While Christmas Day might be the pinnacle of our holiday feasting, for many Christmas Eve is just as wrapped up in food and drink traditions.
Falling on a Sunday this year, our association with it as a family day will be all the more enhanced and what better way to start the celebrations than with a little outing with the clan for breakfast.
Perhaps you’ve planned to meet friends for a spot of lunch or brunch, to re-energise after a few hours of that last-minute shopping you meant to do a week beforehand.
If you’re one of the many who heads for a couple of pints or that traditional tipple the night before, then we have all the best spots that need to be on your radar.
Whether it’s for breakfast, brunch, or drinks, or all three, that you’ve in mind for December 24th we’ve rounded up our top five of each in Dublin City. Read on for the festive feasts that await you.
If you’re a big foodie as well as on the lookout for a special Christmas Eve morning breakfast, pay tribute to the late Antonio Carluccio at his renowned restaurant. Popular with many families, choose from the Eggs Benedict or Royale, Frittatas or the Italian take on a full Irish, Carluccio’s Breakfast Magnifica.
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
From sweet treats and traditional full Irish to their Original Sticky Bun and Cherry Bun, relive the history of the iconic building over a festive cup of tea with your loved ones in the heart of the city.
78-79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2
Renowned for their Middle Eastern inspired menu and fresh ingredients, with two venues, one on the north and one on the south, Brother Hubbard makes for an ideal location for morning meetup with family or friends. Their Festive Pancakes are perfect start to the final Christmas countdown.
Brother Hubbard North, 153 Capel Street, Dublin 1 / Brother Hubbard South, 46 Harrington Street, Dublin 8
A popular hotspot in the heart of the capital, head to Keoghs Café for delicious dishes in the early morning over excellent coffee. From Eggs on Toast to hot sandwiches or paninis as well as the freshly baked selection of muffins and pastries, there’s something for every member of the family.
1-2 Trinity Street, Dublin 2
Eggs are a speciality at this café restaurant from popular Irish cook Clodagh McKenna, from boiled to poached to French toast or scrambled. Breakfast Baps and Avocado Toast are also tasty additions to the breakfast menu, to enjoy over power juices or a frothy coffee, in a beautiful setting amidst the heritage department store.
Upper Second Floor, Arnotts, Henry Street, Dublin 1
After any last-minute shopping, relax and re-energise yourselves at Avoca and choose from any of their lunch delights. Chargrilled yellow fin tuna, Ted Browne Dingle bay crab salad, avocado falafel – the list of tasty treats really does go on.
11-13 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
For that little special something for your Christmas Eve midday feast, Balfes is popular for brunch that’s only a hop and a skip away from Grafton Street. Specialising in fish and seafood including Carlingford Oysters and Tuna Tartare, there are also nutritious options by BodyByrne, for any fitness-conscious individuals.
Balfe Street, Dublin
Interested in a festive three-course meal full of flavour? Then head to the Drury Street restaurant where you can dive right in to dishes made with Irish ingredients including St. Tola Goat Cheese and Braised Wild Wicklow Venison. Enjoy a glass of wine from their vast variety and let the holiday vibes truly set in.
52-55 Drury St, Dublin 2
Whitefriar Grill Steakhouse
Renowned for their brunch menu, signature dishes to indulge this Christmas Eve include Eggs Benedict with either smoked salmon, prawns or crab cakes, as well as chicken wings, plus their zesty and rather cheeky House Bloody Mary.
16 Aungier Street, Dublin 2
If it’s brunch with a view you’re looking to share with your loved ones, then head up to Sophie’s at The Dean to visit one the hottest spots in town. Irish Minute Steak or Buttermilk Pancakes, whatever kind of typical brunch dish tickles your fancy, Sophie’s will have it.
33 Harcourt Street
No. 27 Bar & Lounge at The Shelbourne
Start your evening with festive drinks at the prestigious Shelbourne Hotel. A Christmas custom for many, choose from champagne, cocktails or opt for one of their many fine wines, amidst the plush surroundings and warm atmosphere of the iconic hotel.
27 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
A venue loved by many Dubliners and visitors, the space within House Dublin is as welcoming as its friendly staff. With a selection of strong and sweet cocktails to choose from – they even serve punch to share. From the long list of wine to the impressive array of spirits and brands, you’ll surely find a tipple that tickles your fancy.
27 Leeson Street Lower, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2
The Sidecar at The Westbury
If you’re heading out for Christmas Eve drinks, one of the most in demand venues is The Sidecar at The Westbury, so if you’re planning to meet others for a few glasses of Prosecco or a hot toddy, we do recommend you make your way early.
Balfe Street, Dublin 2
The Church Bar & Restaurant
With a multitude of areas within its vast venue, The Church is a hot spot on the North Side for evening and day-time drinks, enjoyed by friends and families. From Irish Coffee to Hot Toddies and a variety of beers, it’s an ideal location to count down the hours.
Junction of Mary St & Jervis St, Dublin 1
One of the most popular traditional pubs in town, on Christmas Eve it’s no different. Its central location makes it a choice location for meeting over a pint of Guinness with friends, colleagues you hadn’t yet the time to celebrate with, or family whom you won’t see the day after.
15 Merrion Row, Dublin 2
An enthusiastic foodie with a sweet tooth and love for spices, Nirina is open to a lot of food from many different cultures. A mixed background from Ireland and Madagascar, she loves tweaking recipes, dining at new restaurants, tasting new cuisines, or just a good glass of wine. Basically she really, really loves her food. Coming from a family of avid cooks, learning how to whip up the perfect tiramisu, spice up Indian curries or serve homemade samosa was a given.