A Quickie With Duncan Maguire, Owner Of Ukiyo

Since flinging its doors open in 2004, Ukiyo has been the perfect place for a mix of fabulous food, cracking cocktails, deadly DJ's and delirious disco dancing into the we small hours. And that's before we talk about the karaoke. Owner Duncan Maguire took time away from co-running the well loved gem with his wife Lou Leahy to answer ten quick questions.

Lou Leahy and Duncan Maguire posing in the doorway of their restaurant Ukiyo

Hey Duncan! What’s the gayest thing about Ukiyo?

Without a doubt it’s the private karaoke rooms, where any song and everything goes! We are partial to a bit of cat-walking on the dancefloor too.


Your ideal party of five, living or dead?

Oscar Wilde, Eileen Gray, Ryan Reynolds, Gil Scott Heron, and Joan Rivers.


What would be on the menu?



If you could have one movie star through the doors of Ukiyo, who would it be?

We’ve had quite a few through the doors over the last 14 years but I’m not much of a celebrity slut. I once tried to get Bono to sing a U2 song in our karaoke rooms but he refused, probably because he wasn’t getting any royalties.


Who’s your queer icon?

Grace Jones.


Your favourite place to eat in Dublin, other than your own?

Coppinger Row for quiet (or not so quiet) boozy lunches. At night, it’s always Las Tapas de Lola for the amazing hospitality and food.


Who or what is rocking your world in restaurants right now, and why?

Umami, which is why I go to San Sebastian with two chef friends at least once a year on my own food pilgrimage. I just love the simplicity and the all-consuming passion of the natives for food. Even the bin trucks smell amazing.

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What’s the funniest thing you overheard in your restaurant?

My Asian staff don’t always get spellings correct on the specials board, among my favourites are ‘Sweat Chilli Prawns’ and ‘Ring Tempura”.


What’s the best piece of life advice you ever received?

“Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I’ve lots of little maxims that I live by, I could be here all day.


If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you do today?

Since my greatest fear is starvation, I would definitely be shopping for the final feast.


Uykio, 7-9 Exchequer St, Dublin 2, Dublin 2, open from 12pm to 2.30am, Monday to Sunday, www.uykiobar.com

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