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?
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