood and we thought that the name was cute. When we went to get food, the guy, despite being the most English speaking area of the country proceeded to refuse to speak to us in English. He had English signs, spoke English, but refused to complete our order unless we pointed at what we wanted. We were irritated about the behaviour but then it got worse. Another couple, locals walked up and were waiting to order while we’re trying to mime out what we want to the guy. We’ve just been on a 3.5 hour flight, it’s late and we wanted something to eat it shouldn’t have been this hard.

The couple proceeded to help us and said to the guy in Maltese what we were after. Then proceeded one of the weirder experiences of our time here so far. The man we had politely tried to order some fast food from and worked with despite his stubbornness began ranting about foreigners to the other couple. We were a bit stunned since we hadn’t done anything offensive and if you aren’t looking to deal with foreigners then it may not be the best place to open a take away restaurant… in the biggest tourist area of the island.

In most circumstances I understand complaining about obnoxious drunk tourists. But we were polite, tipped, and didn’t have a drink in us. So the 10 minute long rant he had at the other Maltese people was a bit stunning. The man who had been helpful to us apologized when the shop owner stepped away, said he wasn’t part of it. But we were stunned. The food was poor quality as well, so definitely not worth the poor treatment. I’d rather walk the extra 30 steps to the Burger King down the road, at least they’re pleasant.

The shop provides burgers and falafels with minimal toppings out of the shop front featured below. I wouldn’t say the food is horrible, but the service is horrendous.

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When Jenni and I first got to Malta, we were really enjoying just absorbing the new culture, but then we started to miss home. Although Jenni isn’t from the UK, her family is all British and she went to university in the UK. Obviously I’m from there. So we both started to miss home quite a bit, and the stress of finding work and accomodation was getting to us. Adding to that, we felt like we would have a hard time meeting people, as being foreign set us apart. But then we found the Dubliner, which was like a breath of fresh air.

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The downstairs bar in the Dubliner

The Dubliner is a true Irish bar, located in Spinola Bay with a wonderful view of the bay from the second floor which is open in the evenings during the summer months. When we first went in there, I was looking for part time bar work as I’ve worked in several bars in the past. I found the staff to be really nice, and heard back from the owner that very night. His name is Carl and he was really helpful to myself and Jenni. He told me that he gets resumes every single day from people looking for part time work, especially in the summer months. But he also told me that meeting people who were originally from the UK/Ireland meant he’d always give them a call, as he knew what it was like to be away from home and how hard it was to get someone to give you that first chance. 

The staff are almost entirely from Ireland or England, although there was at least one Canadian and American there when I spent my brief time there. If you are looking for a home away from home, you’ll find it here in the Dubliner. There are always Brits in the bar, so it can be a wonderful feeling to hear a familiar accent there, especially when you’re home sick.

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Dubliner Menu, pulled off their website

Here you will find all the usual refreshments one would expect from a tourist trap watering hole, as well as some surprising additions and drinks for the more refined palette. Add to it, the ever loved staple of Malta, Cisk is on tap as well to cater to everyone. 

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View from the upstairs bar

If you’re looking for a good meal, you can’t get much better than here. The portions are great, sometimes a little too much and a reasonable price for the size. Bangers and Mash anyone? The Guinness is well kept and lines are cleaned regularly. For those who enjoy watching sports, this is a very nice place to sit back, drink your beverage of choice and watch the game, from football, to boxing, to golf, but the primary sport shown is always football. I mean, the Maltese are more crazy about footie than the Brits! The staff are super friendly, knowledgeable and above all helpful. Price wise is a bit more expensive than some of the other pubs but the atmosphere is well worth the extra 25 cents, and the portion sizes make it worthwhile as well. The other patrons are friendly and willing to meet new people and the decor is very well done. So if you’re in Spinola Bay in St Julian’s Malta, go have a look. You won’t be disappointed.

If you want to find other information have a look at their website, tripadvisor, and facebook