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10 spots for a well-deserved glass of wine before 'The High Low'

By Sarah Finnan

October 17, 2019 at 5:11pm


PSA: Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes will be in Dublin this weekend. Prepare yourselves.

Fans of the duo’s podcast, The High Low, will know that they’ll be on Irish soil for a live recording at the National Concert Hall.

Tickets sold out in record time, but if you’re lucky enough to have nabbed one then I recommend making a whole glam day out of the event…dinner, drinks, the works.

There are loads of places, some in the city, some further afield, for a pre-show glass of vino. A Sunday well spent brings a week of content as they say.

Here are a few of my top picks.

Voici Creperie & Wine Bar

I mean, it has wine in the name. Out in Rathmines, this is a good shout if you want to avoid the city centre madness.

Their cheeseboards look absolutely divine too. And what’s wine without cheese?


One of the best people-watching spots in the city and the wine here is delish.

Grab a glass of red or white (I’ve tried both, in the name of research of course) and perch yourself on one of the coveted benches outside.


Directly across from L’Gueleton, this is one of my favourite haunts on Fade Street. Extremely cosy interior, dim lighting and gorge wine. Based on the Idlewild Bar that was once to be found in JFK airport, it’s mobster chic at its finest.

Loose Canon

Nice and casual, the staff here really know their wine and often let you taste before you choose…which makes me feel like a well-to-do wine critic (it’s all a ruse).

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Hair of the dog kinda Sunday! - Here till 8... pouring till 7:30

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They too serve up cheese and charcuterie boards.


Though technically in Temple Bar, an area which many locals would tend to avoid, it’s nestled away from the chaos and trust me it’s worth the visit.

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The best nights are work wife nights! 🤗

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Magnums and rugby. What else...

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Team your wine with authentic Italian bruschetta and you’re onto a winner.


Found on Camden street, a glass of wine here will cost you €4.50, which is nothing by Dublin standards. At that price, you’re practically drinking for free, to be honest.

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Weekend ready! All welcome, walk-in only.

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La Cave

This one is an absolute MUST simply because they serve a stellar crémant…which Pandora and Dolly are avid fans of. Big glass of crémant with the gals.

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Chez Max

Fabulously French. And when it comes to wine, that can only be a good thing. Chez Max have a great selection, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

The red exterior and terrace remind me of all the chic bistros you’d see dotted along Paris.

Chapter One

This place has an entire menu dedicated to cheese (are you sensing a theme here?). €35 will get you a cheese board with a sample of each fromage on offer. What did I say before, make a day of it…when you’re out, you’re out.


With not one but two locations in Dublin, this place could count twice it’s that good.

Serving wine in a decanter is the height of luxury. Pure notions but I love it.

Also noteworthy - Dolly partook in lots of “performative Guinness drinking” on her last visit to Dublin in February of this year, so keep your eyes peeled and you might just spot her having a pint of plain in one of Dublin’s finest establishments. Here’s hoping.

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Goodbye Dublin, I really love you.

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We really love you too, Dolly (and Pandora).


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