First Draft Coffee on Lennox Street has officially become 'First Draft Coffee and Wine', with the launch of a new wine bar in the evenings. Open from Thursday to Saturday, they're serving wines by the glass and bottle, along with small plates of some very nice looking food.
Wines are being poured from 16:00 - 22:00, with the wine list having a definite slant towards the small/natural/interesting, but they say they're just serving things that "taste nice" with "minimal intervention". We like. All of the wines are available to take away, and you can pay corkage of €10 to drink in, which trust us, is a good deal.
First Draft was first opened in 2016 in its former Temple Bar location above Filmbase, before moving to Lennox Street in April of this year. The man behind the coffee shop turned wine bar is Ger O'Donohue, formerly training manager at The Fumbally, and publisher of the Dublin City Coffee Map, a collaboration with Ruan van Vliet and Dublin Drinks Coffee.
During the day, First Draft serves coffee by Roasted Brown (which is roasted in Delgany), with food by The Pie Man and Camerino Bakery. The food menu in the evening is of the small but perfectly formed variety, and designed to pair with the wines on the bar. There’s an Irish farmhouse cheese board, with the option to include Irish charcuterie, and bread from Gaillot et Gray, and small plates include mackerel pate and sardines on toast.
We don't know about the rest of you but we are very excited to see what's been happening with wine in Dublin over the past few months. First Loose Canon, then Bar Giuseppe, then this, and now we're hearing that Grantham's and Lilliput Stores are about to extend into wine nights too. Say goodbye to crap wine people, the revolution is coming.