Dublin has a new wine bar as of 17:00 this evening, and we're staking a claim that this is the most exciting new opening for Dublin since before the virus we shall not name. The guys behind Note on Fenian Street (a four-minute walk from Pearse Street Station, in the building that previously housed Probus Wines) describe it as a 'Bar, Bistro and Bureau', and the space is unlike anywhere else in the city. Major London/Copenhagen/Parisian wine bar vibes.
It's owned by brothers Essa (previously head chef at 777 and Amy Austin) and Ahmad Fakhry (Creative Designer at AB Projects who are behind spaces like Hen's Teeth and Bastible, and now Note), as well as Andy Collins, who owns upscale lifestyle store and café Indigo and Cloth in Temple Bar. It's managed by Katie Seward (formerly at Neighbourhood Wine, Forest & Marcy and Brawn in London), and from what we've seen of the wine list so far we're planning on being in here a lot.
The team say they want Note to be a fun place to share a bottle with friends, a mix of old favourites and new producers, but most importantly they're going to serve what they love to drink. They'll have 10 wines by the glass that rotate weekly, and nothing's off limits - the more dynamic and interesting the better. Expect a big focus on natural, as well as some big hitters for those with cash to splash.
Note will start with the wine bar opening this evening, the bureau will follow soon - they'll be open during the day for specialty coffee, pastries and some high end retail - and the bistro should be open by the start of December. Until then they'll have bar snacks like olives, charcuterie and cheese. They describe the forthcoming bistro as a "place to eat
delicious, seasonal dishes that take influence from Parisian bistros, Copenhagen wine bars and a collective ambition to offer the best produce in a fresh and unexpected way."
A reservations system will be live shortly via their website, but they're going to keep daily space for walk ins, so consider that minute panic of "where should we go for a glass of wine with no booking" answered. Follow Note on Instagram here.
26 Fenian Street, Dublin 2