It wasn’t too long ago that Ireland was caught up in the gin craze with bars all over the country creating G&T menus, gin tastings and even gin cruises. A gin revival had indeed taken place, gone were the days when a G&T was reserved for your granny and her friends, it had become the drink of glamorous Dubliners. Goblets garnished with sprigs of herbs, punnets of berries and sprinklings of peppercorns.
However it seems that this summer there is a new trend on the rise. With its unmistakable vibrant orange colour Aperol Spritz is the drink of the moment, being stirred and sipped in sun drenched bars and terraces nationwide.
The perfect recipe for an Aperol Spritz follows a 3-2-1 rule. Fill a glass with ice, follow with three parts Prosecco to two parts Aperol, top with one part of soda water and garnish with an orange slice and viola, a perfect summer tipple.
The popular Italian Aperitivo ritual in Veneto sees the refreshing aperitif served with some traditional snacks called ”cicchetti”. This light summer drink is perfect to serve to friends while enjoying some tasty nibbles. To celebrate this iconic drink we have found the perfect places for you to pick up this zesty drink this summer.
The rooftop restaurant at Sophie’s gives way to incredible views of the Dublin skyline, as does their spacious rooftop terrace.
This summer Sophie’s has teamed up with Aperol and is serving up delicious Aperol Spritz and bespoke Aperol serves.
For a spin on the traditional drink why not try Sophie’s Aperol Smash made with Aperol, Bulleit Rye, Lemon Juice and Ginger Beer. Pair your summer sip with one of Sophie’s delicious charcuterie or smoked fish boards.
Sitting on Drury Street in Dublin’s Creative Quarter, this laid back hang out spot is home to a pretty walled garden hidden away from the busy streets outside.
The decor features reclaimed bars, stone walls and church benches mixed with glass and steel, giving it a totally unique vibe.
Upstairs is a contemporary Irish restaurant serving seasonal dishes with an Italian twist. Drury Buildings have created a new summer spritz menu that is sure to keep your taste buds on their toes as will their bar menu full of moreish bites of arancini and crostini.
Luna is known for its modern New York twist on Italian style dining specialising in fresh hand made pasta and charcoal grilling.
Indulge in a rich ragu bolognese or a beef carpaccio, charred navet, horseraddish and pickles quail egg to compliment your Aperol Spritz.
Taking inspiration from Americas Italian restaurants in the 1950’s you can dine in elegance and sophistication while indulging on the finest Italian fare and drinks.
Nestled just off South William Street Coppinger Row offers Mediterranean plates and signature cocktails, transport yourself to the Almafi Coast with Parma Ham & Buratta Bruschetta and a vibrant Aperol Spritz.
The trendy restaurant offers a delicious set lunch and pre-theatre for a bargain price and a Sunday brunch – definitely one restaurant to add to your list.
The heated terrace is ideal for people watching and sipping an a stellar spritz no matter the weather.
Overlooking Grand Canal Dock Charlotte Quay is the picture perfect backdrop on a summers day, and what better way to unwind and enjoy the view than with a drink in hand.
Sister restaurant to Coppinger Row they offer a range of dining options -in particular the sauteed gnocchi with confit tomatoes and basil sounds like the perfect accompaniment to an Aperol Spritz.
They have recently launched a Summer Supper Series serving tasty dishes and live music ensuring a memorable dining experience.
Dublin’s hottest beach inspired cocktail bar Urchin is guaranteed to make you feel as if you’re sitting in the Mediterranean soaking up the sunshine.
Urchin is all about mixing up creative and fun cocktails in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
If you’re looking for something unique try Urchin’s twist on the classic Aperol cocktail a Pornstar Spritz. Made with coconut Aperol, passion fruit & vanilla shrub, cocchi americano and cava. A refreshing twist on the classic, this one is like a day at the beach in a glass.
This late night bar offers a stellar cocktail list, wines and craft beers along side light bites and heavenly mains of wild mushroom pappardelle.
The outdoor seating area is ideal to unwind with a sparkling spritz in hand. Enjoy your Italian tipple with mouth watering panko coated calamari and red pepper ailoi.
Sip your way to Sicily while you watch the world go by or why not pair your spritz with 37 Dawson Street’s selection of tasty brunch dishes each weekend.
Nestled in Anne’s Lane in Dublin city Zozimus is a vibrant bar with a contemporary feel. The colourful covering of bright umbrellas hanging overhead outside the bar is a regular picture popping up across our screens.
Serving lunch, dinner and a fantastic bottomless brunch in sleek settings. Striking glass structures and contemporary wooden furniture add to the sophisticated vibe.
Nibble your way through charcuterie and cheeses boards in one of Dublin’s best cocktail bars. Specialising in hand crafted cocktails, signature serves and redefined twists on classic cocktails you’ll certainly get a seriously good spritz here.
This Italian eatery set in Grand Canal is owned by Michelin star chefs Ross Lewis and Italian chef Luciano Tona.
Osteria Lucio is a modern Italian restaurant has a pretty outdoor seating area where you can soak up some rays and sip away on an authentic Italian Aperol Spritz.
Using fresh Irish and Italian ingredient to create a seasonal delights and heavenly wood fired pizza. Compliment your spritz with the restaurants handmade pasta – the saffron fettucine with datterino tomatoes, macroom buffalo ricotta and pistachio is divine.
Sinéad is a Culinary Arts graduate from DIT. She is a passionate cook with a love of fine dining and modern Irish cuisine. A gin lover, Sinéad loves seeking out cosy new pubs and sampling a variety of craft beers.
If she’s not dining out, Sinéad loves travelling the world exploring new cultures and cuisines. Working with TheTaste allows Sinéad to fully immerse herself in the Irish food industry.