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Food and Drink

Barfly: The 108

The 108 is the latest of the Galway Bay Brewing’s menagerie of pint dispensaries, and one which represents craft beer fever extending its heavily-hopped, caramel-noted tendrils further into the leafy suburbs.

Restaurant Review: East Side Tavern

I try not to find out too much about a restaurant before I visit, preferring instead to wait until afterwards to research. I like arriving without any preconceived notions of who is running the joint and what they’re trying to achieve. So when our starters turn up at East Side read more…

Christmas in Dublin – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Nothing quite beats the atmosphere of Dublin’s crowded streets at Christmas. The sing-song of canny street traders. Twinkling lights. A hint of the old Switzer’s magic… Though a dig too many from razor sharp elbows and excess of ‘Anyone for the last of the Elsa dolls?’ can leave your seasonal goodwill in tatters. Our advice? Make like the young European you are and ward off your inner Scrooge with a brief pause here and there for a bit of pudding, cake or something more substantial to set you up merrily for the task in hand…

Barfly: The Back Page

The Back Page will most likely be referred to as a ‘sports hipster’ bar, but fuck it, there’s actually not that many places that are specifically good for watching sport like this is, rather just there for watching sport.

Barfly: The Harold House

The Harold House is the kind of place that’d get mentioned as must-see, flawless Guinness serving ‘hidden Dublin’ gem, if it wasn’t so profoundly, unequivocally strange.

Restaurant Review: Peperina

Dunville Avenue is tucked away in Ranelagh’s back streets, running across the Luas lines near the Beechwood stop. On the same stretch as Morton’s sits a café and bistro called Peperina.




The Lure of a Carlingford Half-Holiday

The dog days are over, the nights are drawing in and the daily grind is getting you down. You’re itching for a break, but can’t afford to wander too far or be away too long. The remnants of your holidays have been carefully squirreled away in anticipation of one last hurrah at the end of the year. Frustrated and bored, those precious days off remain elusively out of sight, tantalizingly obscured by the misty horizons of Halloween and the unrelenting grimness of November.
What better then, than to lift the gloom with a quick overnight skite … Hop in the car, head Northwards and in just over an hour you can be safely ensconced in the medieval town of Carlingford. With its breathtaking views and relaxing vibe twenty-four hours there might just be enough to infuse your senses and sate your weary soul.

Barfly: Dip

Dip is about dancing yourself all into a lather, acting the mickey with your buddies and not being fussed with any of trend-hopping arseholery.

Restaurant Review: My Meat Wagon

‘I think I have barbecue fatigue,’ I say, in my best Kardashian sister impression. I mean, really, could there be a more first world problem? Sitting in My Meat Wagon next door to The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield’s Market Square, I wonder if Dublin has had enough of pulled pork served with a side of slaw.

Back to the Future: Dublin Food Provenance

Food provenance is now very much in vogue with diners the world-over increasingly keen to establish the precise origin of the food they put in their mouths. Such global trends are replicated and reflected in the Dublin food and drink scene with restaurant menus detailing regional origination and aspects such as how the food they serve was reared, caught and prepared.

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