I spent all my summers as a child in Rush, Co. Dublin, in a house by the beach, at a time when Rush was not the town it is now. A sleepy, small, local town. Skerries was the next big town, and visits to Skerries for shopping, and food at times, when Stoops was one of the only good options and you could buy fish from the boats in the harbour.
Now Skerries, and Rush are very different places. Skerries harbour is lined with restaurants and places to eat, all with views across the harbour of fishing boats and rowing boats. If you’re there at the right time, the sunset is spectacular with Skerries being the only west facing harbour on the east cost of Ireland.
Blue Bar is one of the most popular spots along the waterfront in Skerries. Always busy, often queues so book ahead to be sure of a table. If you come along without a booking, you can wait at the bar with a drink for a table to come free. It’s casual dining at it’s best and at the weekend, there’s a late bar and DJ. This visit to Blue was with family, our god daughter Aisling was visiting from Scotland, so with her and my parents we went along for an early dinner one Saturday evening.
We went ‘family style’ to start, salt & chilli squid (€8.95) and a Red Island Platter – salmon, crab, half lobster, prawns, baby leaves, marie-rose and brown bread (€25.50). The seafood at Blue is fresh and tasty and with the platter we got to try a little bit of everything.
One of Blue’s famous dishes is their wings (€13.95) and since we didn’t have them to start this visit, I shared a portion of wings and chips as a main. There’s way too much for one person! Fillet Steak, mushrooms, onion rings, tomato, rustic fries and sauce (€27.50), Pork Fillet – wrapped in bacon, potatoes, fine beans and mustard sauce (€17.50) and a chicken burger, chargrilled chicken breast (€13.50) completed our main course order.
Blue Bar’s chicken wings are perfection, just the right amount of sauce and flavour, not too spicy yet spicy enough with a blue cheese dip. They are messy but so good and regularly top ‘best chicken wings in dublin’ lists like this one on Lovin Dublin. The other main courses were enjoyed by all, but didn’t quite reach the dizzy heights of deliciousness of the seafood and chicken wings.
As it was a warm evening, we were lucky to have a table on the patio, a great spot to watch the world, enjoying good food, wine and company. The tables outside are tile topped with beatiful patterns, making for very instragramable pictures! and to drink, a bottle of Chilean chardonnay (€25.80) and a couple of Peroni’s (€5.90 pt) for the adults.
Our total bill for 5 people came to €145.85 (not including service). Blue Bar is busy, casual, laid-back with great food, reasonably priced, good service and a wonderful harbour side location.
Of course one of the best things about this location is dessert…not wherever you eat dinner, in Blue or elsewhere in Skerries. Save room and treat yourself to an ice-cream from Storm in a Teacup. There will be a queue but it’s worth every minute of queuing. And you can stroll along the harbour enjoying it!
Blue Bar | 25 Harbour Road, Skerries, Co. Dublin | +353 1 849 0900 | firstname.lastname@example.org