Jimmy Rabbitte’s has been open for just a handful of weeks but it fits its surroundings on Camden Street so well it almost feels as if it has been there forever. The artwork that covers most of its dark green walls hints at the venue’s attitude: traditional and familiar at a glimpse, but take a better look and a quirky edge becomes evident.
The bar takes its name from nineties’ film The Commitments, set in Dublin’s north side and in which a namesake character tries to start a soul band for which he decides to run auditions.
Jimmy Rabbitte’s is connected to The Camden Palace and owned by the same group, who also runs The Living Room. It shares an outdoors area with the popular nightclub in which you’ll find low tables, fairy lights, street art and a food stall run by Pitt Bros BBQ.
While there’s no food menu at the bar, you can get a burger, BBQ bowl or nachos and take it indoors. With prices ranging between €6.50 to €8.50, it’s a very reasonable bite for the area.
The drink’s menu offers a collection of popular cocktails and a varied range of spirits. Their Gin & Tonic is presented in the appealing globe glasses that we have become used to and you can choose from a selection of three dozen gins, including numerous Irish bottles such as Dingle, St. Patricks, Mór and Drumsanbo Gunpowder.
A G&T accompanied by premium tonic water Thomas Henry was well presented, and a pan over the bar’s cosy interiors showed that it was quite a popular choice. We also tried the bar’s signature tipple, Rabbitte’s Sour, a sweet and tangy combo of Jameson Caskmates, mead, ginger ale, syrup and lemon juice.
The music style and volume were just ideal to invite conversation: Radio-friendly rock just loud enough to blur neighbouring chatter but not your own.
We noticed a fair mix of craft and mainstream beers on tap, local favourites such as 5 Lamps and The White Hag sharing room with the likes of Sierra Nevada and Brewdog and your usual global brands. However, for a second round we decided to stick to cocktails.
A summery and colourful Mint and Raspberry Julep with a Bulleit Bourbon base and a Jameson Caskmates Old Fashioned passed the audition. With over 30 Irish whiskeys in the menu plus a few popular world bottles, those looking for a drop neat or on the rocks will also find one to please their palates.
Casual and relaxed, with comfortable seating and friendly staff, Jimmy Rabbitte’s felt like the right choice for an after office hangout. When we left around half nine the only empty chairs were the ones behind us. The bill for four cocktails arrived at €36.
84-87 Lower Camden Street
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.