After one of the most start-stop summers in recent memory with an unusually rainy June and what's felt like constant cloud, we're in for our second heat wave in quick succession this week - that sound you can hear is everyone in Dublin looking for somewhere to enjoy it at the same time. We've got the lowdown for you on the best terraces, balconies, and beer gardens all around the city for al fresco eating, while we eek out the last few weeks of summer...
Library Street, Setanta Place
"Everything is made to be shared" says the sign over Library Street's door, and that goes for the sunshine too. They've set up a scattering of outdoor tables for wine and small plates that's sure to be a very hot seat of a summer evening. Book online.
Frank's, Camden Street
It's walk-ins only at Frank's, so be prepared to wait a while for one of these premium spaces, but when that wait is with a glass of natural wine in hand who's gonna complain? The kitchen is only open Wednesday to Saturday, but there's cheese and charcuterie on Sundays too.
Eivissa-Ibiza @ Mercado 52, South William Street
The tapas and pintxos arm of South William Street all-rounder Mercado 52, Eivissa-Ibiza serves up summer cocktails and a 5 for €25 early bird tapas menu in its partly-open laneway space. Book online here, but walk-ins are welcome too.
Winedown, Leeson Street
Davy Byrne's, Duke Street
The Ulysses destination pub's linen-laid tables on the terrace are always in hot demand from Grafton Street shoppers when the sun is shining. Book online here to beat the crowd and get your fill of gorgonzola sandwiches and glasses of Burgundy.