Looking for something new to drink this Christmas, put aside the wine and grab yourself a glass of port instead. We have compiled a list of the best places for port in Dublin. However, a glass of port would not be complete without munching on a mince pie or two. We’ve braved the pastry shops of Dublin to find you the best mince pies to indulge in over the holidays.
Cavern is the little brother to the renowned Baggot Street Wines, located in the shops basement. It is becoming known as the current en vogue wine bar in Dublin due to its extensive wine list and knowledgeable friendly staff. For those wanting to sample some port instead, options range from Romaneira LBV – late bottled vintage – to a Tawny 10 year old Royal Oporto.
Cavern also serve food, your glass of port would be an ideal companion to their antipasto boards, or selection of cheeses. Or you could just sit yourself in front of their fireplace, put the feet up, and relax with your new favourite drink.
Ely Wine Bar has long held a reputation as having one of the finest wine lists in Dublin. Winning an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine, and Best Wine experience in Ireland from Food and Wine magazine, can attest to this. They also regularly hold wine tasting events for those wishing to learn more about the wines of Tuscany and Piemonte.
Their list of ports is short, but well suited for people who wish to spend a little bit extra to try some vintages from as far back as 1997 and 1992. Should hunger strike you, their sommelier will be able to recommend some dishes that will pair nicely with your port.
Stanley’s is another restaurant with an impressive wine list. They aim to host a wine club every three weeks, which would make an ideal Christmas present for any wine lovers in your family. Their glasses of port range in cost from 6 euro’s and 75 cents to 8 euro’s and 75 cents.
The Port House is a traditional Spanish tapas bar with a wide range of wines, sherries and ports. Some of those ports are served straight from the cask too. Their ports vary in price from 6 euro’s a glass up to 15 euro’s. The restaurant has multiple locations: South William Street, Dundrum, Temple Bar and Bray, meaning there is no reason not to pop in for a visit
Celtic Whiskey Shop
For those wishing to pick up a bottle of port to drink over Christmas, look no further than the Celtic Whiskey Shop on Dawson Street. Try not to get distracted by all those bottles of whiskey, wine and champagne. They offer ports at all sorts of price ranges, even a 1976 Noval Colheita at 135 euro’s.
The staff know their alcohol, I’m sure they will have some recommendations if you don’t fancy breaking the bank for that old Noval Colheita.
The following places will help you get your mince pie fix.
Le Petit Parisien
Le Petit Parisien on Wicklow Street, whose pastry and treat covered shop window is impossible not to stop and drool over, will be offering their gorgeous looking mince pies at 6 euro’s for 8. While there, it would be a shame not to try some of their other treats.
The Merrion Hotel
The Merrion Hotel will be selling their mince pies throughout the holiday season, but they can also be bought as part of a Merrion Hotel Pantry Hamper, which also includes other Christmas favourites like mulled wine, grape chutney, cranberry and orange sauce.
For the adventurous out there, their mince pie recipe can be found on the Merrion Hotel website. See how your own mince pie skills match up against the best.
Those wishing to partake in this Christmas treat, but can’t eat gluten, look no further than Fallon and Byrne. Their mince pies are gluten free without sacrificing the taste. While there, stock up on some of the amazing cheese and cured meats that are on offer. Christmas is the ideal time for a bit of gluttony after all.
Donnybrook Fair are offering their homemade mince pies in packs of 6 and costing 5.95
No mince pie list would be complete without mentioning Queen of Tarts. Known for their amazing cakes and treats, they will be selling their mince pies at 6.50 for 6 of them. You could also pick up a traditional Christmas pudding while there too.