Dublin at Christmas offers plenty of things to see and do. Yesterday 13th of November, Dublin’s City Centre lit up with Christmas joy. And we mean it literally, as the Grafton Street Christmas lighting ceremony gathered huge crowds of attendees eager to enjoy the live music and festive cheer in an event that for many has become the official start of the holiday season.
Whether you’re strolling under the thousands of fairy lights on a date, indulging in a shopping spree or simply walking around with friends or family, these five places offer great food and drink, and are ideal stops for an afternoon or evening filled with Christmas spirit.
Come for the stylish and comfortable location, stay for the great coffee, fabulous drinks and delicious food with plenty of healthy options in the menu. Located within The Westbury, this versatile restaurant is ideal to sit and share a platter of cheese and charcuterie with a bottle of wine after a great day of sight-seeing or shopping.
Where: Balfe Street, Dublin 2
More info: balfes.ie
Stop to enjoy la dolce vita in this classic Italian restaurant within Farrier and Drapper, a bar with a charming vintage glamour (while you’re at it, you might as well stay for a drink). One of the coolest places to get a proper dinner in the area.
Where: Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin 2
More info: farrieranddraper.ie/restaurant
On the top floor of the iconic department store, you’ll find a modern restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and great options for sharing as well as a fabulous afternoon tea menu. The place is worth a visit on its own merit, and it’s also the perfect spot to recharge in style if you’re shopping in the area.
Where: 88-95 Grafton Street, Dublin 2 (Brown Thomas)
More info: brownthomas.com
A magical afternoon becomes a magical evening at this venue where music, theatre, food and entertainment combine. Enjoy eclectic live shows Thursday to Sunday, in a venue that feels like a mix between Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Great Hall, a night club and a rock ‘n’ roll video.
Where: 22 South Anne Street, Dublin 2
More info: magistorium.com
If you feel like sipping on a glass of Irish whiskey or enjoying a pint of craft beer, these brother bars are just for you. Dingle’s beautiful interior with plenty of reclaimed whiskey barrel oakwood sets the tone for an elegant evening of calmed appreciation, in fact, they often host tastings and other events.
More info: theporterhouse.ie/bars-dingle-whiskey
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.