Grapevine ~ Dalkey

Wine shops cum wine bars seem to be increasingly popular, from Green Man Wines in Terenure, Blackrock Cellar in Blackrock, 64 Wine in Glasthule to name a few but the one we love the most is Grapevine in Dalkey. Wine shop wine bar … @grapevine_dalkey the best one there is! Last night we enjoyed a…

Urchin – New Bar at The Cliff Townhouse

The Cliff Townhouse have opened a new bar in their basement space on Stephen’s Green. We dropped by at the weekend for a pre-dinner drink. Urchin is bright and light (despite being the basement), contemporary in design with an exposed stone wall along one side. There’s a couple of really cute window tables with stools,…

Toronto Part 3: Brunch at ViaVai (& a little shopping!)

Our first full day in Toronto and we fancied a nice brunchy kind of lunch so with a bit of pre-holiday research I had booked us into Via Vai for their weekend brunch. A brand new restaurant, soaring glass, artwork and a great menu. Previously an art gallery, Via Vai is now a wonderful pizzeria restaurant and wine bar with…

Green Man Wines, Terenure, Dublin 6

I love to try new places, and there are lots popping up here and there in Dublin these days. New places are even better when they are as good as Green Man Wines in Terenure. This is my kind of place… great wines, charcuterie, cheeses, olives, breads…with all the focus on the wine, it is…

Etto, Merrion Row

Etto has been on my list of places to go for so long and I just had never quite made it there. Etto has been open a year and was just recently awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand. I took my Mom along to a wine tasting in the Merrion Hotel earlier in the evening. After this…

A Snapshot of July on Gin & Griddle – Top 5!

In no particular order… 1. The return of The Friday Gin Review with 2 new Gin reviews… Williams Chase & South… lots more to come in the coming weeks including Sipsmiths, Tanqueray Rangpur, Bombay Sapphire East … 2. The Shellfish Platter at Super Miss Sue… a thing of beauty and a bargainous €45 on Monday /…

The Exchequer Wine Bar, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

  There’s so much choice for places to eat and drink in Ranelagh, to suit whatever your whims desire. Up to a couple of years ago, we lived in walking distance (dangerous) but now that we are a little further away we don’t find ourselves there as much as we would like. We didn’t book…