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Vintage Cocktail Club
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15 Crown Alley, Temple Bar Dublin 2 Ireland
15 Crown Alley, Temple BarIEDublinDublin 2
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This refined, speakeasy-vibe bar offers candle-lit cocktails and fine-dining amid vintage ephemera.- Google
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Dave Davis
a month ago
The speakeasy themed cocktail bar phenomenon has taken off in Dublin over the past few years. To say that they're all a desperate attempt with an even worse result is an understatement. That is, all but one. The VCC. I'm not sure if the VCC was the first of its kind in Dublin, but it was certainly the first I had heard of and it was the first I had visited. Unfortunately for the others which shall remain nameless because they are so poor that they don't even deserve to be compared in the same light, the VCC has set the standard impossibly high. Despite being slap bang in the middle of temple bar, a great deal of effort has gone into giving this place the speakeasy feel and that seemed to be a high priority for the owners. The venue, while small, has immense attention to detail throughout. It's a rare spot that actually succeeds in making you feel in the era they're trying to portray. Next up is the cocktails. What can I say? I've only ever been to one other place with cocktails of this quality an no other place with the sheer number of cocktails available to try. They quite literally have a book of cocktails with history lessons and reading in there too with a nice handy bookmark to choose the cocktails you want. I'd recommend ordering two at a time as the effort that goes into creating them means you'll wait a bit for that quality. Their signature cocktail menu is absolutely amazing too. The mixologist here know their stuff. It's hard to describe just how much effort goes into every part of the experience here. For the smokers, there's an amazing smoking area upstairs that feels like you're in just another room of the venue. Well ventilated with a bar and draughtless enough for candles. Finally, the food. This was a surprise as it wasn't front and center of their offering. It's surprisingly good considering the small size of their menu. I was thinking, how could such an amazing cocktail venue possibly serve good food too? Well, VCC showed me how. My only criticism is the speed of the service. I know perfection takes time and maybe it's years of conditioning visiting pint slinging bars, but I feel a little more could be done on the speed of service front. Waiting 20 mins at a quiet time for your first cocktail certainly builds anticipation but in fairness, they give you some free proscecco while you wait to soften the blow. This place is perfect for first dates, non-confidential meetings (it's a little cramped inside), the start of a nigh out, pre event and catch ups. The prices are decent for what you get and you'll find yourself booking your next visit on your way out. It's quiet and they keep the rowdy crowds out. Definitely one of my favourite venues in Dublin. Make sure you book a table though. It's unlikely you'll be able to walk in off the street at random and they'll be able to accommodate you. This place has built a pretty solid reputation as a premium, old fashioned, cosmopolitan place. Definitely a must visit establishment in Dublin.
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Gus Moreira
a month ago
Great atmosphere and really well done drinks but of you want to get drunk, prepare yourself to spend quite a bit of money on good drinks.
Gillian Miller
9 months ago
My friend and I passed by the entrance at least 5 times before one of the bartenders walked out of the entrance to take out the trash, and explained to us that we just needed to ring the doorbell to be buzzed in. We didn't have a reservation, which ended up being a mistake at this busy place, but we were let into the smoking area. Cocktails are expensive, but absolutely class, and are strong enough to knock you off your feet! The speakeasy inspired ambiance is as fun as you'd imagine, and you're bound to meet someone new and interesting.
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Matthias Trümmel
3 months ago
It's quite hard to find the entrance, but once you've found it you'll be able to excellent cocktails and a great ambiance. Highly recommended.
david lion
a month ago
The place itself is fine if not quite as authentic as some people would have you believe. The cocktails (of which I tried 3) are trash. Sugary crap with not even the basics right. There's a man dressed as a bartender waiting behind a pristine bar for all to see but you don't interact with him and neither does your waitress who brings your drinks up from a mystery area. All the drinks I tried were badly made and did not contain what was alleged or not in the correct amounts and at 11 euro a pop that's robbery. At least you would be a long time robbing the ignorant rich people who seem to populate the place. I'm sure they feel like real aristocrats getting drunk on what they think is high end cocktails. They could have just stayed at home with a carton of Tesco orange juice and a bottle of Bacardi.
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Maria Castellà
a month ago
I always have loved this place for a cocktail but last time they did something i found quite not nice. To put an enormous ice cube inside our dry martini. I think words are not needed.
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Liam Keenan
5 months ago
Nice setting. Very friendly staff. A great bunch. The drinks themselves are above average but don't match the quality of the rest of the place.
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Alan Strohm
9 months ago
I love old cocktails and this is one of the best places I have found in the world for them. The food was also quite good and I liked the ambiance and scheduled seatings. It's a bit pricey, but well worth it in my opinion.