Located on Dawson St in the heart of the city, it’s not somewhere that easily flies under the radar. Its unassuming exterior doesn’t make it as flashy or eye-catching as its many trendy neighbours, but its mystique coupled with award-winning cocktails makes it somewhere that’s surely been on many Dubliner’s lists of places to go.
From the minute you walk in it’s impossible not to marvel at the strange yet beautiful ambiance. 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.
Having been here many times previously for drinks (and being absolutely floored by how delish their craft cocktails are) my only qualm about this place was that its tiny front bar was always incurably crowded. But I’m going to let you in on a little (poorly kept) secret – head to the back of the bar to the left and you’ll find the hostess who holds the keys to the top two floors of Peruke & Periwig, where the space is aplenty and their full dinner menu is served.
Walking up the staircase to my table, it hit me – the portal I felt I had stepped into upon arrival was to none other than Hogsmeade Village. For non-Harry Potter nerds, Hogsmeade is the village next to Hogwarts. The bars and restaurants located in Hogsmeade are generally described as having a cosy, magical, old-timey feel, covered with lots of paintings, dark furnishings, fireplaces and books. Let me tell you, this place fits that description to a tee.