If you’re into whisk(e)y, there are great chances you would have either already visited Ireland’s capital city in the past or been planning a visit (especially now that you can visit the brand new Jameson Distillery visitor centre and Teeling, which wasn’t opened last time I stepped foot in Dublin…) – So where can you quench your whiskey thrist after a long day walking the paved streets of the Liberties and enhancing your beer-knowledge at The Guinness Factory? Here are a few ideas for you!
Jasmine Bar – 62 Drury Street
Jasmine Bar, voted one of the ‘Great Whisky Bars of the World’ by Whisky Magazine and part of the Whiskey Trail of Ireland, offers the opportunity to relax and enjoy one of a hundred different whiskies from around the world, exotic cocktails and delicious dishes.
Brooks also offers a group Whiskey Tasting Experience in Jasmine Bar. These tasting sessions can be tailored to suit any palate, from beginner to whiskey connoisseur. The tasting is based on five whiskeys from their collection including a 16 year old Bushmills, Connemara Peated Single Malt and Midleton Very Rare 2006, and is sure to get your taste buds tingling. Prices are from €35 per person.
Peruke & Periwig – 31 Dawson St
Peruke & Periwig is a unique and memorable drinking and dining experience on Dublin’s thriving Dawson Street, number 31 to be exact. Open seven nights a week, the ground floor bar offers guests a draught pint, a bottle of craft beer or a delicious coffee as well as an extensive selection of the finest cocktails, whiskeys, spirits, liqueurs and wines. If you’re feeling a little peckish, why not give the tasty bar snacks and signature batch bread sandwiches a try?
“Diners and drinkers are most welcome on our first and second floor lounge areas where you can peruse our expertly mixed cocktails with some unconventional yet appetising adjustments that have allowed us to express our creativity and serve delightfully delectable drinks. Our current cocktail menu, the third menu from Peruke & Periwig, is inspired by music of all genres and tastes…”
The Temple Bar – 47/48 Temple Bar
A tradition of a genuinely warm welcome and first rate friendly service, is the hallmark of the friendliest and most famous watering hole in Dublin. Whether you are alone or with a group of friends, the craic is mighty and you will always feel at home at the Temple Bar.
I know you may think this was an obvious choice and a bit too touristy… But did you know that the whiskey selection of The Temple Bar comprises around 450 whiskeys? I know… You may be considering defying those stag-partying drunkheads now.
The Palace Bar – 21 Fleet St
Unspoilt and unmodernised, this small and unpretentious pub has a fame vastly out of proportion to its size. Established in 1823, it is one of Dublin’s oldest pubs.
Step into the beautiful snug at the front in which many a historic meeting has taken place or the backroom with its high ceiling and ornate stained glass, where literary stock used to gather. Kavanagh, Flann O’Brien and Harry Kernoff were regulars, and thus the pub became internationally famous and one of Dublin’s great literary pubs.
Pssst! Check the whiskey menu and let me know your thoughts 😉
Bison Bar – 11 Wellington Quay
Sitting right on Wellington Quay, in the heart of Dublin, is a slice of BBQ heaven. Sidle up to our bar, saddle up on your seats and get comfortable in Bison Bar & BBQ, Dublin’s finest BBQ joint.
I’m not sure about their claim of having the “larget whisky selection in Ireland” but the choice is still impressive (about 150 references). What’s also worth noticing here, is that the whisky selection doesn’t focus on Irish Whiskey alone but also features nectars from Japan, America, Canada and of course Scotland.
Cover Pic: The Irish Guild of Sommeliers