There’s an obligation in Ireland to constantly chit chat about the weather, while only dreaming of the Spanish sun splitting the rocks. That, and whenever the sun finally emerges, everyone must go outside and do something, anything. When the heat hits, beer gardens heave from 5.01pm onwards, every square inch of the beach is taken up while our pasty, pasty complexions bake in the sun, all of us collectively forgetting about sunscreen and water, instead relying on fizzy alcohol for hydration. This is why we shouldn’t go outside. But anyway, for when you do manage to venture outside, get too hot and don’t know what to do with yourself, here is a list of places to eat and drink to cool yourself down.
Sophie’s rooftop bar is one of the best places to go for a drink on a sunny day, with views across the city. Just remember to hold onto the swing with both hands when you’re taking pictures.
2. Osteria Lucio
Ross Lewis’ Italian restaurant Osteria Lucio looks over the open space of the Grand Canal, meaning you can eat your handmade pasta and pizza in the sun, and walk off your sun stroke afterwards.
3. The Seafood Café
We’re stating the obvious here, but Irish people don’t eat enough seafood. Sitting outside The Seafood Cafe is the place to break that bad habit this summer.
Even though Eatyard's outdoor dining area usually gets mobbed on Friday and Saturday nights, during the day you can hit the sweet spot of breathing space, food and pints. And shade in The Bernard Shaw.
5. Las Tapas de Lola
Speaking of the Spanish sun, what better way to feed that delusion than on the terrace of tapas joint Las Tapas de Lola on Camden street, eating olives and sipping fino.
6. Gaillot et Gray
The hipster family dining staple on Clanbrassil street, a familiar vibe in their back garden and it’s a great summer feed. Pizza is the perfect food in hot and cold weather, and Gaillot et Gray's never disappoints.
7. Octopussy's Seafood Tapas
Start with a walk to the lighthouse in Howth, then go for seafood tapas in Octopussy's once you're at boiling point - be sure to order a few plates, you’ve earned it. Besides, if you’re not eating fish in Howth, you’re doing it wrong.
8. Jam Park
Bodytonic’s new adult creche Jam Park is ticking all the boxes for summer eating and drinking with rooftop bars and free refills on some cocktails. Play in a safe and controlled environment where your family don’t need to worry about you.
9. The Belfry
Stoneybatter is turning into the perfect neighbourhood on a hot day. The Belfry’s outdoor seating and pizza from the Village Pizza offers another staple spot.
10. Loose Canon
Loose Canon is right in the centre of town, making it an easy pitstop for any city trips. Offering charcuterie and cheese, cool wine, the odd controversial toastie and more, all with a romantic summer vibe. Bagsy the bench outside, or just stand on the street with wine in hand, living your best life.
11. The Cake Café
A cool inner-city oasis, with leafy outside area. Invite your friends to The Cake Café and live the high life pretending you can afford a garden while renting in the city.