Celebrating its 5th birthday, Vice Coffee Inc on Middle Abbey Street is undeniably an institution within Dublin’s coffee scene. Nestled within the walls of Wigwam, just a few steps away from Easons and Arnotts, this coffee house oozes positive vibes, great coffee and class people. It is my regular pitstop for all things coffee, and one of the first places I visit after being away. Snow or no snow, I am always back!
Stopping by Vice Coffee is like entering a hip wonderland. First of all, the cafe lives in a cool music venue, stocking over 100 rums and various craft beers. Not to mention, coffee-infused cocktails from Vice Coffee, including Black Forest Betty with espresso and chocolate infused vodka.
The roof terrace comes in handy in all seasons; a cold brew tastes better in summer, whereas Vice Coffee’s award-winning Irish coffees give you extra zing on a chilly day. The place sparkles, literally, thanks to disco balls and lights stretched across the ceiling. From booth-like seats to a colourful mishmash of wooden chairs and tables, you can feel the spirit of the place. It is a lovable hipster hangout bustling with the irresistible energy.
As a coffeeholic, I am never disappointed with their coffee. Head barista Tom Stafford frequently changes roasters, ranging from the locals, such as Full Circle Roasters and Upside Coffee, to the likes of Colonna and Bailies Coffee. Baristas Veronika and Barry are always around to guide and advise you on the best coffee option available.
It is a great way to discover new flavours, in every single sip. Recently they showcased Bailies’ Ethiopia Guji, naturally processed. The cup boasted notes of toffee and chocolate, with a slight piquant twist. Poured by Andy, the texture was smooth and light, beautifully marrying with the coffee. All of that finished with a slick rosetta, effortlessly floating on the surface.
Vice Coffee’s menu is about elevating a simple pub toastie. And the guys hit all the marks for me. Served on Arun Sourdough Bread and with Edmond Fallot mustard (so good!), their food is an ideal lunch or a brekkie option. My first choice was a Roasted Turkey and Thyme Toastie, served with cranberry chutney and Emmenthal. It had that perfect crunch, and the scent of thyme was irresistible. Although sweet, the cranberry didn’t overpower other ingredients, creating a nice lunch bite.
A Banana, Nutella and Espresso Mascarpone Toastie was my dessert of choice. The smell was amazing, and its sweet filling is just right for a lazy afternoon treat. Though I went for a regular flat white, Tom recommended a glass of Fancy Frankie or Plain Jane, both their award-winning Irish coffees.
If I had to describe that toastie, I would say it is the type of a sandwich a kid hopes to eat as an adult. It has got everything: a dose of sugar mixed with nostalgia to keep your sugar cravings in check.
Vice Coffee is a must-visit cafe in Dublin. Open 7 days a week, 11am-6, you can rest assure your stomach and coffee are in good hands.
54 Abbey Street Middle, North City, Dublin, Dublin 1
I’m Anna, the voice behind Dublin Drinks Coffee. My caffeinated adventure started a few years ago, when brewing and steaming in one of local coffee shops. Since then I’ve enjoyed a lot of great cups across Dublin and I share all my stories with on www.dublindrinkcoffee.com. Dublin is full of independent cafés and coffee houses that enrich our culinary scene every day. Browse through lists of unique and local cafés, events, books/movie recommendations and other caffeinated treats to enjoy!