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.
Big Fan, Aungier Street
Big Fan's outdoor dining area on Aungier Street has stayed popular all year with the heated patio still in high demand throughout the winter, but there's no doubt it's at its best right now. Get in for a feast of bao, jiaozi and lots of other outrageously delicious plates of food. Book here.
Full Moon Thai, Parliament Street
The popular Temple Bar Thai spot has made use of some reclaimed street space on Parliament Street for a limited number of outdoor tables, and with the ongoing pedestrianisation trials at weekends you've a better chance than ever of snagging one. Book here.
The Seafood Café, Temple Bar
Lobster rolls are back on the menu at Niall Sabongi's Temple Bar institution, and the little sheltered seating area outside is the ideal place to tuck in while watching the world go by. If that wasn't excuse enough, oyster happy hour is from 16:00 - 17:00 daily, with naked oysters €2 and dressed or torched €3. Book here.
As One, City Quay
Hang Dai, Camden Street
The covered, heated terrace of Hang Dai's rooftop 'Gold Bar' offers a great atmospheric view out over the Camden Street action as well as a buzzy area to enjoy some of their unique cocktails and tasty Chinese dishes. Book online here, and if you're out of luck, there's also a limited amount of ground-floor outside seating available for walk-ins only.
Osteria Lucio, Grand Canal Quay
With a small number of high-stool and barrel setups, as well as some covered low tables, Osteria Lucio is one worth booking ahead for. Chef Ross Lewis has taken the lead in the kitchen here since handing over the Chapter One reins to Mickael Viljanen, and the result is well worth savouring in the sunshine. Book online.
Chez Max, Palace Street
Palace Street feels distinctly classier with the Parisian chic vibes Chez Max brings in summer. They've turned the area into a little courtyard terrase and it's a lovely spot to sit back and forget you're in Dublin. Plus you can't beat the new salade océane of prawn, salmon and avocado for summer-friendly fare. Book here.
Urban Brewing, Custom House Quay
Urban Brewing offers an ideal summer setup with tonnes of outdoor seating outside the CHQ building. The menu in the Hop Garden Terrace is built around tapas and larger plates (raciones), and the sun trap bar will be taking walk-ins for drinks and/or snacks. Book here.
B Skewers, Bolton Street
We fell hard for the Brazilian BBQ feasts they cook up at B Skewers (read the once over here) and we're confident you will too. Outdoor seating is limited but you shouldn't be waiting too long if you fancy chancing a walk-in. Bookings are also available online here.
Drury Buildings, Drury Street
The gorgeous garden courtyard in Drury Buildings is serving food and summer cocktails seven days a week, and the balcony tables overlooking the garden will be the ones to nab if you're very, very lucky. Look for a table here.
Las Tapas De Lola, Wexford Street
An outdoor table at Las Tapas de Lola is always a tall order so plan this one as far in advance as you can. Last minute cancellations may also be your friend here - call 014244100 or email email@example.com for enquiries.
777, George's Street
777 went all-out last year converting a car park into their "777 afuera" (meaning 'outside'), complete with a margarita-serving airstream. They run a special sharing menu outside at €38 pp, with tortillas, taquitos and tostadas. You can only book for tables of six plus here, otherwise it's walk in only.
Charlotte Quay, Grand Canal Dock
Charlotte Quay has ample outdoor space overlooking Grand Canal Dock that gets the sun all evening. The lunch and dinner menus have plenty of smaller sharing plates so be sure to bring a crowd, and don't forget about two for one brunch cocktails. Bookings available online.