This summer seems like it will last forever. We’re experiencing some of the hottest days and the sun is showing no signs of hiding away.
It’s a given in Ireland that when the sun shines we make the most of the good weather and head outside to dine al fresco and live like our Mediterranean counterparts.
There’s no place like Dublin on a sunny day. Temperatures are high and spirits are even higher. What better way to enjoy the weather than al fresco?
In honour of this wonderful weather we have put together a list of some of Dublin’s best outdoor eateries where you can while away the long summer evenings in, sipping ice cold cocktails and enjoying culinary delights.
Overlooking Grand Canal dock this luxury hotel is right in the heart of the business quarter of Dublin. The Marker’s ultra modern design draws on the Irish landscape to create a completely unique design.
The hotel’s Rooftop Bar and Terrace gives way to unrivaled views across the dock. The sophisticated lounge area mixes both indoor and outdoor spaces, it’s perfect to enjoy hand crafted cocktails and signature seasonal sips to spice up your summer.
For the fitness fanatics among you they offer yoga every Saturday morning on the terrace, soak up the sun while you find your inner zen.
The have recently launched a new summer menu of gourmet hot dogs, grazing boards and picture perfect macaron ice-cream sandwiches – need we say anymore?
The Dylan Hotel has introduced a Midsummer Dreams cocktail and canapé menu created by expert mixologists and chefs to delight guests this summer.
The open air Terrace at the Dylan Bar features exposed red brick walls, bamboo and mood lit walls creating a relaxed and modern vibe. For sports fans there are two outdoor TV’s playing the latest events, and for those looking to unwind there are comfy lounge seats to enjoy a cocktail and mingle.
There’s lots of interesting cocktails to sample, for a fiery kick try the Firecracker made with red chili infused vodka, fresh raspberries, Mozart white chocolate liqueur and a dash of cream.
Dine on delicious platters of chicken and chorizo bonbons, Arancini balls with smoked cheese & truffle, as well as prawn tempura with wasabi mayo.
The stunning terrace at Sophies is open all year round, filled with comfy sun loungers and food and drinks it’s ideal both day and night to enjoy the summer months.
Feast on freshly wood fired pizza while you enjoy the sunset as your backdrop. Indoors the al fresco vibe is still present with a modern glasshouse restaurant offering 360 degrees unspoiled views of Dublin
Their weekend brunch is made even better sitting on the stylish terrace enjoying a freshly mixed cocktail – try the Butter Me Up made with Pampero Especial Rum, Crème De Banane, Caramel, Nutella and Pineapple Juice.
Nestled on Essex Street East this hidden gem serves contemporary cuisine and a bespoke cocktail menu. The bar and terrace at Roberta’s features a stunning glass atrium allowing natural light and sunshine to spill into the bar.
The listed building has been beautifully restored inside while maintaining the historic features of the exterior. Roberta’s view of the River Liffey is an interesting sight, one you’ll want to savour with a chilled drink in hand.
The heavenly sounding Via Lactea is a refreshing option this summer. Made with Jameson whiskey, lavender syrup, rose water, lime juice and coconut milk.
The spacious terrace has comfy seats and table service, there’s no need for you to lift a finger while you indulge in a tipple and nibbles. Enjoy the long summer days while you relax in style.
Ranelagh retains its status as a food lover’s hot spot with a hoard of trendy restaurants. The Tap House is the a laid back bar serving the best of Irish and international craft beers, as well as wine and cocktails.
The terrace is ideal for those looking to enjoy a sunny summer beer or cocktail while sharing tasty dishes with friends.
The menu is designed to be served in small portions to allow guests to sample a range of flavours and textures. Feast on fabulous flatbreads, a selection of sliders or crab and crayfish tostadas with avocado and sour cream.
The Tap House is known for its specially measured measures of beer served in Munique glasses that are designed to keep your beer perfectly fresh
For cocktail lovers there is a fantastic cocktail menu The Tap House create their own infusions in house, changing with seasonal produce you’ll always been in for a treat.
Fade Street Social comprises of a restaurant, gastro bar and cocktail bar and well as an outdoor space called The Winter Garden.
The winter garden at Fade Street Social is the place for post work drinks or a pre dinner cocktail. Open until late with superb cocktails and a tasty flatbread menu, the Winter Garden is an essential spot to hang out in this summer.
Share a delicious woodfired flat bread with friends – in particular the beef and truffle béchamel is to die for, with onion purée, Irish mozzarella and rosemary.
Downstairs in the restaurant there is an outdoor dining area serving dishes from the gastro bar – the best place to people watch while you indulge in Dylan McGrath’s culinary delights.
Nestled below the bustling street of St.Stephen’s Green Urchin is a trendy hideaway full of flavour. The pretty courtyard is a superb suntrap, ideal for the hot summer evenings.
Transport yourself to a beach-side getaway in the vibrant atmosphere where the splashes of colour around the dining room are matched by the dazzling array of cocktails.
Couple your cocktail with a selection of Urchin’s tantalising tapas of gambas a la plancha or a plate of moreish croquettes.
Set over four floors, The Woolen Mills houses its own bakery making homemade pastries and breads each day, along with freshly roasted coffee.
The pretty roof terrace can be used all year round but is especially stunning on sunny days when the roof is opened and you can fully appreciate the views overlooking the iconic Ha’Penny Bridge.
Sspend an evening al fresco dining on heavenly dishes of Toons Bridge Dairy burrata with Martin Flynn’s tomatoes, homemade cracker and Highbank Farm apple balsamic.
Pair this with a chilled glass of vino and watch the sun go down over the city’s River Liffey.
The garden at Haddington House in Dún Laoghaire gives way to spectacular sea views. The cute Hut Bar serves boozy lemonades and frozen cocktail creations, essential on a hot summers day.
Nibble on wood-fired pizza and delectable charcuterie boards while savouring the surrounds of this unique al fresco garden.
The House offers 45 bedrooms so why not make your trip to Haddington House a summer stay-cation. When the sun goes down simply stroll up to your rooms and fall into a wonderful night’s sleep to the soothing sounds of the ocean.
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.