Eat, Drink, Dance: A Curated Tour of Dublin’s Culinary Culture
The most determined Dublin Fringe fans might power through the 17-day festival without a single stop for food, satisfied beyond hunger and thirst by the enormous menu of theatre, art and performance already on their plate. Let’s presume you need some nourishment though. Neil Watkins, the man behind last year’s festival highlight, the autobiographical, sexually-charged The Year of Magical Wanking, can sympathise. This year he presents Dinner and a Show, a decadent feast of disco and, well… food. What better man to guide us around his favourite Dublin Central spots for pre-theatre dinner and post-show drinks?
The Fumbally Café - Fumbally Ln, Dublin 8 - http://thefumbally.ie/
It may only be open a little over a year, but the Fumbally has become Dublin’s hipster hub thanks to its simple, but delicious spreads and chilled-out atmosphere. Its food comes from some of the city’s finest sources and is melded into something wholly unique.
Neil says: I love this space so much I got a job there. Fumbally opens occasionally for evening gigs and you can enjoy a dish of something mighty tasty for a reasonable price.
We recommend: The Fumbally’s porchetta and apple sauce ciabatta is so good it earned it a place in the Observer’s Top 50 Foodie Picks.
L’Gueuleton - 1 Fade St., Dublin 2 - www.lgueuleton.com
Not quite as off-putting to the casual diner as one might expect from a French restaurant, L’Gueleton is set in the heart of Dublin’s creative quarter – as good for the people-watching as for the soup a l’oignon.
Neil says: I love the atmosphere there. The food always hits the spot – if you don't want to gorge, you can't go wrong with French onion soup and fries.
We recommend: L’Gueleton might bring out the best in Gallic flavours, but its Rare Breed Pork Belly is Irish meat at its freshest and most flavourful.
The Post-Show Pint
Grogans - 15 S William St, Dublin 2 - www.groganspub.ie
In a city of old-man pubs, it’s hard to pick out exactly what sets out the best from the rest – Grogans is often so busy that its regulars spill out in all directions on the street, but we just keep coming back. Unfussy, and authentic.
Neil says: Sound clientele, a laid back atmosphere and a lovely Guinness. It’s usually a pint of blackcurrant for me, but we'll see how long that lasts…
We recommend: Officially the king of the Dublin toastie, available day and night, ensure you ask for the 'Special'!
Damson Diner - 52 S. William St., Dublin 2 - http://damsondiner.com/
The former home of the much-loved South William club, Damson has quickly established itself for offering the city’s best spot for cocktails – dinner and dancing, all rolled into one.
Neil says: I ended up in the new(ish) Damson Diner on South William Street. Great tunes played by Sally Foran – though I much prefer dancing outside, when the opportunity arises. Recently, nearby at the Stag’s Head a guy randomly set up a sound system and had a whole street party brewing
We recommend: The disco scene is throwing glitter all over town at the minute. Try Together Disco, Damson Diner’s Damn Son!, Nightflight and Mother for full-on glam
And if none of that tickles your tummy’s fancy, Supperette is a transient food station that will be set up in the Project Arts Centre from the 7th until the 14th of September, or chow down at Dinner and a Show with Neil from the 17th until the 20th September.