The Irish capital has long been a must-stop on any proper European trip and over the last decade it has also become a more vibrant food city, where chefs are reworking and reinventing menus, bringing traditional Irish food bang up to date for the 21st century foodies.
However, like the top things to do in Dublin in summer, the sheer number of restaurants and bars means the choice can be overwhelming. With that in mind, we’ve prepared a list of some of the best places to eat and drink, whether you up for a killer burger menu or simply want to enjoy a drink at the Vintage Cocktail Bar.
WHERE TO EAT…
Mr Fox is serving up some of the finest food in the city. The menu is pared back and short, focusing on impeccable ingredients served simply and their desserts are clever riffs on sweetshop and ice-pop favorites, like the much-Instagrammed house version of Nestlé’s iconic Walnut Whip.
If you want to go for one super-luxe, blowout meal when you’re in the city, then Chapter One is the place to be. Yes, it’s pricey, and you’ll need to book in advance, but this is the pinnacle of fine dining in Dublin. If you are up for a three-sixty restaurant view of the city and trendy rooftop drinks go to The Dean Dublin. You can also, try Angelina’s or Saba on Upper Baggot Street – both laid-back joints with great food.
If you are in the mood for a low key atmosphere and some fresh cooked fish, the go Klaw. Their idea is simple, super fresh seafood in a relaxed atmosphere where people can just enjoy in their food and
And if you are going for a big, sloppy burger, then you go to Bunsen.This is the place in Dublin that proves that you can find and eat an awesome hamburger in Dublin. Not counting drinks, Bunsen’s menu is so small that it fits on the back of a business card, literally.
WHERE TO DRINK…
Dublin has always been a great place to drink, whether you’re grabbing a pint at a local pub or touring the Guinness Storehouse.
One of the best pub places in Dublin is most definitely Toners. Its high walls give its beer garden a lovely secluded effect and provide for a lively atmosphere as conversations bounce off the wall. Its cosy beer garden is in keeping with its famously comfortable indoor snugs, and is just one of the reasons Toner’s has continued to be a favourite pub of Dubliners over the decades.
One of the newer bars in Dublin, The Lucky Duck is a multi-level joint in a beautifully restored Victorian red-brick building. There’s a neighbourhood pub feel to the ground level, where you can settle in for a pint at the copper-topped antique bar. Upstairs, the three levels of intimate bars have a more decadent aesthetic – and the shaken-up cocktails are excellent.
Other honorable mentions are: 9 Below, The Bar with No Name, Kehoe’s and Palace Bar.
So, what do you say? Are you ready to explore the food and drink scene in Dublin? We promise, you won’t regret a single thing!