Irish summer is well and truly underway, and although it may go as quickly as it came, we can stay optimistic and perch for an evening in one of the below outdoor Dublin dining spots we’ve booked and are dying to experience in the Irish sun.
The Terrace at The Shelbourne
Sunny weather and the promise of champagne is as good a reason as any to treat yourself. As a nice, luxurious pat on the back, we’ll be booking in to the Terrace at The Shelbourne for seafood platters, charcuterie and plenty of bubbles to toast our release. The recently announced Moët Champagne and Seafood Terrace is certainly worth a visit. Come rain or shine, it is the perfect (heated!) spot to spoil yourself this summer.
If you are looking for a seamless blend of exquisite outdoor dining and warm hospitality, Volpe Nera in Blackrock is a no-brainer. Barry Sun’s clever creations are not to be missed, and will be just as delicious enjoyed in the heated outdoor seating area as they have always been in the cosy dining room.
777‘s outdoor dining section has it’s own name, so it’s certainly worth a visit. Afuera is as vibrant and exciting as the flavours you can always expect here. With their famous Margarita in one hand and treats like tostadas, empanadas and taquitos before you, making the most of outdoor dining this summer will be a breeze.
If you can’t be wandering down sun-filled streets in Provence, you can at the very least enjoy delectable Gallic-inspired delights sitting under a chic striped canopy on Fade Street at L’Gueuleton. This Creative Quarter gem will be doing what it does best as an al fresco brunch haven this summer.
Ever so stylish, ever so buzzy the second the sun comes out, Charlotte Quay has always been a top contender for summer drinks in Dublin. Their outdoor terrace on the water feels like a little escape in the city. We’re expecting great things and great times down at this Grand Canal Dock gem this summer.
There are few places that can transport you to sunnier, more exotic climes as convincingly as Howth’s seafront institution King Sitric. The finest lobsters, crab claws, a chilled bottle of vino and the salty sea air make this an unmissable stop, plus you can park yourself in one of their handmade beachüttes or on the heated terrace.
Fade Street Social
With a reimagined rooftop Winter Garden, Fade Street Social will likely make outdoor dining exponentially better too. Flawless cocktails, imaginative wood-fired dishes and views of the city, what’s not to love?
An outdoor Dublin dining spot with a little bit of history… Davy Byrnes has been around since 1798, and just as we’re sure it was then, it’s the perfect spot to bask in the heat on a sunny Dublin day, with it’s location right on Grafton Street. A gorgeous fresh seafood platter, a glass of champagne and some good company – what’s not to love?
Garden Terrace at The Merrion Hotel
For a quiet, luxurious sanctuary, the new Garden Terrace at The Merrion Hotel is an idyllic spot to visit on a hot day. With six bespoke cabanas dotted around the hotel’s water features, this is one to add to the list for some al fresco dining. The tantalising Seafood Tower is certainly a seafood devotees dream dish, and paired with a little champagne… A few hours here will go down an absolute treat.
Outdoor dining is the focus at Drury Buildings, which we won’t be complaining about because an outdoor terrace in the sun is all we could ever want. A carefully curated playlist by DJ Aidan Kelly is to be expected, because the tunes can truly make or break the vibe, especially on a sunny day. Share a charcuterie board and make the most of the rare Irish sun!