For those of you not liking bare bones IRC clients but not liking Slack or Discord either: is a web client like https://github.com/thelounge/thelounge a good replacement? It wouldn't even have to say IRC anywhere, I guess.
@kensanata I use Glowing Bear as an Electron application. it automatically (re)connects to the backend, picking up right where you left off. Deals with intermittent/changing connections as well as something like Discord.