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The 10 Best Spots In Dublin For Cocktails And Grub

By Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

August 3, 2019 at 2:35pm


Cocktails and grub - a pairing you think would be easy to find in Dublin.

Truth be told, usually, it's one or the other and sometimes when it's both it's clear to see that one is weaker than the other. Don't compromise on flavour and quality.

I've compiled a list of my favourite spots in town that serve the tastiest grub and cocktails together - the perfect ensemble for a night out with friends.

The bank hol weekend plans have never looked so good:

1. Peruke And Periwig

If you're a cocktail lover, I'm sure you've visited Peruke and Periwig, or at least heard of it.

Located on Dawson Street, you'd easily walk past this cocktail haven. Its mystique coupled with award-winning cocktails makes it one of my faves.

From the minute you walk in, it’s impossible not to marvel at the strange yet beautiful ambience. Its magnificent classic mirrored bar and variety of 1700s style powdered wigs arranged around the room make stepping into Peruke & Periwig feel like you’ve stepped through a portal to a completely different world.

Travel up the staircase and you'll find a delicious menu that offers starters (€8 – €15) snacks (€6 – €9) and mains (€19-23).

This is one of those places you can sit down with a friend and get lost in chat for hours without realising any time has gone by at all.


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2. L'Gueuleton

I headed to L'Gueuleton for date night last week and I have to say, I was seriously impressed.

This is a spot I had only ever been to on a sunny day when I wanted to have a glass of vino in the sun. Inside, however, it's a rustic French foodie haven.

We had an incredible meal and finished it off with some cocktails.

Fantastic stuff!

3. The Lucky Duck

An elegant neighbourhood bar that’s been made shiny and new again, The Lucky Duck is spread over three floors.

Entering the ground floor, through the original entrance columns, you will be welcomed into a traditional Victorian style pub, complete with a large and bright snug to the front with a long copper-topped bar and a terrace area to the rear.

Cocktails and grub is a must.

4. Zozimus

With an early bird, a set menu and a brunch menu, you can have cocktails and nibbles any time of the day at Zozimus.

It is one of the most photographed bars in Dublin for its iconic colourful umbrellas. The bar has a great atmosphere with even better cocktails. As well as that, they have a Mak menu that’s going to draw brunchers in their droves. Brunch offers a choice of nine dumplings & bites, priced from €7, and seven mains priced from €13.
Stand out dishes include prawn har gau, steamed king prawn dumpling with bamboo shoots in a translucent pastry (€7) and spicy chicken potstickers, minced spicy chicken in a wheat flour pastry, pan-grilled and drizzled with a chilli soy vinaigrette (€14).


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5. The Exchequer

A favourite of Dublin’s cocktail connoisseurs and a deadly spot for a charcuterie board.
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.
A place you wouldn't expect and one sure to impress.

6. Fade Street

Fade Street is an old reliable, it never lets us down.

There's always a deadly atmosphere, top quality food and tempting cocktails.

You just can't beat it.

7. The Market Bar

Tapas and cocktails are a big yes from me.

Cocktails can be pretty heavy so sometimes all you need is a few small plates while you sip. The Market Bar is just across the street from Fade Street and it's a huge, hip venue.

This place is ideal for big groups.

8. The Little Pig

The Little Pig takes up the floor above Pacino's restaurant and is all luxurious red velvet walls, polished bronze roofing, navy velvet seating, white tabletops, dimmed lighting and tasselled lamps.

It’s pure mysterious, intriguing, elegant, old-school class that brings you back to another era. Every element of the tiny top floor has been meticulously thought out by them team and we’re utterly obsessed.

The cocktail menus, for example, are filled with beautiful hand-drawn sketches of their drinks.

As for food, if you’ve ever eaten in Pacinos or The Blind Pig – you’ll know that they serve top-class Italian grub.

And The Little Pig dishes out nothing less, but in a totally different and refreshing way.

9. Shelbourne Social

Up there as my favourite Dylan McGrath project, the Shelbourne Social is a force to be reckoned with.

This trendy venue is all about hearty meals and inspiring cocktails. The cocktail menu has some incredible features such as invisible orders and musical inspiration.

The best mashed potato I've ever had can be found here.

10. NoLita

Another reliable spot.

NoLita has deadly decor, delicious Italian food and reliable cocktails.

It's right in the centre of town so it's handy to get to if you're organising a night out for a group of mates.

Cheers to that!

Happy weekend!


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