24 great wine bars and wine restaurants in Ireland 2024

The hidden gems and the must-visits, the classic spots and the newcomers – here is the guide to the best wine bars and restaurants in Ireland, selected by Star Wine List's ambassador Morgan VanderKamer. (Plus one in Northern Ireland!)

  1. Phone: +353 (091) 565 813

    Address: 56 Dominick Street Lower, Galway

    Sustainable Wine List of the Year Ireland, presented by Familia Torres 2023

    Darog (’small oak tree’ in Irish) is one of the newest wine bars to open in Ireland and is a venture from Sommelier Zsolt Lukas & his wife Edel featuring artisan wines from organic & biodynamic producers. Natural wines feature on the list too. Locally sourced food is also available; small plates, cheese and more. Wines are available retail too. No doubt more to come as Darog finds its roots. An excellent addition to Galway City.

  2. Phone: +353 (91) 374 154

    Address: Druid Lane, Galway

    Ean Wine Bar is the sister establishment to the one-Michelin star Loam, also in Galway. Ean is a bakery by day and a wine bar by night. The wine list features gems from Austria, Spain, Portugal, and other pockets of Europe from producers who focus on organic and bio-dynamics. The wine list reflects the food ethos with everything from charcuterie to monkfish in a laid-back atmosphere. When visiting Galway, Ean is definitely worth a stop.

  3. Phone: +353 (028) 48248

    Address: Customs House, Baltimore

    Sustainable Wine List of the Year Ireland, presented by Familia Torres 2023

    Dede is very much a destination restaurant, and rightfully so. It's tucked away in the far reaches of West Cork, with two Michelin stars and an equally fabulous wine list. The menu is Turkish-inspired, prepared by highly skilled and talented chef Ahmet Dede and team. The wine list is curated to a high level and if you don’t want to choose a gem from the extensive wine list, the tasting wines have been precisely chosen by Jacques. An excellent selection of Champagne, traditional classics with wines off the beaten track. It is wonderful when a restaurant that has a tremendous food offering pa...

  4. Phone: +353 (021) 239 0219

    Address: 1 Union Quay, Centre, Cork

    Sustainable Wine List of the Year Ireland, presented by Familia Torres 2023

    L’Atitude 51 is one of Ireland’s best-known and long-established wine bars. The wine list has more than 400 listings and is heavily focused on natural & organic/bio-dynamic producers. The setting is laid-back and welcoming, you can drop in for a glass of wine, or stay the evening with a few bottles. Grabbing a few small plates from their locally sourced menu and some wine for takeaway is also an option. L’Atitude is part wine bar, part wine shop and also offers a broad range of funky wine events. The wines by the glass list is extensive and their wine list is brilliantly laid out.

  5. Phone: +353 (021) 450 1190

    Address: Nell's Wine Bar, 39 MacCurtain Street, Victorian Quarter, Cork

    Nell’s is a boutique wine bar located on the bustling MacCurtain Street in Cork city. Nell’s focuses on ‘Old World’ wines from organic, bio-dynamic & natural wine producers. They have a small, seasonal menu with Cork produce which is constantly evolving, ensuring a new experience every time you visit. Nell’s has 30+ wines by the glass and is perfectly positioned to wine bar hop in this very happening area of Cork City.

  6. Phone: +353 (21) 477 4101

    Address: 66 Lower O'Connell Street, Kinsale

    The rustic back terrace of The Black Pig is like a miniature enchanted water garden. Before you know it, you are sipping Champagne, eating oysters, prawns with garlic butter, and fresh sourdough and moving swiftly on to Jean Folliard Côte du Py. The Black Pig is all things welcoming, eclectic and knowledgeable. You’ll always find something special on their list or back for an old favourite. A jewel in Kinsale’s crown.

  7. Phone: +353 (21) 455 1533

    Address: 11 MacCurtain Street, Victorian Quarter, Cork

    MacCurtain Wine cellar is the addition Cork City wine lovers needed. Sean and Trudy have joined a bustling street of establishments bringing a great vibe to the Cork hospitality scene. MWC doesn’t have a kitchen, but they are still serving up great plates from Burrata to Braesola. They are new on the scene in Cork but have a resume that will take them from strength to strength. Don’t miss out on a stool in the window to watch Cork City's happenings with a great glass of wine.

  8. Phone: +353 (51) 574 519

    Address: 11 The Mall, Waterford, Co Waterford

    By the Glass List of the Year Ireland 2023

    UNioN Wine, Bar & Restaurant is a new addition to the restaurant scene in Waterford city. The wine list is broad, from Grower Champagne to Sherry, skin contact wines, and Vin Jaune by the glass, through to the classics of Burgundy and old vintages of Rioja and wine on tap. The wine list is destined to be in constant evolution, and the menu will change with the seasons. Union will also have a wine club called “Somm on the Mall”, with a focus on wine education. (Editor's note: Star Wine List's ambassador Morgan VanderKamer also is a co-owner of UNioN.)

  9. Phone: +353 (051) 338 270

    Address: Turkey Road, Tramore East, Tramore

    The Beachhouse is an oasis of wonderful food and an excellent wine list tucked away in the seaside town of Tramore. The wine list is Burgundy strong with flickers of Austria, Germany & Spain and Jura. Their menu is concise but superb with a vegetable garden visible from the tiny dining room. The room is pristinely white and calm; when you step into the Beach House there is nothing to think other than what you will drink & eat. Open Lunch only.

  10. Phone: +353 (53) 912 2975

    Address: 2 Lower george's Street, Wexford

    Green Acres has a renowned cellar. Located in Wexford, Green Acres has a restaurant serving robust dishes alongside its extensive wine list; From En Primeur to Champagne, an extensive collection of large format bottles, and more. Green Acres is well established in Wexford and Ireland and specialises in all areas of the wine industry, from tastings to wine cellar valuation.

  11. Phone: +353 (01) 802 9486

    Address: 7 Church Street, Townparks, Skerries

    Sustainable Wine List of the Year Ireland, presented by Familia Torres 2023

    Potager is the gem of Skerries, with a dinner and Sunday lunch menu on offer where you can explore the success Maire McHugh has had with her wine list. Few places have six sparkling wines by the glass and also feature wine produced here on the island of Ireland and Gravner. Local and sparkling aside, there is a precise, however broad range of enticing wine offerings from Baga to Assyrtiko. It is a wine list with no shortages of thrilling wines to drink.

  12. Phone: +353 (01) 278 8516

    Address: 22 Newtown Park, Newtownpark, Blackrock

    Volpe Nera, located in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, offers a food menu and wine list that will keep you coming back for more. The range is broad, and there are knowledgeable people to guide you with their passion for wine. Dishes are inventive and flavoursome and lend themselves to the likes of Kumeu River, Lopez de Heredia, and, if you are lucky, Domaine Huet. Blackrock is a must outside of the city centre, and Volpe Nera is a great place to start.

  13. Address: 29 Drury Street, Dublin

    Want to people-watch while sipping something orange, natural or off the beaten track? Then the window seat at Loose Canon is the perfect match. You can snack on a delicious toastie, which Loose Canon is known for, or a cheeseboard. To finish, you can buy a bottle to go. Loose Canon is the perfect stop while taking a city centre stroll.

  14. Phone: +353 (01) 567 0577

    Address: Unit 3, College Court, Kevin Street Lower, Dublin

    Newcomer List of the Year Ireland 2023

    Bar Pez is a very recent addition to the Irish wine bar family and is very much “a bar focused on wine and food”. Seafood is the focus and to match there is a daily- changing wines by the glass, with Sherry, skin-contact and Grower Champagnes on offer with Coravin. There is a wealth of Burgundy on the list which is cleverly organised by “Oceans | Rivers | Mountains | Hills & Plains.” If you go once, you’ll definitely go a second time. Sibling venue to Fish Shop and The Beach House.

  15. Phone: +353 (01) 559 4234

    Address: 3 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin 6W

    David Gallagher created Green Man wines and has had continued success over the years, bringing great wines to the residents of Terenure and the Dublin trade. Dave has a solid team in place and has a broad wine business at Green Man. Starting with the retail shop through to a wine club, numerous events each year, and a walk-ins-only wine bar from Thursday to Saturday. When you walk into Green Man, you are in good hands and there is never a shortage of fine wines, quirky wines, and boundless knowledge.

  16. Phone: +353 (01) 670 4911

    Address: 28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2

    Austrian Wine List of the Year Ireland, presented by Austrian Wine 2023

    Monty’s of Kathmandu in Dublin has a wow factor wine list. It is Champagne hefty, and you can have a Krug experience if you want to splash out. There is a Santa Rita-sponsored private room where you can experience a bit of everything, from flights to the underground caves of the best Champagne has to offer. It doesn’t stop there; you can get from Alsace to China and many vineyards in between. All these wines can be paired with ‘Nepal’, Nepalese tapas.

  17. Phone: +353-(0)1-548-6255

    Address: Drury Street, Dublin 2

    A buzzy wine bar in the city centre, located in a small space outside of one of Dublin's busiest parking establishments! Loud music sets the tone, and the wine list offers glasses from Beaujolais to California. Wine on tap is a focus here and you can find Matthiasson Sauvignon Blanc from Napa to organic Trepat & Xarel-lo Vermel. A small but hip place that you'll miss if you blink and, without a doubt, an energetic space where you can enjoy dishes from bone marrow to tuna tartare. (Editor's note: Star Wine List's ambassador Morgan VanderKamer consulted on the list for Amy Austin.)

  18. Phone: +353 (01) 660 2480

    Address: 8 Sussex Terrace, Sussex Rd, Dublin 4

    Forest Avenue draws you in from its name alone. John and Sandy’s restaurant was an immediate icon in Dublin and has always had a focused wine list to pair with its contemporary menu. From Austria to Spain you’ll find a special glass or bottle. In its original identity, Forest Avenue was an open-plan restaurant with full views of the kitchen. In pandemic times, they evolved and became a grocer with a broad range of wines, including their own label. Since restaurant life has returned, Forest Avenue has evolved into a wine bar. The atmosphere, food and wine list reflect the talented team leadin...

  19. Phone: +353 (01) 475 8538

    Address: 6 Aungier Street, Dublin

    Best Medium-sized List of the Year Ireland, presented by Chateau Tour des Termes 2023

    Etto is the sister restaurant and led the way for Uno Mas on Aungier Street in Dublin. Uno Mas is a must-try when in the city. Spain is the focus of both the menu and the wine list at Uno Mas. From Fino Sherry, Raventos Cava and Vermouth by the glass all the way through to some of Spain’s finest bottles. Uno Mas delivers on atmosphere, food and service. The wine is the icing on the cake, and the overall experience is always memorable.

  20. Phone: +353 (01) 244 7344

    Address: 26 Fenian Street, Dublin

    Best Short List of the Year Ireland 2023

    Note was a welcome establishment to the natural wine scene in Dublin in 2022. An unassuming exterior leads you into a bustling wine bar, simply decorated with an engaging wine list, starting with Bugey Cerdon by the glass through to skin contact Palomino and more. There are a few bar seats where you can watch the action happen, but you just want to get a seat and have a bite to eat and start exploring the range of small producers and wines with a lot of heart.

  21. Phone: +353 (01) 676 8986

    Address: 22 Ely Place, Dublin 2

    Austrian Wine List of the Year Ireland, presented by Austrian Wine 2023

    Ely Wine Bar is the original wine bar in Ireland. Established in 1999, Ely offers an extensive range of wines from across the globe. The wine program is led by Ian Brosnan, who delivers a wine list that accommodates no matter what you might seek for your wine glass. You’ll find iconic wines from Henschke to ArPePe and everything in between. Located in the heart of Dublin and thriving, Ely is a must for wine drinkers, but you’ll also find clever cocktails and Whiskeys on the menu.

  22. Phone: +353 (01) 707 9786

    Address: Piglet Wine Bar, 5 Cow's Lane, Dublin

    Best Medium-sized List of the Year Ireland, presented by Chateau Tour des Termes 2023

    Piglet Wine Bar, located in Temple Bar, has a broad range of wines with a particular focus on Italy and European wines. Start with a glass of Pineau des Charentes or a glass of German Riesling while you browse the extensive list of Italian gems, some with a solid few years of bottle age or large format Le Pergole Torte. Thibault is always forthcoming with a recommendation or a surprise of something worth trying. You can enjoy small plates or have your dinner while sitting outside on their terrace.

  23. Phone: + 353 (01) 557 1473

    Address: 76 Benburb Street, Dublin

    Best Short List of the Year Ireland 2023

    Fish Shop is tucked away on Benburb Street on the North Side city centre of Dublin. A small space with a bustling atmosphere, Fish Shop has a concise wine list with a glass of something for everyone. Ranging from Sherry to California Pinot and a growing interest in skin contact wines, there’s your perfect match to cockles and fish and chips.

  24. Phone: +44 28 9023 2567

    Address: 3 Oxford Street, Belfast

    OX in Belfast is a gem. When you enter the dining room, you are met with a menu and pairing that will transcend your experience. From Savennières to Emilio Hidalgo Sherry, you will, from start to finish, be left wanting more. The menu is as intriguing as the wine and the service is superb. You will find yourself next door at Cave by Ox having shavings of cheese and Port to finish. No matter where you are in Ireland, you'll want to go to OX; it's miles ahead, all around.