Cleaver East has been a place I’ve wanted to go for a while now. I’d heard great things especially about the cocktails and bar, more mixed thoughts on the food though. Picking up a voucher from The Taste of 4 cocktails for €20, I headed along to Cleaver East with a friend to try it out!
The bar is in the middle of the room with really comfortable bar stools around it. We happily took our seats and looked through the cocktail menu. It’s quite a short cocktail menu but really good. The restaurant itself was quiet as it was early enough on a Friday evening, though it started to fill up while we were there and any food I saw going by me looked nice.
We decided to start with some bubbles and each ordered ‘The Classic Bellini’ – peach liquer, blended peach and chilled bubbly. We both loved the Bellini, it’s a classic and rightly so, perfect aperitif.
Having watched a few different cocktails being produced behind the bar we wanted to try something different for drink no. 2 – Kelly chose the ‘Passion Fruit Mojito’ – a classic Mojito, infused with fresh passion fruit puree served in a very on trend jar type of glass; refreshing and just the right balance in ingredients. I went off the menu and ordered a Gin Martini, my all time favourite and it was perfect, sharp yet smooth, served with 3 olives.
I really enjoyed the atmosphere in Cleaver East, very easy and laid back yet with a high end feel. The cocktails are normally priced from around €8.50 – €10.95 which made our voucher very good value. The voucher is available til end of April so get thee to The Taste to purchase!
I’ll definitely return to Cleaver East, I was impressed with what I saw on my all to brief visit.
Cleaver East | 6-8 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 | 01 5313500 | firstname.lastname@example.org