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31st Jul 2019

10 Of The Classiest Wine Bars In Dublin 2019

Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

There’s nothing better than a good glass of vino and nothing worse than a disappointing one.

I can sometimes be wary of ordering wine in bars for this reason. When my heart is longing for a crisp, tangy glass I have to go to one of my few handpicked venues that I know won’t fail me.

Here are my top picks for fine wine in Dub:

1. Piglet

Piglet specialises in Italian wines and tapas, and their meats and cheeses are some of the best to be had in town, plus it’s super affordable.

This charming place is usually booming in the evenings and brings a little something different to our fair city. On a sunny day it’s the ideal spot to relax, sip al fresco and people watch – Just like you would on your hols.

Piglet, easily one of the city’s cutest wine bars.

2. La Ruelle

This hidden gem down a lane is easily on of Dublin’s cosiest wine bars.

Their wine list ranges from quirky tiny producers to more well known names, and the cheese boards are to die for.

3. Ely

This award-winning wine bar has two locations but the Ely Place is our fave simply because of its intimate interior.

No better way to chill out than with one of their 100 wines by the glass.

4. First Draft

First Draft Coffee Shop is also a hot spot for wine lovers from Thursday- Sunday evenings.

Wine is served from 4pm and offers an array of smaller labels and natural flavours. It’s such a buzzy spot, especially now during the sunnier evenings.

Well worth a visit.

5. Loose Canon

Chances are if you’ve walked down Drury Street in the evenings you’ve seen crowds gathering in this cute little wine bar attached to George’s Street Arcade.

The shop has a particular focus on natural wines and exceptional cheese. It boasts a cosy chic space with handmade mahogany and marble counters.

6. The Blue Anchor

After visiting The Blue Anchor, I contemplated keeping this one my secret so that it would stay quiet and mysterious. Thing is, I admire the owner so much that I want ALL of the business for him.

The place is very funky as it’s hidden, small, and boasts an unusual wine list.

Owner Marcin is Polish so he has a few labels from Poland, Germany, Austria, Georgia, Hungary and Greece. Nothing from France, Spain or Italy or New World. Most are organic and natural.

One absolute favourite places in Dublin right now.

7. Frank’s

Frank’s is one of the coolest new openings in Dublin.

The diner specialises in a casual menu of four main courses, dessert and cheese.

Everyone sits at the one table where chef Chris Maguire prepares exciting dishes to indulge in. Come for the food and stay a little longer for the wine – it’s seriously good.

8. La Cave, South Anne Street

This French bar is like stepping back in time to the era of Édith Piaf and opulent Moulin Rouge lifestyle.

They do a fantastic selection of wines both from France and global, and have an impressive 350 bottles with over 40 available by the glass.

9.  Beo Wine Bar

Beo is a contemporary wine bar serving natural, biodynamic and organic wines paired with a plant-based organic tasting menu in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7.

Such a cool idea!

10. The Exchequer

A favourite amongst Dublin connoisseurs.
I adore a board of meat and cheese with a glass of vino – sure there’s really nothing better. Along with these delicious bits, the charcuterie board in The Exchequer also has an array of dips, crackers, vegetables and nibbles. It even has little potato slices, which brings the flavours together nicely.
Wine and nibbles? The dream combo
Wine not?