Hotspot: South William Street – Dublin

At the request of lots of you lovely Mint-Maggers, we’ll be bringing you more inside knowledge of the social hotspots around our emerald isle. Today we’re starting with Dublins South William Street which is a hive of activity in the social scene, and listing our favourite places to eat, drink and play!

1. Bagots Hutton

What feels like an underground cave filled with wine and pizza, this little spot is oozing with character – from the chesterfields to the Great Dane that might visit you at your table (he’s the owners), you really feel like you’re escaping the world in there. The food is so reasonably priced and really tasty – try the sharing platters when you’re in, they’re divine!

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Image // Stitch and Bear

2. Meat & Meet

On the corner of South William Street and Exchequer Street sits this butcher-style deli. The decor is stripped back and perfect for what they’re dishing up. They do a mean sandwich during the day but they’re sharing boards and gin teapots are definitely worth a try in the evening.

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Image // South William Street

3. Clement & Pekoe

This delightful little coffee shop serves up some of the best coffee in town (and they have a drool-worthy selection of treats too). The interiors are relaxed with scattered benches and chilled vibes and our personal favourite is the hot chocolate (it’s the chocolate on a stick that melts into hot frothy milk kind). Grab a drink and sit on the benches out front – it’s a great people watching spot.

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4. The Port House

The Port House can only be described as stepping into Spain. It’s dimly lit with candle light and cave like interior transports you to a haven of delicious tapas. There’s always a bustling atmosphere and the food is really reasonable (which makes for trying more dishes!) Our personal favourite is the prawn pil-pil – it’s definitely the best in the city.

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5. South William

They disappeared for a while, but the South William is back and boy are we glad. Spread over 3 floors they cater to many a need, from quiet ones in a snug to party goers in the late bar. The decor is V hip and right up our street – we could happily sit here for hours sipping on their delicious cocktails.

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6. Bear

Bear is at the top of South William Street and is sister to other meat-filled joints such as Crackbird and Jo Burger. The relaxed atmosphere and good food (the chicken wraps and steaks are YUM) make for the perfect casual lunch or dinner but consider them for brunch too, their mushrooms on sourdough toast with miso butter is to die for!

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