Top 10 Whiskey Based Cocktails – Dublin
The city is alive with cocktail bars! We’ve sampled a fair few in our time and we’ve made a list of our favourite whiskey based cocktails in Dublin.
Old Fashioned – The Blind Pig
One of the best hidden speakeasy bars in Dublin, The Blind Pig offers a range of prohibition era cocktails in a snug environment. With a rotating cocktail menu there’s always something new to try, but an Old Fashioned can always be made at hand. You may choose your own whiskey but we recommend a Teeling Single Malt to accompany the Blind Pig Old Fashioned syrup!
Sophie’s Swizzle – Sophies
Offering a rooftop terrace with beautiful views of the city centre, Sophies’ already has a place in the heart of Dubliners. If that doesn’t entice you, their bespoke cocktail menu certainly will! We recommend trying out a Sophie’s Swizzle. Made with Jameson, Falernum, Coconut Water, Lemon, Sugar and Peychaud’s Bitters, this cocktail is a great one to lounge in the sun with.
Dirty Rag – The Rag Trader
Based in Dublin’s Creative Quarters, The Rag Trader primarily deals with Irish beer & whiskey! Ask politely at the bar for the experimental cocktail known as the Dirty Rag. Essentially an Old Fashioned, barman Keith has replaced the sugar syrup with porter syrup! This twist on a classic is in early stages of development but we think they may be on to a winner.
Frontier Angel – Liquor Rooms
The Liquor Rooms on Dublin’s Quays is a hugely popular venue for parties or for enjoying a cocktail with one or two friends. We recommend trying out a Frontier Angel. Inspired by Nellie Cashman, a famine victim who endeavoured to aid frontiersmen in Americas northwest upon her arrival in the US. Made with Glenlivet Founders Reserve, Connemara 12, Dry Amaro , Spiced Porter Syrup , and Angelica Root Tincture, this rough and ready smoky cocktail is a must for any whiskey fan!
Deserted Manhattan – Farrier & Draper
Centred in Dublin’s premier cocktail district, Farrier & Draper boasts three bars in a beautifully furnished location – perfect for unwinding after a hard day of retail therapy. We love their twist on a Manhattan, the Deserted Manhattan! Made with Bulleit Bourbon, Cherry Heering, Antica Formula, and Black Walnut Bitters, you’ll be queuing up for a second serving within minutes.
Professor Molly – Vintage Cocktail Club
You might walk past the VCC every day and never know it was there! This speakeasy themed bar has certainly carved out a reputation for itself by bringing home numerous awards for its bespoke cocktail menu. We recommend checking out a Professor Molly, made with one of Ireland’s best drams: Redbreast 12, as well as LBV Port, Guinness, VCC Absinthe Tincture, fresh citrus, gomme syrup, Mozart Chocolate Bitters, with grated nutmeg and fresh mint sprig. With that many ingredients you know it’s going to be good.
Lynchberg Lemonade – Darkey Kelly’s
One of our favourite pubs in Dublin, with its electric atmosphere and with hundreds of whiskies on offer, a pop in to this pub is well worth it. When up at the bar be sure to try out their Lynchberg Leomade, made with Jack Daniels, Cointraeu and Lemonade, this refreshing cocktail is a great one to sit back with and take in the unrivalled atmosphere of this great pub.
Tipperary – Stella Cinema
One of the newest cocktail venues in Dublin, the Stella functions foremost as a cinema but the cocktails on offer have already turned a few heads. Pop in for a film but be sure to swing by the bar and grab a Tipperary! Made with Jameson Black Barrel, perhaps one of Jameson’s best efforts, Chartreuse, Sweet Vermouth, this cocktail is the perfect way to warm up for the feature presentation!
In the Navy – Peruke and Periwig
Step back into the late 19th century in Peruke & Periwig on Dublin’s Dawson St. The grand and cosy surroundings are just one reason to pop in, the cocktails on offer is why we keep coming back! We recommend checking out an In the Navy, made with Glendalough Double Barrel Whiskey, Disaronno Amaretto, Salted Caramel, Grapefruit, Lemon, and Peychaud’s Bitters. A wonderfully sweet whiskey based cocktail that we fell in love with immediately.
Drop Dead Twice
Dublin’s first ‘bring your own spirit’ bar! If you love whiskey based cocktails, buy yourself a naggin (200ml) of your favourite whiskey for two hours, or a shoulder (350ml) for three hours. You’re assigned your very own mixologist who whips up an array of cocktails for you to enjoy. A fun and welcoming atmosphere guarantees you’ll enjoy your experience inside!