02 May 2013

Quay 14 at The Morrison Hotel

Y’know, thinking back, I realise that my love for cocktails all started with the Morrison Hotel. When it opened in 1998 it had the most sophisticated décor I had ever seen – created by John Rocha, the interior was all dark wood, gleaming crystal and cool leather, accented with stylish eastern flourishes.

It’s where I sipped my first ‘real’ cocktail, ate my first sushi and had my first (ok, only) Robbie Williams sighting – oh, the glamour!  Though it was the first of its kind, a million copies soon followed and over the years we lost sight of the fact that the Morrison was the original and had blazed the trail.
Cocktails at Quay 14 at the Morrison Hotel, Dublin
Clockwise from top left: Quay 14 Bloody Mary, Dark n Stormy, Up On That Hill, Drunken Sailor mojito, Whiskey In The Jar, bar snacks including deep fried olives (nom), Final Straw. Hic!
But following a 7 million renovation project late last year, the Morrison is back! Chic and stylish, it has a laid-back, contemporary vibe that feels high-end, while staying true its original rock’n’roll roots. It’s lighter and brighter than it was, with better use of space in the public areas. And the new Quay 14 Bar just might be one of the best spots for people watching in the city – accompanied, of course, by a well-crafted cocktail or two.  

Favourites are hard to choose, but with lapsang-infused gin, a touch of beetroot and pomegranate along with the usual ingredients, the Quay 14 Bloody Mary is a work of art. Brunch and one of these babies are what Sunday afternoons were made for.  

Quay 14 Bar at the Morrison Hotel

I can also recommend the fruity, spicy Up On That Hill - with Highland Scotch, sloe gin, ginger, lemon and rhubarb bitters – and Final Straw, which is made with bison grass vodka, vermouth, pressed apple juice and prosecco. Delish!
Considering the plush surroundings and the care with which they’re crafted, the cocktails aren’t exorbitantly priced either, with most around the €9.50/€10 mark and weekly specials a snip at €7. Thumbs up for the food menu, too – Quay 14 offers a selection of sharing platters and bar classics, while The Morrison Grill serves up more sophisticated fare.

You’ll find the Morrison on Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 - check out www.quay14.com for more. What do you reckon, fancy meeting me there? Maybe you've already stopped by?

19 comments:

Not Just Inside - Irish Beauty Blog said...

I used to hang out in the Morrison yonks ago, your after reminding me of how much I liked it, I may have to slip in for a cheeky cocktail soon

little t said...

Well you've sold it to me Emma.

I love cocktails too, but only if they are done perfectly. I hate it when regular bars throw together a cocktail menu and then throw them together without much thought either.

Also, craving a dark and stormy now...

Roxy said...

I used to love the Morrison back in the day as well! Didn't even know it had been renovated, I must pop in for a look (and a cheeky cocktail)

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Looks dandy to me, love cocktails sometimes!! Beautiful. Hope you have a great day xx

Anonymous said...

Oh hmmmmm! :-)

Lilli said...

Seems a very lovely place where have a cocktail! You just made me want one:) Kisses! xo

Emily said...

Love this place! A touch of class at such a reasonable price. And a cocktail called Whiskey in a Jar served in a jar? What more could you ask for?!

Roses and Rockets said...

I've never been there but it looks very fancy, perfect for a blogger meet-up!

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Real College Student of Atlanta said...

that food looks delicious and healthy!

Chantel said...

Nice photos!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

This looks like such a fun hangout. Hotel bars make some of the best cocktails in my experience.

Thanks fro your support Emma!
Rowena @ rolala loves

Anonymous said...

Looks so elegant and sophisticated. Ah cocktail craving now!

Emma said...

I would murder a cocktail right now! These look so yummy! I walk past the Morrison all the time on the way to the cinema and I love how they've done it up, from looking through the windows anyway, it looks gorgeous, must pop in some time for a sneaky cocktail!

Emma x

Audrey Allure said...

The drinks look delicious!

Kim Alston said...

what a fabulous place to have a drink! love the atmosphere of it.
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NailsByNumbers said...

I am actually heading down that direction on Thursday so I might have to drop in and try one. Always looking for a well made cocktail...

JenJen said...

Oh yum! Would definitely meet you there - mine is a Bloody Mary thanks!