Take Shelter From the Downpours at One of These Cocktail Bars - The Gloss Magazine

Take Shelter From the Downpours at One of These Cocktail Bars


For gourmets: RARE 1784, Blue Haven Hotel, Kinsale, Co Cork. At this new experimental dining and cocktail space, mixologist James Agar will create a cocktail according to each guest’s drinks preference. This is the impressive, immersive preamble to a five, seven, or ten-course set menu created by head chef Meeran Manzoor. The wine list includes organic, vegan and biodynamic wines and there’s a top notch whiskey collection too. You may need to book one of the stylish rooms afterwards, available from €298 for two, which includes dinner.

For a girls night out: WINEDOWN, Montague Street, Dublin. A GLOSS team favourite, this bijou bar-cum-restaurant is the perfect setting for an end-ofweek treat or post-work pow-wow. Owned by Maeve O’Malley, the funky art, sharing plates, nibbles and tapas are complemented by pretty cocktails.

For a great view: THE OBSERVATORY, Grand Central Hotel, Belfast, Co Antrim. At the highest cocktail bar in Ireland, with a birds’ eye view of Belfast city centre, Cavehill and beyond, the new “Observatory Celebratory Experience” in honour of the hotel being awarded fi ve-star status recently, includes a bottle of Bollinger, served with charcuterie and cheese; £120stg for four.

For a top terrace: THE PALMER, The K Club, Co Kildare. The Palmer’s cosy glazed terrace has both a retractable roof (providing shelter from the rain) and roll-down glass panels so guests always benefit from the very best of the weather. For added warmth, there are firepits for guests to enjoy a cocktail or a nightcap as evening falls.

Best for sundowners: HARVEY’S BAR AND TERRACE, Harvey’s Point, Co Donegal. Sitting under a parasol or soaking up some sunshine, enjoy unsurpassed views of Lough Eske. For those a little more adventurous, take a walk out onto the small pier in front of the terrace and sip your cocktail while dipping a toe in the lake. Our preferred form of wild sea swimming …

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