Dry January is well and truly over and to celebrate there are two new cocktail bars to try in Dublin …
Dry January is well and truly over, especially for guests who gathered for the launch of Angie’s Wine & Cocktail Bar at Roly’s Bistro, Ballsbridge which has seen many famous faces pass through its doors over the last 30 years. Most recently Bruce Springsteen, Roy Keane, Dave Grohl and Rod Stewart have all been spotted enjoying supper in its Terrace and Bistro restaurants.
Guests joining chef and co-owner Paul Cartwright at the official opening included music maestro Louis Walshe, model Sophie Anderton, RTÉ’s Nuala Carey, influencers Triona McCarthy and Lawson Mpame as well as food and wine writers including Lucinda O’Sullivan and Tom Doorley. John O’Sullivan, who established Roly’s Bistro in 1992, sent his best wishes to all from Florida!
The new wine and cocktail bar, named after John O’Sullivan’s wife Angie, is ideal for pre-lunch or dinner cocktails (expertly prepared by Adi) which guests sampled, including Tullamore Whiskey sours, Angie’s Cosmo and Margaritas in addition to Laurent Perrier bubbly and a selection of extensive wines. Exclusive to Angie’s, customers can now sample speciality wines by the glass with its new “by the glass” technology that keeps opened bottles under a protected atmosphere, as if they had been newly opened.
With the sounds of a Spanish guitarist in the background, guests enjoyed mini versions of Roly’s delicious signature dishes including its famous Dublin Bay prawn scampi with homemade tartare; Thai spiced corn fed chicken wontons with avocado salsa and red pepper puree; dry aged Hereford sliders with smoked dubliner cheese; mini Dublin Bay Prawn cocktails and Burren Smoked salmon and Castletownbere crab salad.
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Photographs: Andres Poveda
Like fashion, food, architecture and literature, cocktails reflect the period in which they’re poured. And somewhere on the pulse of the latest cocktail trends is The Curious Mister in The Clarence Hotel, Temple Bar. Dublin residents will remember it as the Octagon Bar which has had a posh makeover by the design team at O’Donnell O’Neill and now rocks a decadent, speakeasy vibe, which is bound to prove popular for date nights and pre- or post-dinner drinks. A teal/aqua blue colour theme is accentuated by floral patterned walls, velvet chairs, eclectic artwork, (flattering) lighting and a stunning carpet of skittering clouds of butterflies from Wilton Carpets, reminiscent of Damien Hirst’s designs.
As for the cocktails, they have been designed to hit all five taste profiles – sweet sour, salty, bitter and umami – hence the “curious” theme and name. This is the place to try something other than your regular order and at the recent opening, guests were wowed by the details – from coconut spritzes to red pepper accents as well as the entertainment.
“Mentalist” Shane Black wowed guests such as Alex Farrell (of Indo-Chine Dublin), PR guru Avila Lipsett, radio hosts Ed Finn, Laura Fox and Emma Power, as well as influencers Damien Broderick, James Kavanagh and Éadaoin Fitzmaurice. DJ Steve Reddy set the scene with a lo-fi jazz sounds throughout the night.
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