The Rag Trader
It’s one of the most fashionable addresses in Dublin today, but over a century ago Drury St in Dublin’s Creative Quarters was actually the home of Ireland’s textile industry. The evidence of this still exists with old storehouses all around the district. But it was not until the endeavours of the Odeon Group that direct homage was paid to this aspect of the city’s history. At the back of the Dakota Cocktail bar one can find The Rag Trader. After opening its doors in August 2016, the Rag Trader has already been nominated as Whiskey Bar of the Year in the Sky Bar Awards, no easy fete.
With beautiful flower arrangements framing the entrance and the words ‘Stout and Whiskey’ displayed front and centre, curiosity will get the better of anyone. Despite only being a recent edition to Dublin’s pub scene, one would be forgiven for thinking this venue is as old as the street it sits upon.
Observe the name of the bar written in a brass mosaic style on the ground as you enter, a nod to the old Victorian shop and pub frontages, many of which can still be seen dotted around the city. The interior has all been reclaimed and acquired from auctions and gutted buildings, including the wooden floorboards. The dark, cosy, intimate atmosphere is generated through all the rag-trading paraphernalia. Drawers, cabinets, and cupboards can be found in every corner of the bar.
Food & Drink
Next, step up to the bar and panic at the amount of Irish beer and whiskey on offer. The Rag Trader’s mission is to serve the best Irish beer and whiskey being produced in the country today. Draught versions of Ireland’s best craft beer can be found, discover some Franciscan Well, O’Haras, or 5 Lamps.
Over 100 Irish whiskies are also on offer reflecting the current spike in the production of Irish whiskey. If you find yourself in a quandary over which whiskey to try first, tasting trays are on offer at various prices. The Rag Trader also offers 1-2 hour whiskey tasting sessions for groups over 4 people where you will try the varying styles produced all in the company of your very own whiskey expert. The other side of the bar features a modest collection of Scotch, Bourbon and Japanese whiskey.
After trying a few whiskies and beers we recommend tucking into a few bar bites. Irish produce takes centre stage in the Rag Trader, particularly seafood. Why not try some Clogerhead crab claws or some seafood chowder? We love pairing seafood with smoky peated whiskies, typically associated with Scotch but we recommend a Connemara whiskey, of which the Rag Trader has plenty and at varying ages. Some crisp Irish lagers or Red Ales will also do the trick.
Finish with an Irish Coffee; The Rag Trader offers one of the best in the city. Made with Teeling Small Batch whiskey and Porter Syrup instead of brown sugar, the rich flavours of cinnamon, aniseed, and porter dominate the flavour profile of this Irish Coffee. Drop in on a Tuesday or Thursday evening to enjoy some live traditional music as well, sure what more do you need?