When it comes to alcohol, the Irish are globally known for Guinness-beer and Jameson-Whiskey. If someone asked you for a typical Irish cocktail you’d probably be highly confused and come up with something like a Jaegerbomb. Thank God, the Dublin Cocktail Festival is going to change this “miserable” situation. From October 12th to 17th events will take place in 36 venues across the city, all of them focussing on one thing: COCKTAILS – mixed with Irish spirits.
A €5 wristband will work in all venues for the whole week of the festival and get you a 30% on the special festival cocktail that they’re rolling out.
You can take part in tastings, masterclasses for bartenders looking to up-skill and cocktail workshops, learn about old Irish whiskies and brand new Irish vodkas and poitíns.
More interested in drinking than in learning? We collected the Top 10 venues to go during the Dublin Cocktail Festival!
An absolutely unique and memorable bar & restaurant is Peruke & Periwig in Dawson Street. Enjoy one (or more) of the 80 cocktails they offer or dine from a comprehensive, modern Irish menu for lunch or dinner in an antiquarian, almost royal place.
Want to watch 360 degree of Dublin while sipping your cocktail? When the sun goes down and the plates (delicious a New York – Italian – Irish menu) are cleared away, the speakers go up a notch and the weekend DJs provide the guests with music till late. Sounds like the perfect atmosphere to have a home-made cocktail!
Cafe en Seine is the winner of the “Bar of the Year Award 2015” and they will serve signature cocktails also during the Dublin Cocktail Festival! They promise that: “Whatever your taste, just ask. Our answer will always be the same… mais oui.” Alors, tchin-tchin!
4. Soder + Ko
A very special cocktail might be found in a place where Scandinavian and Asian culture come together and become Scandin-Asia – at Soder + Ko. Not only the mix of cultures is unique, but also the cocktails on the menu. SÖDER+KO’s signature serves have strong Scandinavian influences, including beertails (delicious beer based cocktails – a first for Dublin) and drinks featuring interesting ingredients and exclusive cordials, as well as all the popular classics on offer in traditional drinking establishments. It’s really worth a try!
Diep le Shaker is an award winning restaurant and bar that offers a lovely ambience, exquisite cocktails & superb food – for 16 years by now! The cocktails continue to surprise with refreshing classics and unique Diep cocktails, all beautifully garnished at every point. Aside from the delicious food and cocktails, Diep is also known for friendly and efficient service, and its party atmosphere.
Fade Street Social is an ambitious new project incorporating two restaurants under one roof: The Gastro Bar and The Restaurant, along with a relaxed Cocktail Bar and a stylish rooftop Wintergarden. Fade Street Social is a holding space for pre-dinner drinks and cocktails, from exciting launches to casual lounging or a funky, hipster music bar AND for the Dublin Cocktail Festival!
In Brasserie Sixty6 you can get great food and drink in an exciting surrounding AND with reasonable prices. There is one special guy in the bar: the fabulous Fabio. He is the in house mixologist and will mix you one of the fabulous cocktails! Refresh yourself with a thirst quenching Gin Garden, indulge your senses with the bite you get from the Oriental, taste our Mojito so you know how it should be done or simply make your way through our quirky twists on the classics!
Even if they don’t have 777 cocktails on their menu, this Mexican bar will serve you tasty food and cocktails, featuring Dublin’s largest premium tequila selection of 100% blue agave tequila as well as a host of innovative speciality cocktails. Drawing on the bold flavours and vibrant colours of Mexico City, 777 provides an energetic atmosphere with creative, accessible cuisine in the heart of Dublin.
Simply said, The Meeting House offers food, drink, art and music. Meeting House Square is Dublin’s newest outdoor, indoor space. Boasting a brand new retractable canopy you can simply turn off the rain at the flick of a switch with the new custom designed retractable canopy blooming on the Square. Got interested? Why not visit this new place during the Dublin Cocktail Festival and enjoy a drink?
10. The Woolen Mills
The Woollen Mills has been one of the most iconic buildings and businesses in Dublin for over one hundred years and shouldn’t be missed during the Dublin Cocktail Festival. The Woolen Mills provide delicious food all day as well as special cocktails and a real Dublin-atmosphere.