The city centre has another place to head for when the sun comes out, as The Shelbourne has opened a new terrace in the middle of the hotel. It's up the stairs on the mezzanine area, and comes complete with umbrellas and heaters, for that unpredictable Irish summer, as well as sharing platters of Irish cheeses and cured meats.
As well as the new terrace, they've also opened another bar next door, 1824, named for the year the hotel first opened. They're describing it as a "top shelf only", with high end spirits, cocktails and whiskeys, and say they wanted to merge the ambience of an Irish pub with that of a sophisticated cocktail bar.
The terrace will open from May - September and can be booked, where 1824 is open all year round and doesn't take reservations, but having two extra drinking dens means that the queue to get into The Shelbourne at Christmas time might just move a bit faster next year.
The Shelbourne Hotel
27 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2