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The Best Pubs To Drink Whiskey In Dublin

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Updated: 3 November 2016
After some troubling times, the resurgence in popularity of Irish whiskey since the 1990s has led to the re-opening of Dublin city distilleries, like Teeling – which had closed in 1976 – and the establishment of several new whiskey bars throughout the city. These, combined with the traditional Irish pubs that have been serving the finest uisce beatha – Gaelic for ‘water of life’ – for generations, provide a wealth of options for tasting the favoured native spirit.
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L. Mulligan Grocer – Stoneybatter

Stoneybatter’s L. Mulligan Grocer like people to get the best out of their whiskey. They carefully pair the desserts on their delicious food menu with a well-matched spirit – sweets like chocolate and mint shortcake are teamed with whiskeys like Auchentoshan Three Wood scotch for a thoroughly complementary experience. Mulligan’s offer an extensive whiskey menu that changes with the season, with over 200 Irish and international brands. Run by Colin and Seáneen and their business partner, they hold regular tastings,even teaching a drinks pairing workshop at this year’s Electric Picnic festival.

L. Mulligan Grocer, 18 Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, Ireland, +353 1 670 9889

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The Bison Bar & BBQ

The Bison Bar & BBQ only opened in 2013, but has already established itself as a go-to spot for whiskey. Their menu has more than 140 different types, including bourbon, pot still, single malts and blends from Ireland, Scotland, North America and Japan. Part of the Clarence Hotel owned by U2 lead singer Bono and guitarist The Edge, this Temple Bar adjacent spot also serves a crowd-pleasing 14-hour slow-roast Texas-style barbecue.

Bison Bar, 11 Wellington Quay, Dublin Southside, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 86 056 3144

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The Palace Bar

Known for their quality pint of Guinness, The Palace Bar on Fleet Street is also one of the city’s best pubs to enjoy whiskey. A Victorian pub established in 1832, like many other Dublin pubs of that era it doubled as a whiskey bonders, distilling in casks in the underground cellar. Recently they have resumed the tradition, producing their own brand single malts. The Whiskey Palace at the Palace Bar stocks 18-year-old Kilbeggan, Redbreast 12-year-old pure pot still, 16 year-old Bushmills and 12-year-old Tullamore Dew, plus many others.

The Palace Bar, 21 Fleet St, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 671 7388

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The Dingle Whiskey Bar

A part of the Porterhouse Brewing Group, The Dingle Whiskey Bar is named for the Dingle Distillery in Kerry, owned by the same people. Its interior is designed with reclaimed whiskey barrel oakwood, adding a touch of authenticity to the entire experience. Still waiting patiently for the batch in their own distillery’s whiskey casks to mature, this Nassau Street bar won the trophy for Leinster Whiskey Bar of the Year at the 2015 Irish Whiskey Awards – the 2016 event is coming up in October – for its broad menu of Irish pot stills and Scottish malts as well as Japanese and Indian whiskeys.

The Dingle Whiskey Bar, 44 Nassau St, Dublin Southside, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 677 4180

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57 The Headline

This well-stocked bar south of the city centre has cleverly created its own unique tasting trays, with tempting combinations of some of their best whiskeys. The Teeling tray consists of samples of the Dublin distillery’s small batch, single grain and single malt blends for just €11. The most expensive tray comprises all 21-year-old varieties, including Redbreast pure pot still, Bushmills single malt and Teeling silver reserve single malt. Their substantial whiskey menu also includes names like Dingle Gold, Powers and Blackbush.

57 The Headline, 57 Clanbrassil Street Lower, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland, +353 1 532 0279

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Old Jameson Distillery

If you want to go straight to the source, try the Old Jameson Distillery in Smithfield. The site of the former Jameson Distillery – in operation from 1780 until 1971 – is now a bona fide tourist attraction, bringing in hundreds of thousands of visitors every year to taste the best-selling of all the Irish whiskeys and see where it used to be made. Offering tutored tastings and guided tours of the old facilities, they describe themselves as ‘the greatest living whiskey experience.’

Old Jameson Distillery, Bow St, Smithfield Village, Dublin 7, Ireland, +353 1 807 2355

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