Dining solo is one of life’s great pleasures, but we don’t think enough people in the capital do it, even though there are some great spots to feel comfortable doing so. These are our recommendations for a party of one.
The perks of dining solo are that you don’t have to compromise at all: on location, cuisine, wine choice or anything at all really. There’s also no need to mess around when it comes to paying up, as you’ll always know exactly what you had and won’t need to excruciatingly hang around while divvying up the bill.
There’s definitely something to be said for picking your favourite spot and eating there alone so you can truly savour the food and experience. With that in mind, we’ve lined up five of our favourite places for solo dining in the capital. Check the list out below.
777, South Great Georges Street
Located on Georges Street, 777 is one of the best Mexican joints in the country in our opinion and it’s a great spot to head to if you’re dining solo. Eating at the bar means you get to watch the top-class bartenders work their magic while you indulge in a range of some delicious small plates. We’d definitely recommend that you try the tuna ceviche tacos; they’re perfect with a margarita.
Klaw, Crown Alley
Highlighting a range of fresh seafood, Klaw is a great place to go when eating alone. Grab a seat at the counter and order a little bit of everything. The oysters are always super fresh and you can’t really go wrong with anything on the menu. As a bonus, you’ll be able to enjoy an amazing seafood feast without breaking the bank if you dine solo at Klaw.
Piglet Wine Bar, Cow’s Lane
Piglet is a super cosy spot in Temple Bar that has a massive range of wine and bites for you to try. The best part about Piglet is that it operates a tapas-style menu, so you can pop in for just a quick glass of wine with something small or go all out and order yourself a range of nibbles to enjoy.
Forest & Marcy, Leeson Street Upper
If you feel like treating yourself to something a little fancy, then Forest & Marcy is the ideal place to eat alone. Another great spot with some counter-style seating, sit yourself down and watch the stellar chefs in action while you enjoy your meal. The work they put into the food is sure to make you enjoy each bite that little bit more and you definitely won’t feel out of place while you eat.
Ely Wine Bar, Ely Place
Having recently undergone a massive refurbishment, Ely Wine Bar is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. There are a whole host of drink options available alongside a tasty menu from Ryan Stringer that combines casual dining with upmarket flair. The Ely fish and chips are always a great option, but you can’t really go wrong with anything on the menu.