When we visited Ireland last month, one of my top priorities was finding a speakeasy to share with all of you.
While Ireland never went through Prohibition like the United States did, the speakeasy aesthetic is gaining popularity, especially in Dublin. I found one spot, in particular, though, that I knew I had to visit.
The only underground speakeasy in Dublin, The Blind Pig, offers an incredible experience for both locals and travelers from around the world. There’s something about a secret bar that makes me feel a little bit Daisy Buchanan and a little bit James Bond, especially when I’m in Europe.
You’ll get the details you need for entry in your email after you book a table. It’s important to note that reservations are required, and you’ll be on a time frame. We did drinks only for 90 minutes.
This spot has live jazz music from local Irish musicians, strong cocktails — I highly recommend their French 75 — and the overall vibe of an authentic American speakeasy.
It’s worth noting that The Blind Pig’s cocktail menu specifically notes to expect their drinks to taste stronger than you might be used to. Sip slowly at first, and give your tastebuds a minute to get used to the libations before you make any snap judgements!
As you can see above, the menu introduction states:
The nature of our mixed drinks is spirit-forward and robustly flavoured. If our drinks feel too strong, it’s because everywhere else has given you half measures.
We tried several different craft drinks and enjoyed all of them.
Much like Indy’s Bootleggers, this spot doesn’t have all the bells and whistles we tend to associate with modern speakeasy-inspired spaces. Instead, it has stone walls, simple decor, and an air of authenticity that’s actually quite hard to find.
There’s nothing overdone about The Blind Pig but that is what makes it perfect.
If you want to visit The Blind Pig, don’t delete the email that arrives after you make your table reservation. It will contain your location clue and entry instructions.
I’ll give you one hint: You have to tickle the chin of a brass pig to open the door.
I’ll never get tired of finding speakeasy-inspired spots around the world to share. Make sure you stay tuned.
Have you ever visited The Blind Pig?
You can also discover The Blind Pig’s sister bar, The Little Pig.