There has been a recent spate of pub rejuvenation on Dublin’s Northside with old grocer’s L. Mulligan’s paving the way for a new breed of gastro-pub that takes both its food and drink incredibly seriously. Fast-forward two years and this initial venture has expanded to Dorset Street where former old man’s pub W.J. Kavanagh's has been made over into a trendy food and drink emporium.
W. J. Kavanagh's — Photo courtesy of W. J. Kavanagh's
Having opened its doors in March 2012, W.J. Kavanagh's has fast become a bustling hub of activity, and when you see what’s on offer, it becomes clear why. The menu is curated with beautiful, affordable dishes paired with suggested beers and wines to enjoy alongside. Not only is the grub good but W.J. Kavanagh’s has taken to setting up tastings for all those interested of their fare. A recent cask ale tasting saw several speakers talk a huge number of tasters through how to correctly identify the nose of an ale and how to differentiate between a variety. With over 30 people jumping on board to have a crack at an ale tasting, five different ales on offer and the kitchen working double speed to accommodate everyone, it was a lovely touch and one that made regulars doubly sure they would return for a meal. With an upcoming gin tasting under the same conditions to look forward to, it seems that W.J. Kavanagh’s cares about its customers and also about educating them about their product, which is both a nicety and a rarity in this economic climate.
Whiskey Tasting! — Photo courtesy of W. J. Kavanagh's