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Dinner and a Movie: Where to Eat and Drink Near Dublin Cinemas

From the classic dating combo of dinner and a movie to the post-film pint that keeps the evening going after you watched the heroes of the season saving the world, having a venue in mind to enjoy food or drink before or after the function will only make your night more enjoyable. We have rounded up some of our favourite venues within walking distance from Dublin’s favourite cinemas so save yourself some hassle and double your fun.

So, here are some places to eat near Cineworld, Savoy Cinema and Light House Cinema.

CINEWORLD DUBLIN

THE CHURCH

This famous venue is just a few steps away from Cineworld and it’s just so versatile! You can get a pre-movie drink or coffee (during the summer you can enjoy it in their spacious outdoors area) or come back for dinner and treat yourself to modern and tasty dishes of Irish inspiration and global appeal. Even later? Drop by and get into party mood with their cocktails and dance floor.

the Church

Where: Junction of Mary St & Jervis St, Dublin 1

More information: thechurch.ie

KLAW POKE

This cool casual venue offers a taste of the trendy Hawaiian seafood specialty Pokē as well as other wonderful treats fresh from the ocean. If you’ve enjoyed oysters or fish dishes at Klaw on Temple Bar, then you’ll love this place. It’s perfect for a relaxed dinner and they serve food until 11:00 pm you late birds are welcome too.

klaw poke

Where: Junction of Mary St & Jervis St, Dublin 1

More information: thechurch.ie

BROTHER HUBBARD

This place is more than a café (although they do make great coffee). It’s a venue that works well whether you want to share brunch or a coffee and a cake before an early function, or you are looking for a casual spot to relax for dinner and perhaps get a bottle of wine. Bonus points for their vegan menu.

brother hubbard

Where: 153 Capel St, North City, Dublin 1

More information: brotherhubbard.ie

KIMCHI / HOPHOUSE

Is it a Korean restaurant? Is it a pub? At this venue you’ll get the best of both worlds: taste the authentic delights of Dublin’s oldest Korean restaurant (or go for a more globalised but equally delicious assortment of sushi and sashimi) and enjoy a drink while you’re at it, from traditional Soju to cool craft beers.

kim chi

Where: 160 Parnell St, Rotunda, Dublin 1

More information: kimchihophouse.ie

SAVOY CINEMA

ADELPHI

If you are looking for something casual, modern and just cool, Adelphi on Abbey Street is the place to go. Not only it pours an exciting array of craft beers, it has a varied cocktail list and the food menu is a parade of guilty pleasures done well, their hot dogs are a must-try. Read Adelphi’s review on TheTaste.

Adelphi Bar

Where: 78 Abbey Street Middle, North City, Dublin 1

More information: adelphiabbeystreet.com

LE BON CRUBEEN

This award-wining restaurant and wine bar offers a very pleasant mix of Irish and continental flavours. Located strategically close to many of Dublin’s main theatres and cinemas, their pre-theatre menu is not just great value, it offers great quality and outstanding service. Read Le Bon Crubeen review on TheTaste.

le bon crubeen

Where: 81-82 Talbot St, North City, Dublin 1

More information: leboncrubeen.ie

YAMAMORI SUSHI

This restaurant has been standing by the quays for over a decade. It offers numerous sushi options, bento boxes and other exciting and flavourful tastes from Japan along with great cocktails. When the weather allows it, you can also enjoy your meal in their inviting outdoors area.

yamamori sushi

Where: 38-39 Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1

More information: yamamori.ie/yamamori-sushi

GELATO DI NATURA

This authentic gelato parlour is pretty much neighbouring the Savoy Cinema and is open until 9:00 pm so it works perfectly well for a sweet treat before the film starts. They also do coffee, hot chocolates, crepes and other Italian and French style pastries.

gelato di natura

Where: 6 O’Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin 1

More information: facebook.com/susodublin

BAGOTS HUTTON

Restaurant by day, wine bar by night, this jazzy venue is always up to something; whether it’s their scrumptious supper club with live entertainment on Thursdays, or their irresistible deal of a free meat and cheese board with a bottle of wine on Mondays, you’ll always find this place is a complete crowd pleaser.

bagots hutton

Where: 6 Ormond Quay Upper Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7

More information: facebook.com/susodublin

LIGHT HOUSE CINEMA

LIGHT HOUSE CAFE

The cinema itself has a very inviting restaurant area that it’s ideal for a light lunch or dinner, or a coffee and pastry before facing the silver screen. They go the extra mile to offer dishes from prestigious producers and when it comes to wine and beers, they also excel, with bottles of wine from independent importers and craft beers brewed by some of the best brewers in town. Down the stairs, you’ll find the bar area, where you can also enjoy spirits and cocktails.

Bonus points for the fact that you can take your drinks to the screen room with you.

light house cinema

Where: 6 Ormond Quay Upper Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7

More information: lighthousecinema.ie/eat-drink

FISH SHOP 

Looking for something tasty, casual and well done? Here it comes… Fish Shop offers many seafood favourites as well as carefully selected wines including several unusual bottles. It’s a fabulous spot for sizzling fish and chips and their small format seafood dishes are just a dream with a crisp Albarino.

fish shop

Where: 76 Benburb Street

More information: fish-shop.ie

TOKEN

If you feel like moving from the big screen to a smaller screen but not quite your phone’s, what about a flashy arcade? This newly opened bar and restaurant features working retro-gaming arcades that you can play with your friends, although you don’t have to indulge in video games to enjoy their ample offer of craft beer and a food menu with numerous street food classics with a twist.

token dublin

Where: 14, Block C, Smithfield Market, Arran Quay, Dublin 7

More information: thirdspace.ie

COTTO

This friendly neighbourhood pizza place is an ideal spot to complement your movie experience. They open Wednesdays to Sundays from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm (they close at 9:00 pm on Sunday) and besides classic Italian style pizzas, they also have a brunch menu on the weekends. Wine wise, expect Italian, French and Spanish bottles.

cotto

Where: 46 Manor St, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

More information: cotto.ie

PHX BISTRO

This cosy, family-run restaurant has something for everyone; you’ll find favourites like fish and chips, risotto, Irish beef burger, lamb and steak. They have a concise but efficient wine list, a very relaxed and casual atmosphere, and a warm, enthusiastic service.

phx bistro

Where: 12 Ellis Quay, Arran Quay, Dublin

More information: phxbistro.com

L. MULLIGAN. GROCER

This pub and restaurant is a celebration of Irish food and drink. From their menu with a perfect balance between pub classics and modern favourites to their extensive selection of whiskeys, gin and craft beer. Their offer changes seasonally and they have crafted exciting beer, cider and whiskey pairings with your meals so it’s a really fun and delicious experience!

j mullingar grocer

Where: 18 Stoneybatter, Arran Quay, Dublin 7

More information: lmulligangrocer1.weebly.com

ARTICLE BY GABY GUEDEZ

Gaby ProfileGabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.

Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.

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