As a nation we love to socialise with our nearest and dearest over a delicious drink, and we all have our preferred tipple. Whether you’re a stout drinker or a wine enthusiast you can’t deny a good cocktail is a thing of beauty. Ingredients poured in exactly the right measure, garnished with fruits and spices and served with an air of elegance, cocktails can be quite the affair. In honour of these creative pours, we’ve rounded up a list of Ireland’s cocktail bars that you have to visit!
This Cork hotspot has everything you need for the perfect night out. Great food, good music and cocktails you will find nowhere else. Cask is a seasonal cocktail bar, meaning every twelve weeks they change their drinks offering to reflect what ingredients are in season, so you’re always in for a pleasant surprise when you visit.
For more information, visit www.caskcork.com
Situated in the heart of The Latin Quarter, the bar is named after Galway girl Nora Barnacle, the wife and inspiration of James Joyce. Specialising in gin, they create some of the most incredible gin-based cocktails and have over 200 varieties of the spirit on offer. When you visit don’t forget to pick up your gin passport! Each time you try a new gin you’ll get a stamp so you can pick out your favourites, and when you collect enough stamps you’ll get a free drink. They recently became the first bar in Ireland to launch their own gin!
For more information, visit www.tighnoragalway.com
Temple Bar in Dublin may not be the first place you think of when looking for a slick cocktail bar, but hidden here is one of the cities most stylish spots. Set over three floors, you’ll be transported back in time to the 1920s’ as you sip away on their award-winning cocktails. You can also attend a cocktail masterclass to pick up tips from some of the best bartenders in the business.
For more information, visit www.vintagecocktailclub.com
The Merchant Hotel is one of Belfast’s most iconic buildings and a trip to this city isn’t complete without sampling one of its cocktails. Visit The Cocktail Bar and choose from their extensive cocktail book; one of the most popular creations is the Finn McCool, made with vodka and housemade passion fruit cordial; perfect on a summers day. Featuring antique fires and exquisite chandeliers you’ll be treated like royalty in this stunning space.
For more information, visit www.themerchanthotel.com
Recently awarded Best Cocktail Bar at the Sunday Business Post Gold Star Awards 2019, The Sidecar is a modern take on a 1930s’ cocktail bar. The cocktail offering is endless, with old classics mixing with modern twists. If you’re feeling particularly flash, try The Sidecar Privileged Cocktail. This tipple is made with a blend vintage champagnes, dry curacao and will set you back €150. If you fancy something a little more pocket-friendly there are heaps of cocktails that will also tickle your fancy.
For more information, visit www.doylecollection.com
This elusive bar will have you thinking you’re back in the prohibition days. Tucked away in Dublin city centre this speakeasy has an array of cocktails designed to tantalise your tastebuds. Adding to the air of mystery you will be given a secret password to enter and trust me what awaits you is worth the wait. Stop by for dinner or drinks and while away the hours in this underground cocktail mecca.
For more information, visit www.theblindpig.ie
The latest venture from Dylan McGrath is not only a restaurant but upstairs there is a cocktail bar with drinks so delicious you’ll be singing with glee. Each cocktail has a musical theme, with jazz, blues and hip-hop elements running throughout the menu. My favourite is Lady Day. A refreshing blend of xanté pear cognac, Giffard vanilla, lemon, pear and cacao.
For more information, visit www.shelbournesocial.com
The Westin Hotel in Dublin is home to one of the most sophisticated cocktail bars around. Housed in the original vaults of what once was a bank The Mint Bar is a favourite haunt for cocktail aficionados. Enjoy live entertainment every weekend as you sip on the finest spirits. If you’re looking for innovative cocktails then this is the place. From whiskey, gin and vodka to sake, mezcal and poitin you won’t get bored with this eclectic list.
For more information, visit The Mint Bar
A hugely popular venue with locals it can be hard to find a seat at this compact bar. A full bar is always a good sign and the multicoloured drinks that you see guests enjoying will make you instantly thirsty. Its quirky design is echoed in its drinks offering and the expert bartenders are always happy to whip up your preferred drink.
For more information, visit Muriels Café Bar
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.