The Christmas lights are up. There’s a chill in the air and the city is packed with revellers. What better way to catch up with friends and family than by relaxing with a gorgeous cocktail? Here are some beautiful, wintery concoctions to warm the cockles of your heart.
On Crown Alley, ring the bell on the unassuming black door and enter the fabulous Vintage Cocktail Club. Vintage Cocktail club were recently awarded Best Cocktail Bar(Hospitality Awards), and a trio of awards at the Irish Craft Cocktail Awards this week – Outstanding Bar Menu, Best Bar Dublin and Best Overall Cocktail Bar. They have created a stunning festive drink, Three Wise Men. This cocktail is made up with Johnny Walker, John Jameson, Jack Daniels (the wisest of kings!) with a frankincense and myrrh tincture and topped with gold leaf. They will also be welcoming you with a glass of warming mulled wine on arrival. Come by and ring the bell! www.vintagecocktailclub.com
At Peruke & Periwig you are invited to step up to the beautiful copper bar, or sink into the comfortable armchairs on the upper floors, and order some finely crafted cocktails. Peruke & Periwig were awarded Best Irish Cocktail at this year’s Dublin Cocktail Festival. They were also in the top 3 of the Irish Craft Cocktail Awards for Outstanding Bar Menuand Best Bar Team. Their Cold S’Mores Cocktail is a perfect Christmas tipple. Made with martini, house made marshmallow infused vodka, Kahlua, cream and toasted marshmallows, it’s creamy goodness will put you in the Christmas spirit! www.peruke.ie
Sophie’s, located on the top floor of The Dean Dublin, has the delicious, tangy and sweet Thinking Of You cocktail, which tastes like all your Christmases have come at once. Vodka, white cacao, raspberry, lemon, bitters and whites – together at last. Sit back, sip and enjoy the uninterrupted views of Dublin. Sophie’s was recently awarded Best Hotel Bar at theHospitality Awards, and was in the top 2 Best New Bars in the ICC Awards. www.sophies.ie
Located just a stone’s throw from the heart of Temple Bar is The Clarence. Step into the warm and inviting Octagon Bar and let their expert bartenders fix you a tipple. They have created two fun and festive cocktails for you to enjoy. Try the Green Elf’s Delight, expertly made with Midori melon liqueur, vodka, fresh lime and sugar. Perhaps you’d like to sample Rudolf’s Raspberry Dream, featuring Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum, fresh raspberries, Cointreau, lime and sugar. Pull up a chair in the library, next to the roaring fire! To see more about Christmas at The Clarence please check out www.theclarence.ie
Take the stairs to the subterranean surroundings of The Liquor Rooms. Enjoy a delectable cocktail in one of their four beautifully themed rooms, each with their own sense of otherworldly delight. The Liquor Rooms, the first Republic of Ireland bar ever to be nominated in the Tales Of The Cocktail Spirited Awards were recently commended in the top two in the Outstanding Bar Menu and Best Bar Dublin and won Best Bar Team at the Irish Craft Cocktail Awards. The Liquor Rooms is a cutting edge cocktail bar, and the team have put together some amazing Christmas cocktails. Why not sample their Sherbet Sip, made up with homemade orange curacao, smooth maraschino, house-made pimento syrup and lemon? Their festive menu also includes the Full Regalia, a smooth, a gin based delight or the Blind Tiger Punch, packed with seasonal spices. www.theliquorrooms.com
Bison Bar & BBQ on Wellington Quay is a great place to while away an afternoon. For Christmas, why not check out the Bison Winter Warmer, featuring whiskey, blackcurrant, honey, cinnamon and a juicy slice of orange studded with cloves, this will keep the winter chills at bay! For more check out http://bisonbar.ie/
Have you had a chance to check out the brand new look wagamama on South King Street yet? Comfortable booths, a relaxed atmosphere, the same tasty Japanese inspired dishes and a phenomenal new craft cocktail menu makes wagamama a cool spot to get in out of the bustle of town. For Christmas, try their daisy blue cocktail, made with olmeca reposado, mirtilli toschi blueberry, lemon juice, sugar and topped with blueberries. www.wagamama.ie