From The Informal To The Extravagant …
While plans around festive fun are still a little uncertain, for now at least we can continue to plan small get togethers with friends and family. If you’re looking for the perfect place for a Christmas night out, whether you want to get dressed up and go all out or prefer to stay lowkey, consult our list below of ten places to go, ranging from the informal to the extravagant.
Main featured image: Bert’s Jazz Bar, The Merchant Hotel, Belfast.
House of Bubbles
We’ve said it before, but in case you didn’t know, disco is back. And at House of Bubbles, it’s back with a bang. The Crow Street pop up is the brainchild of DJ/creative consultant Anthony Remedy in conjunction with sommelier Cathryn Bell along with Dave Coffey and Damien Quinn from Crow Street. There are still a few tables left for brunch and dinner so gather the girls (and boys) and dust off the sequins for a night of festive fun, great food and decadent drinks. Award-winning sommelier Cathryn Bell has curated a list of carefully chosen champagnes and sparkling wines to accompany the relaxed food menu and disco soundtrack ,while the art work will be courtesy of Dublin photographer Leon Farrell. Count us in. www.houseofbubbles.ie
The Bewley’s Coffee Cocktail Club
A spirited collaboration between Ireland’s leading coffee roasters and Oisin Davis of Great Irish Beverages, the Bewley’s Coffee Cocktail Club will take place in The James Joyce Room in Bewley’s Café, Grafton Street, on December 2nd, 9th & 16th from 6-9pm each night. Tickets are priced at €50 for two which includes a Bewley’s dessert flight with a signature Irish Coffee followed by your choice of Irish espresso Martini with Kalak Irish Vodka or a Belfast Coffee with Bán Poitín, the signature serve from Bar 1661. Add to that the roaring open fires and the Grafton Street Christmas lights twinkling through the window and you won’t find a more atmospheric way to toast with your friends this Christmas. Book your tickets here.
Winedown, Montague Street
If wine, sharing plates and cheese boards are your preference, Winedown (sibling of toastie tycoons Meltdown) on Dublin’s Montague Street still has some availability for key dates in December. Killary mussels with white wine and nduja along with Asian marinated bavette beef skewers are just some of the small plates on offer, with a decent selection of wines available by the glass, including dessert wines. Did we mention the cheese? www.meltdown.ie/winedown
Camus Farm Kitchen, Clonakilty
This December, what could be better than celebrating Christmas over a feast of seasonal dishes at Camus Farm Field Kitchen in wonderful Clonakilty? Round up the gang and enjoy a feast of Irish flavours with home-grown and locally sourced food at this one-sitting, set menu extravaganza. The Christmas menu will feature either goose, duck or beef depending on availability with both vegetarian and vegan alternatives also available. Perched into the hills and surrounded by trees, the dining hall is well ventilated and spacious with a wood burning stove adding to the convivial rural atmosphere. www.fieldkitchen.ie
Ash at Pot Duggans
If you happen to be in the Ennistymon area, you could do a lot worse than nabbing a booking at Pot Duggans. Ex-Ballymaloe alum Ashley Gribben will be cooking up a festive storm with her Middle Eastern feasts (which she crafted during her time in Ottolenghi, Islington) and there will be movie nights and Sunday sessions throughout the month of December too. The Christmas set menu is priced at €47 which includes two drinks per person. Festive monkfish tagine sounds worth the jaunt in itself but if you fancy making a night of it, there is a lovingly restored two story, three-bed apartment available to let, beside the Inagh River with idyllic river views from the bedroom window. www.potduggans.com
Wilde at The Westbury
If there is one hotel that personifies Christmas in Dublin, it has to be The Westbury. Dinner in Wilde followed by cocktails in The Sidecar is the perfect backdrop for a festive get together while overlooking the twinkling lights of Grafton Street. www.doylecollection.com
Bert’s Jazz Bar, The Merchant Hotel, Belfast
If the opulence of a bygone era appeals, a night with the gang ensconced in a plush velvet booth in Bert’s Jazz Bar at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast should tick all the boxes. Don your finery and toast your pals with a glass of something fizzy while enjoying a delicious three course meal and being serenaded by one of their rotating jazz bands. Heavenly. www.themerchanthotel.com
For a touch of old world charm, head to Trocadero for a taste of theatre life. The red velvet banquettes and olde worlde atmosphere along with a buzzing festive atmosphere are all ingredients for the perfect Christmas get together. www.trocadero.ie
Christmas Nights at Slane Castle
If there is a better backdrop for a festive get together than Slane Castle, we have yet to come across it. From the twinkling lights adorning the trees in the courtyard as you arrive, to the red carpet welcome and the giant toy soldier sentries, this will be an evening to remember. Prices start at €90 per person to include a mulled wine reception, followed by dinner in The Gandon Room after which guests will be shown to Browne’s Bar for post dinner cocktails. www.slanecastle.ie
Burtown House, Kildare
In Co Kildare, the magical Green Barn restaurant at Burtown House will be hosting Christmas dinners with delicious seasonal dishes, gorgeous wines and cocktails on select dates in December. The menu is priced at €65 per person (with no supplements) and includes delicacies such as scallops with parsnip purée, leeks and beetroot jelly followed by pan fried monkfish with garden herb oil, herbed mash potatoes and sautéed garden greens. Dessert choices include classic crème brulee with ginger biscuit or the always popular cheese board. www.burtownhouse.ie
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