When you think of Dublin you think more of rowdy pubs spilling their beer-swilling customers onto the cobbles than you do secret drinking dens. However, The Blind Pig is a speakeasy tucked away underneath an Italian restaurant in central Dublin and is a far cry from the bursting-at-the-seams pubs found in Temple Bar.
The Blind Pig is named after the police that would turn a blind eye to the illegal bars during the prohibition era and is an underground cocktail bar, accessible through a bookcase, that is reminiscent of the 1920’s hideouts (or so I imagine). It’s a crowded, dimly lit basement with loud jazz music serving an excellent array of cocktails. As it’s such a small place it is table service and it’s probably a good idea to book ahead to save disappointment. Once seated you will be directed to the Cocktail Bible on your table which contains a list of the most popular cocktails as well as a specials menu for that month. I can personally recommend Easy Street for any gin lovers out there.
It’s a fantastic little bar that, despite the secrecy, is very welcoming and makes you feel like part of the club – it’s also perhaps the closest you’ll ever get to a 20’s speakeasy.
Photo Credits: Emily Wilson