Natural wine lovers of Dublin rejoice, the city finally has a dedicated natural wine bar and shop, which also sells cheese and meat. Set up by the guys behind Meet Me In The Morning, Brian O’Caoimh and Kevin Powell, Loose Canon Cheese and Wine is a passion project that's long been in the works, and finally came to light with the securing of a prime location in George's Steet Arcade that faces onto Drury Street.
Loose Canon will have around 50 rotating wines on the shelf and six available by the glass at any one time (although for the moment they won't be pouring until 17:30), and you'll also be able to open anything off the shelf for a small corkage fee (which should be in the region of €10). They're also serving cheese and charcuterie boards if you want something to eat alongside your glass of cloudy prosecco or chilled red.
Cheeses are predominantly Irish and always seasonal, and meats have been sourced from Gubbeen, The Wooded Pig and Broughgammon Farm. There are no seats for the time being, but you can perch at a counter and feel very European while you watch people watch out onto Drury Street.
Loose Canon Cheese and Wine will open seven days a week from 10:30am until 10pm, Wednesday to Monday. Tuesdays they'll close early so that they have a night off. One of the biggest draws about this place is going to be for the trade who are always looking for somewhere to go on Sunday and Monday nights when they're off, so expect it to be heaving with restaurant and bar staff then, but we're expecting it to be heaving most nights.
If you've ever wanted to know more about what exactly natural wine is and why it has such a cult following around the world, you're likely to get it after a night in here.
Loose Canon Cheese and Wine
29 Drury Street
Wed - Mon 10:30 - 22:00. Tues 10:30 - TBC.