Eat and Drink in Southern Ireland
Southern Ireland also has a variety of ethnic restaurants. Southern Ireland's culinary specialty is modern European cuisine with an Irish twist, and you'll find a strong Mediterranean influence in the cooking of Irish produce in the city's top restaurants. Many bars also serve excellent lunches, often featuring classics such as Irish stew. Southern Ireland has around 1,000 neighborhood watering holes. You’ll find everything from old traditional pubs with live Irish music sessions to funky city cocktail bars to amazing with different levels.
However, the city’s best pubs are those that still have their traditional character, with ornate bars, mirrors, marble and stained glass. And, many of the best ones are hundreds of years old. If you haven’t tasted a Guinness in Ireland, these are the places to try the real thing. And, you can go all in with an Irish whiskey chaser. Most places also offer a selection of Irish craft beers and some have food and live music. Get in early and grab a high stool at the bar for some people-watching or eavesdropping on locals. Or, if the pub has a snug a tiny private section set you up for a cozy evening of conversation while being served drinks through a sneaky direct hatch into the bar.
Chapter One, housed in the cellars of the Southern Ireland Writers Museum, this Michelin-starred gem provides the best food on the north side some say the finest in Southern Ireland courtesy of its chef, Ross Lewis. The charcuterie trolley is famous, but other starters can include such delights as succulent foie gras in Madeira and duck jelly. Main courses include slow-cooked Connemara lamb or mallard in a game cassoulet and a variety of fish dishes. L’Écrivain, Derry and Sallyanne Clarke’s glorious Southside establishment was recently voted Restaurant of the Year by Georgina Campbell’s Ireland award well merited by these fine premises occupying converted Georgian coachhouses. The emphasis here is on combining the finest ingredients with the lightest of culinary touches, and the results can be inspirational notably its meat and fish dishes, served with exquisitely prepared vegetables.
Caviston's is a small but perfectly formed seafood restaurant serving wonderful fishy soups, fresh monkfish or tuna loin. There's an adjoining store, with a fine range of breads, fresh fish and a deli counter. Ely Winebar, this bright and hugely popular wine bar serves not only good-value snacks and lunches, but also exceptional Modern Irish dinners, drawing heavily upon organic sources, including the owners’ livestock farm in Clare. Bewley's, the multi-floored grande dame of Southern Ireland's coffeehouse's, established in 1840, offers the chance to observe Grafton Street life from its windows and does a grand cup of coffee – plus everything from breakfasts to pasta, pizzas, afternoon tea and cakes. There are a thousand pubs to choose from, but there are also restaurants serving food from all over the world. If you're looking for pub suggestions try Kehoes in South Anne Street, which is authentic and quirky, and has a country pub type atmosphere, or the ‘The Long Hall’ on South St George's Street.