The 195th birthday of one of Dublin’s most iconic hotels calls for something special, right? Lucky for us, The Shelbourne have just launched The Terrace and 1824 Bar: two new venues that are the must-visit spots for stylish socialising in Dublin this summer.
The exclusive new bar at The Shelbourne – 1824 Bar, named after the year the hotel was founded – is a chic, luxurious space, a top shelf-only bar offering a hand-picked list of high-end drinks, cocktails and whiskeys. Tucked away at the top of the grand staircase, if The Shelbourne itself had a snug, this might just be it. Opening from 5pm in the evening, 1824 has a strict no reservations policy.
The décor of 1824 Bar in rich shades of green echoes the greenery of The Terrace outside, with warm green felt walls, mohair velvet seats and a deeply padded green leather edge on the crown cut curved oak bar. Those curves are echoed and reflected in the round black marble, brass-edged tables that bring a touch of Art Deco luxury to the bar, echoed in the graphic 20s and 30s style carpet and textiles that also provide a pop of contrasting vivid colour.
The Terrace is a relaxed little plaza tucked away within the hotel with a view of the sky, blurring the edge between indoors and out with delightful effect. Throughout June, the Terrace will serve sharing platters of Ireland’s best charcuterie and cheese with a Sommelier’s selection of a glass of fine wine for two for €50, while guests can enjoy curated Irish sharing platters from 12 midday to 7pm daily, from May to September.
With a pair of special waterproof yacht umbrellas providing shade on The Terrace, their built – in heaters provide warmth and protection from the elements on the ‘soft’ days Dublin is occasionally blessed with, this is a comfortable outside space that welcomes guests to relax and read or work during the day, and socialise in the evenings, but is also flexible enough to serve as an alternative meeting space, or for intimate events and functions. With salvaged 19th century railway station cast iron columns providing a framework for a series of trellised arches, cleverly doubled and reflected with three large mirrors, the terrace has cosy banquettes, armchairs and sofas, and feels contemporary but classical.