Coolness and Character: TapHouse, Ranelagh – Bar Review
For a long time Ranelagh has been widely considered something of a foodie hotspot. With trendy eateries such as Dillinger’s and The Exchequer Wine Bar on your doorstep, it has been a top area to live for young couples with enough disposable income to afford the steep rents.
However, for as long as I can remember the only pub or bar of any sort of notoriety within the village has been the renowned McSoreley’s. Well known for its great Guinness and warm traditional pub atmosphere, but surely not one to keep up with the growing trend towards a craft culture.
That’s where the Taphouse fits in. The bar has a warmth and character unto itself. With soft lighting, book lined walls and plenty of wood; it’s the type of place to feel instantly at home and at ease.
With two staffed bars downstairs there are a selection of rotating taps, including some special runs such as the illustrious Tropigamma by Beavertown brewery.
Boasting an impressive system for specifically controlled draft lines on each tap they pour 400 ml measures of each of their craft beers, serving in a Monique glass which helps release the aromas of the beers as well as to keep you drinking fresh for the night.
Allowing the craft culture to flow across their entire drinks list, fresh fruit cocktail infusions are made in-house, changing with seasonality. This includes their own homemade limoncello for a Prosecco based cocktail from their modest list.
When it comes to the food, this really is pub grub done right. A selection of outstanding burgers, perfectly-cooked steak sandwiches and more contemporary pub classics like pulled pork and fish tacos. Makes for the ideal accompaniment to a round of delicious hoppy brews.
The noise from the numerous televisions can be a bit much if trying to grab a quiet bite down stairs mid-match. However the staff are very quick to drop fade the sound back to more fitting music in between halves. Ensuring that the atmosphere is fit for all.
Smack bang in the centre of the village with great craft beer, fantastic food and staff and a glorious outside terrace for sunny summer pints, I’m beginning to think the extra rent around the area might just be worth it.
Having previously devoted every ounce of his spare time to music, Tony is more commonly found these days in a kitchen than on a stage. With experience in writing on festivals and shows around the country he has recently turned his pen to more culinary exposés. With a particular penchant for craft beer he can often be spotted travelling from one bar to another in search of the latest brew to hit the market.