Feeling classy this weekend? Ten of the best spots for wine & cheese in Dublin
Wine and cheese, they just taste better together and happily there are plenty of places in Dublin doing a stellar job of bringing these tasty two together. I’m always looking for well-sourced cheese and a thoughtful drinks list and so I’ve cobbled together a few choices that hit the mark with thoroughly drinkable wines and very scoffable cheese…
Loose Canon Cheese & Wine, 29 Drury St, Dublin 2
Housed in the historic Georges Street arcade the shop’s simple, chic design nods to the produce line up. Thoughtfully curated natural wines are displayed along the wall like pieces of art. There’s a fridge laden with all manner interesting Irish cheese including the notoriously hard to find Young Buck. The other fridge holds piled up Irish charcuterie from Gubbeen, The Wooded Pig and more. By day, shop for cheese and wine or try their mouth watering toasties, in the evenings you can settle in for a glass of wine and cheese and meat boards.
Ely Bar and Grill, IFSC, Dublin 1, Ely Wine Bar, 22 Ely Place, Dublin 2
Ely wine bars are some of the best places to drink wine in the city and they put just as much effort into their brilliant seasonal food menus which of course means wonderful cheese. Find the provenance details chalked on a blackboard and expect to find gems like Boyne Valley blue, Milleens and some well chosen French options. Paired with homemade crackers and chutney and of course exceptional wines. Wines are listed by grape variety rather than region to make it more approachable but the simple way to get what you’re looking for is to have a chat, these guys know what they are doing.
Walshes Stoneybatter, Dublin 7
This old school cosy pub has become well known for its Cheesy Chewsday’s, when the pub offers up cheese boards for the punters from the well stocked neighbour Lilliput Stores. This is a communal affair , accidentally started by pub regular Catherine Keogh who once brought some cheese in on a Tuesday. Now Catherine puts together a selection of cheese and crackers with everyone welcome to join in and even bring along a wedge themselves. Wines are more pub like than some other places but the cheese and the chat are the real stars here.
Green Man Wines, 3 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6
This wonderful neighbourhood wine shop transforms into a splendid bar with food Wednesday to Saturday evenings. They specialise in wine from artisan growers with lots of organic, biodynamic and natural options. You won’t find your run of mill bottles here, so allow the knowledgeable team to coax you out of your comfort zone and try something new. A concise food menu offers a selection of boards, one of which is of course cheese. Sourced as well as the wine they have a rotating selection of great choices like Killeen goats cheese, Durrus and Cashel Blue.
Piglet Wine Bar, 5 Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
This tiny, sometimes chaotic, Italian wine bar, oozes charm and has one of the finest and fun wine lists in the city which they themselves call ‘a carefully selected mess’. It simply means the more fashionable natural, biodynamic and organic wines cohabit with the the better know European appellations so this is a great place to ease yourself into trying new things. They have a small changing menu but always have great board and sharing options including ‘The Board’ a mix of meats and cheese served with Le Levain bread, olives and pickles.
Fallon & Byrne Wine Cellar, 11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2
Beneath the bustle of the charming Fallon & Byrne food hall, lies a wine and cheese lovers dream. Their dark wood cellar houses around 600 wines on the packed shelves, many of which you can try by the glass or purchase to drink in house. Take your time browsing or ask for a recommendation and then grab a stool by the wooden barrels or cosy up on a communal table. Their cheese board is made up from a selection of the well curated cheese counter in store and served with quince paste, grapes and fresh baked baguette.
If weather permits head to the slick rooftop bar offering the best views in the city or nab a seat in the cosy hotel bar. There’s a concise but interesting wine list with a nice selection by the glass and you can go deeper with the bottle menu. They offer an excellent sharing board with tasty charcuterie and cashel blue with truffle honey and some Irish cheeses like St. Tola ash and mature Coolattin may make an appearance along with Dittys oatcakes. But the big cheese here is there baked Cooleeney camembert, served hot and gooey with roasted figs, sourdough baguette & clementine mustard.
64 Wine, 64 Glasthule Road, Glasthule, Co Dublin
A bustling local wine shop with an exceptional offering – their wine list covers hundreds of wines from around the world. But don’t let that scare you, the team here have remarkable knowledge of what they are stocking and are keen to chat and help you choose something you will love. Their buzzy cafe serves food all day with a selection of boards to choose from featuring plenty of cheese. There’s a Spanish board with Manchego, Italian with mozzarella and an all Irish option.
Voici, 1A Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6
Unabashedly French in appearance the staff are clad in Breton stripes and crêpes are cooked in a repurposed Citroën. Up the wooden staircase is a more sedate, candle lit affair perfect for an easy going rendez-vous and an ideal spot for sharing a Sheridans cheese board served with quince and Bretzel baguette d’espard and a bottle of red. Cheese lovers can also indulge in their authentic galettes crafted with black sarrasin flour from Brittany served with an Irish twists – The Allez Les Bleus is stuffed with pear, Cashel blue and walnuts & drizzled with honey or try Le Traditionnel with Irish ham, cheddar and Ballymaloe relish.
Probus Wines, 26 Fenian Street, Dublin 2
Behind a modest shop front on a quiet Fenian Street you’ll find this under the radar off licence with a difference, boasting a brilliant wine selection to drink in or take out. Chat to the knowledgeable staff about wines with most available by the glass or bottle. In the evenings you can sit in and order from a delightful antipasti menu which includes a charcuterie and cheese platters. Expect to find Irish favourites with some European options mixed in.
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