You’ll often hear Dublin described as ‘vibrant’ and ‘dynamic’. Well, it’s true. Dublin is changing all of the time and with that change comes new restaurants and bars and things to do and see in our wonderful capital city.
Want to know what some of those great new restaurants, bars, attractions and shops are?
NEW RESTAURANTS IN DUBLIN
In Temple Bar and overlooking the River Liffey, Roberta’s is a loft style open restaurant serving some really unusual, contemporary food. We recommend you give it a go.
With art deco club chairs and leather booths, NoLIta is, as you’d expect, a New York style restaurant serving pizza and pasta and that sort of thing. Simple menus but it’s all very, very stylish.
This is the hottest trend in dining – Hawaiian sushi, or Poké – has arrived in Dublin with Klaw Poké on fashionable Capel Street. Try it and let us know what you think.
The Morelands Grill is a really nice steakhouse on Westmoreland Street (hence the name). A little different in that it’s not really an American look but a new Dublin one.
NEW BARS IN DUBLIN
Another New York name but The Bowery is very different. It’s a live music venue and rum bar in Rathmines and it’s, wait for it, built like the inside of an ancient galleon.
Farrier & Draper
It really doesn’t get more elegant than this: spread out over three floors in the Powerscourt Townhouse, Farrier & Draper is breathtakingly gorgeous. No, we’re not exaggerating here.
Zozimus is another visually amazing bar, this time with a touch of Mary Poppins and a dash of steampunk. It’s on South Anne Street and also serves brunch, lunch and dinner.
Lemon & Duke
On the corner of Lemon Street and Duke Street just off Grafton Street is this hugely popular new bar. Lemon & Duke has a lot of dark wood, glass and polished brass and, of course, lots of lovely cocktails.
NEW ATTRACTIONS IN DUBLIN
New Jameson Distillery
The Jameson Distillery in Smithfield is now open again following an €11 million refurbishment. You can do the relatively simple tour or the one we recommend: The ‘Whiskey Makers’ masterclass.
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Located in Dublin’s Docklands, the Epic Museum is the Irish Emigration Museum and is a very, very important testament to our heritage as it tells the stories of Irish emigration around the world.
National Wax Museum Plus
The brand new National Wax Museum Plus is now open on Westmoreland Street and it’s got tons of things to see and do. A true family attraction.
This is quickly becoming a phenomenon – Escape Boats involves two to six players trying to solve puzzles, crack codes, uncover mysteries and escape to freedom.
NEW SHOPS IN DUBLIN
& Other Stories
& Other Stories women’s clothing, shoes, bags, accessories and make-up store opened just down from the hotel on Grafton Street to huge fanfare recently.
Also on Grafton Street, Urban Decay is “beauty with an edge”. Feminine, dangerous and fun, it appeals to women who relish their individuality and dare to express it”.
Bow & Pearl
This one is a short walk away in Rathmines but Bow & Pearl is well worth making the effort to get to if you’re looking for funky chic womenswear and accessories.
How’s that for a list of fantastic new restaurants and bars and things to do and see in Dublin? The only question for you is what will you do first?