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The Best Places to Dine in Dublin and Watch This Week’s Rugby Match

Rugby Match

The Six Nations 2019 is in full swing, and this weekend we will see Ireland face off with England, in a fierce battle. So while the boys in green get match ready, we’ve rounded up a few of the best places in Dublin where you can enjoy a good feed, a cold beer and cheer on our fellow countrymen in the rugby match. COYBIG!

Shelbourne Social

The latest addition to the Dylan McGrath restaurant group did not disappoint on our latest review, and if you’re looking for a serious feed pre or post-match, this is a fantastic spot. The restaurant menu has some amazing meat dishes, ideal for sharing – 40 Day Dried Age Rib Eye with Pickled Red Onion; Double Cheese Royale Wagyu Burger with Rye Brioche and Truffle Mayo or Whole Roasted Duck with Confit Leg and Pancakes.

The cocktail bar upstairs is a relaxed space, the contemporary design mirrors the eclectic cocktail selection on offer. Here you can dine on an array of dishes while enjoying a drink. Feast on delights such as Pork Belly Bao Buns with Comté Cheese and Truffle, Hot Cured Bread with Pulled Lamb, Goats Curd and Basil; Oysters with Bonito Vinegar, White Soy and Spring Onion Oil.

More information: www.shelbournesocial.com

The Chop House

As may have guessed from the name, this restaurant specialises in meat. They use locally sourced meat from Louth and Roscommon and are famed for their “Meat Board”, which features various cuts of beef, lamb and pork.

Here you can enjoy restaurant quality food and service in a laid back, pub-style setting. This gastropub is ideally located in Ballsbridge, for those heading to the Aviva Stadium on match day.

Enjoy the ChopHouse’s Classic Fish n’Chips; Seared King Prawns with Chilli, Lemon and Garlic Butter; Steak Sandwich with Caramelised Onions and Bérnaise Sauce or Spiced Chicken Burger with Sriracha Mayo and Twice Cooked Chips.

More information, www.thechophouse.ie

Charlotte Quay

Watch all the action down on the docks in Charlotte Quay. Serving up a special three-course “match day” menu in the restaurant for just €40, you can nibble away on tasty dishes while cheering for the boys in green.

Choose from dishes such as Irish Beef Ragu, Gnocchi and Parmesan; Côte de Boeuf and Fries; Pan Fried Cod with Mussels and Leeks or Gambas Pil Pil with Sourdough Toast, to name but a few.

Savvy diners can also avail of a cracking offer – enjoy CQ Burger and a pint of Guinness or Hop House 13 for just €12! That’s enough to tempt even non-rugby fans to the restaurant.

More information, www.charlottequay.ie

Café en Seine

The newly reopened Café en Seine is certainly back with a bang. The interiors are incredibly striking and they even have a Parisian inspired garden, complete with a retractable roof for when the sun is shining. They serve delicious cocktails, which we sampled first hand on our most recent visit and they stock all your favourite beers, ciders and stouts.

Set yourself up for the rugby match with Duck Wings, XO Steamed Mussels, Buttermilk Chicken Sandwiches with Asian Slaw, Warm Crab Rolls with Lardo and Beef Burgers with Coolea Cheese

Sitting right on Dawson Street, Café en Seine is the perfect base to set up during match day.  Showing all fifteen championship matches on their big screens in the indoor street garden you won’t miss out on the action

More information, www.cafeenseine.ie

Fade Street Social

Head over to Fade Street Social’s Winter Garden to watch the eagerly awaited Ireland vs England game. Don’t forget to try the delicious range of wood-fired flatbreads on offer, they are the perfect accompaniment to your favourite tipple.

Try the Lamb, Fennel and Olive Flatbread with lemon confit and parmesan; a particular favourite in TheTaste office is the Pumpkin, Pork and Chestnut flatbread, complete with fried mushrooms, onion purée and Irish mozzarella.

If that’s not enough to tempt you to Fade Street Social, did we mention they are offering customers a free pint every time Ireland scores a try!? Come on you boys in green!

More information, www.fadestreetsocial.com

J.W. Sweetman

Overlooking the River Liffey J.W.Sweetman’s is home to a pub, restaurant and an independent microbrewery. You’ll find hearty and comforting pub grub alongside house-brewed beers, from pale ales,  porters and stouts, there’s a beer for everyone.

Enjoy match day deals such as buffalo wings & a pint of any Sweetman’s craft beer for €10. Enjoy a pulled pork bap & a pint of any Sweetman’s Craft Beer for €10 or nibble on pizza and pint for €14.

More information, www.jwsweetman.ie

Lemon & Duke

This city centre venue, along with The Bridge 1859, are the only two bars in Ireland to serve Pilsner Urquell revolutionary tank beer system. So what does that mean? You get a totally fresh unpasteurised beer, and you’ll certainly appreciate the fuller flavour.

Pair your Pilsner with a Lemon & Duke Burger served with Vintage Cheddar, Tobacco Onions and Peppercorn Sauce;  Hoi-Sin Chicken Wings with Toasted Peanuts and Honey and Ginger Yoghurt Dip.

They are showing all the games on the big screen, and you’ll even have the chance to win signed rugby jerseys!

More information, www.lemonandduke.ie

The Bridge 1859

Head chef Simon Boland has created a menu full of favourites such as The 1859 Tower Burger and the famed Teriyaki Chicken Wings. This multi-award winning bar has something for everyone.

As we mentioned above, The Bridge 1859 is one of only two bars in the country to serve Pilsner Urquell unpasteurised beer, allowing you to savour the full taste of this fresh beer.

More information, www.thebridge1859.ie

Bull & Castle

Behind the bar you’ll find over 100 craft beers from across the globe, so you’ll certainly find a favourite or two. They do seriously tasty bar food, with all the usual suspects: Charcoal Roasted Chicken Wings, Terry Butterly’s Smoked Sausage, Cod Goujons, Marinated Beef Skewers and Beef Dripping Chips.

They show all major sporting events and have some great beer and burger deals on during these times, so if you’re looking for a good feed and a good pint, Bull & Castle is a safe bet.

More information, www.fxbuckley.ie

The Exchequer

Showing all 15 games, you won’t miss any of the action at The Exchequer. Customers who order a pint of Heineken before the Ireland VS England rugby match this Saturday and correctly guess the winner will win a free pint.

Enjoy a selection of finger food, ideal to nibble on while you cheer on the boys. Dine on Tamarind Spiced Chicken Wings, Salt & Chilli Calamari, Braised Lamb, Aberdeen Angus and Taleggio Cheese and Pesto Flatbread.

More information, www.theexchequerdublin2.ie

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