The Mercantile – Dublin 2
The Mercantile, one of Dublin's best known bars, is situated on Dublin's Dame Street on the southern border of Temple Bar, right in the heart of the city between Dublin Castle and Trinity College. The Mercantile building was built in 1835 to house the North British and Mercantile Insurance Company, which later became the Mercantile Credit Company of Ireland. The company occupied the building until it moved premises in 1962 and this neoclassical stone structure then became what is now known as The Mercantile - a hotel, late bar and venue with an excellent reputation for live music.
Under the expert guidance of their Bar Manager and whiskey connoisseur, Tom Collins, the Mercantile has developed an impressive whiskey collection, with over 85 Irish Whiskeys and 50 international whiskeys. Sometimes such an extensive selection can be daunting to the novice, so Tom has writen what is probably Ireland's most comprehensive whiskey menu to guide you through the selection. The menu not only lists all their whiskeys, but also provides up to date information on Ireland's distilleries and the whiskey production process. If you like the idea of educating your brain as well as your palate, then there really is no better place to spend an hour or two sipping a couple of whiskeys, than a quiet late afternoon in a leather armchair in The Mercantile.
The whiskey menu has a selection of some new whiskey cocktails and some that are sure to become favourites. Tom, Frankie and John and will be there to answer any questions you might have and recommend some great Irish whiskey if you can't make up your mind. You can also catch a game on one of their nine screens and grab a bite to eat as they offer a full bar menu throughout the day.
During the day, part of the bar gets transformed into a lovely little coffee shop with home baked cakes, as the Mercantile has its own in house bakery in the basement of the building. So it may be that you want to pop in for a coffee or tea during the day and rediscover the Mercantile under a different light later on because if you like your late nights, the bar is a lively night spot too with a DJ on till the small hours at the weekend.
For such a large and busy pub, the staff are particularly friendly and with that many whiskeys to choose from, you could be in store for a long – and enjoyable – session in the Mercantile.
The Mercantile - 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (0)1 670 7100
Recommended Hotel Accommodation: Brooks Hotel (5 minutes' walking distance)