NOTHING PROVOKES THE memory like your sense of smell.
Smells can bring you back to a time and place in your life in an instant. Just close your eyes and you’re there.
Except sometimes… Well, sometimes, you don’t wanna go back there.
1. Aftershave/perfume mingling with BO
You can’t hide a crispy pit, ladies and gentlemen. Don’t try to Lynx or Charlie it all away. It just makes it WORSE. This shouldn’t be the dominant smell of an Irish nightclub, but let’s face it. It is.
2. The auld carpet underfoot
That carpet holds a multitude of sins within its fibres. And it likes to release those sins back to haunt revellers. In smell form.
Remember when the smoking ban came in? Pungent.
3. Sticky spillage
If things get rowdy, stuff gets spilled. In some bars, that translates to a pretty overwhelming smell of beer from someone who was on the unfortunate end of a spillage tsunami.
4. That sweet stench of desperation
You know that old song “Love Is In The Air”? Well. Not quite. But there’s certainly a heavy scent of longing from some quarters of the dancefloor.
5. Chats in the smoking area
Going to just pop outside with your smoker friend to keep them company for a minute? Bang. Stink.
6. The siren scent of the chipper
It’s kicking out time. You exit the nightclub… And it calls to you. The delicious, heady smell.
CURRY CHIPS BURGERS KEBABS ROLLS PIZZA SLICE ONION RINGS.
7. A dusty sandal mixed with kebab remnants
The morning after. Ah. Lovely.
I see you’ve chosen the high-class perfume Eau De What The Hell Happened Last Night And Why Do I Smell Like Kebab Sauce Oh My God? Such delicate high notes of dehydration and regret.
What smells do you associate with a night out on the tiles in Ireland? Manners, now!