The Wild Duck
, the latest venture from Gary Whelan (Whelans, The Dalkey Duck) ticks all the boxes. Just around the corner from the Olympia Theatre, The Wild Duck has occupied the space left behind by McGregor’s favourite nightclub, SIN.
I popped in this week for a sneak peek of the place where the piano has already been christened by Gavin James and Tom Odell. Not bad for a spot that hasn’t been open a month yet.
Myself and my companion got the full tour before we sat down for lunch. First we were shown around the “little duck” – the open-fronted smoking-friendly terrace leading into the retro cozy interior adorned with an eclectic array of art pieces from Gary’s own collection.
The Wild Duck has opened under the watchful eye of Kristan Burness (The Dalkey Duck, formerly Fiorentina), who shows us around the rest of the 8,000 square foot venue – still a work in progress.
He tells us the venue will eventually open a large, flexible theatre and arts space, and a mezzanine roof top bar with a retractable glass roof, perfect for a range of events, performances and private and corporate hire.