Café by day, wine bar by night, Bestseller Dublin is a multifaceted and relatively recent addition to Dawson Street and one that stands out due to its low-key charm and bohemian vibes.
The place evolves through the day and it goes from a lively spot for a cuppa and a light lunch to an inviting setting to share a bottle of wine and perhaps some small plates or a cheeseboard as the sun goes down. Besides their food and drink offer, Bestseller Dublin doubles as a bookshop -hence its name- with various paintings, framed photographs and other objects d’art scattered around for your enjoyment, whether you simply admire them during your visit, or decide to purchase and take home the ones that catch your fancy.
The place’s decor is retro and cosy, with dim lights, wooden floors, leather chairs and no spot on the walls are left uncovered. Soothing jazz playing at conversation-friendly levels provided the perfect soundtrack to such romantic scenography.
The wine menu at Bestseller Dublin is lean but carefully composed, offering a couple of dozen bottles to choose from, the majority of them also available by the glass. Wines from the world’s bestselling regions, pun intended, with a focus on Europe’s traditional three -France, Italy and Spain- along with some New World neo-classics like Argentinian Malbec, Aussie Shiraz or New Zealand Sauv Blanc.
Prices are reasonable, with the by the glass choices ranging from €7.50 to €9 and most bottles under €40.
My guest had a glass of Piedra del Mar Albarino (€8.50), crisp and citrusy, a textbook example of the popular white from Spain’s Rias Baixas, and I enjoyed a Syrah-Grenache blend (€8) by Domaine de la Colombette in the South of France. spicy and with moderate tannins, it went down a treat along the Irish cheeseboard (€14) we shared.
The waitress looking after us was one of the friendliest I’ve had the luck to meet recently, dexterous in the art of knowing when to check in with a smile and when to give us some space.
While there are no beers nor spirits on the list, they have an appealing selection of wine and sake-based cocktails (€12 each) such as Adam’s Ruin (Tawny Port, vermouth, Campari and orange juice), Original Sin Sour (green tea sake, sour apple presse and eldelflower juice) and Holy Grail (White Port, Fino Sherry, St. Germain and rose water).
If you’re noticing a pattern of Biblical inspiration in these tipples, this is not random, but a nod to the venues’ previous self as the headquarters of the National Bible Society of Ireland.
Bestseller Dublin works with a number of local suppliers including Two Fifty Square Coffee Roasters for their fine arabica beans, Clement & Pekoe for their many speciality teas, The Dalkey Food Co for their soups and The Cupcake Bloke for their cakes.
The place has a small private room which can be booked for a more private soirée, fits about ten people and it would be suitable for a meeting, a wine tasting or a small celebration.
Bestseller Dublin is open from 09:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Wednesday (from 11:00 am on Sundays), and from 09:30 am to 10:00 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Our bill at Bestseller Dublin arrived at €30.50 including two glasses of wine and a cheeseboard.
Gabriela’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.