The most hidden cocktail bar ever?
"I've lived in Dublin for 15 years and I have never seen or heard of The Blind Pig before! It doesn't exist, I promise!" - said the local taxi driver.
Searching for this cocktail bar in Dublin...
On our first short break to Dublin, we were almost swayed to believe the top rated speakeasy we'd scoured the internet to find was all a facade!
Having spent our first night adamant we'd walked past the bar at least twenty times - even though every shop, restaurant or bar was very much closed. We scoured maps, asked locals and even stopped by Molly Malone to see if she knew where this mysterious bar was, but we eventually had to admit defeat and head back to our apartment still clueless!
The next morning we didn't leave the house until we knew how to find this bar! We eventually found out that the bar was hidden inside an Italian restaurant, and entry was by reservation only. Finally! We had our answer and all was revealed in a secret email confirming our reservation. We were lucky to get a late table as they were almost fully booked! The directions were very obscure, the email mentioned asking the waiter about a customer, finding a french mustard sign, knocking on a pigs head and walking through a bookcase!
The Blind Pig was truly living up to its prohibition theme and to our long awaited anticipation, we found the restaurant where the staff were already clearing tables and were soon ushered downstairs into a small quiet space to find the rest of the clues. Eventually, the bookcase opened to reveal a lovely little cove, buzzing with energy and packed with groups and couples alike chatting over cocktails and food.
We were taken to our table, and handed two old books holding a whole bunch of delectable cocktails. We even found a few hidden pages you'd be sure to miss with a quick glance! We all know these awesome speakeasies host a wonder of lovely cocktails, with exotic ingredients and ingenious names and The Blind Pig was no exception. The cocktails we had truly pushed it to our number one spot! Marlie had a cocktail with a slice of chilli but with a candied flavour and I had one that looked simple but was an unusual mix of sour and salted caramel! Truly the best cocktail bar in Dublin, or perhaps, the whole of Ireland!
To this day, we still pine over these cocktails and our experience here, so without a doubt anyone visiting Dublin should book a visit ASAP and if like us one cocktail bar is never enough! The Vintage Cocktail Club is a five minute walk away, hidden behind a blacked out shop with just a doorman standing outside!