PENNY McCORMICK recommends some of the best outdoor terraces from Dublin to Cork …
The Shelbourne hotel’s new outside space, The Terrace, opened this week, (following a private party and fashion show of Helen Cody’s beautiful “Breath of Summer” summer capsule collection) and is a relaxed little plaza tucked away within the hotel. Designed by Guy Oliver of Oliver Laws Design, it blurs the lines between indoors and outdoors. With salvaged 19th-century railway station cast iron columns providing a framework for a series of arches, cleverly reflected with three large mirrors, the terrace has cosy banquettes, armchairs and sofas, with waterproof yacht umbrellas providing shade. For the month of June, The Terrace will serve sharing platters of charcuterie and cheese with a Sommelier’s selection of a glass of fine wine for two for €50. www.theshelbourne.com.
Nothing spells summer more than a chilled glass of Whispering Angel rosé served with delicious barbecue bites (think prawn skewers, chicken wings and new vegan bites) on the south-facing terrace at Asador, on Haddington Road, Dublin 4. With its fully retractable roof and tranquil vibes, it’s a perfect location to dine al fresco all year round, or can be booked out for private parties, catering up to 60 people. Sunny and with excellent service, it’s one of my favourite Sunday afternoon spots to meet friends. www.asador.ie.
The Blossom Grove Terrace at The River Club is surely one of the prettiest in Cork. The elegant floral installation on the riverside terrace is a collaboration with Lillet and Brown Thomas, in shades of baby pink, purple and dusty lilac woven through the existing greenery. Book the “Brunch, Bubbles and Blooms” package at The River Lee, which starts with a glass of cold bubbles on the terrace after check in. Also included is brunch for two the following day with a complimentary Lillet cocktail. At €242 per night, guests also receive a €25 Brown Thomas voucher. www.doylecollection.com.
Dylan Hotel, located off Baggot Street, has had an elegant redesign by Grainne Weber of Grainne Weber Architects, which includes a new restaurant, bar, terrace, and private resident’s cocktail room. The partially covered terrace area, The Nurserie, is filled with a mix of Victorian plants including tree ferns, and has accents of red and grey from the stone flooring and rope chairs. This is grown-up glamour personified. www.dylan.ie.
NoLita, 64 South George Street, Dublin 2 has a pop-up Aperol Terrace until June 16. Decked out with orange trees, luscious greenery, lights and colourful Italian textiles, the outdoor terrace also offers a curated apertivo drinks menu complemented with tasty Italian bites – from fritto misto all’italiana to arancini and focaccia, perfect for post-work get togethers. www.nolita.ie.
If summer guests are descending and are in search of a discreet hotel, why not try the newly-opened Wilder Townhouse which has many room options including Shoebox, Small, Popular or Suites. With its central location, the hotel’s private outdoor terrace is unrivalled for sunshine and overlooks the listed Regency Terrace of Harcourt Terrace.
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