This collaboration between Dublin businesses is so clever

    Roe and Co. Photo Andres Poveda Easy Food
    Roe and Co. Photo by Andres Poveda

    This is a difficult time for many industries, and the increase in restrictions has made things especially hard on Dublin-based restaurants and bars. We’re delighted to see local businesses in the capital offering support to each other during this struggle.

    Located in the heart of Dublin’s buzzing Liberties district, the Roe & Co Distillery have offered up their home to local Dublin restaurants who are unable to welcome customers through their doors under current restrictions.

    Roe & Co, a brand that lives and breathes creative reinvention, have transformed the outside of the Distillery space into a Cocktail Village using upcycled shipping container pods. On specified days over the next two weeks, the Cocktail Garden will welcome two independent businesses, who are paving the way in Ireland’s food scene.

    Variety Jones, a Dublin 8 restaurant dedicated to cooking seasonal ingredients over open flame, will be bringing their Michelin star experience outdoors, serving up a mouth-watering tasting menu this Saturday and Sunday (3rd and 4th October). Check out the menu here.

    Keelan Higgs, Founder of Variety Jones said, “We’re extremely happy to be involved with Roe & Co and to be able to make the most out of their creative outdoor space which means we can keep doing what we love to do. In these uncertain times, it’s so important to keep food culture and art culture alive in this city and to do our best to ensure people feel some level of normality.”

    Variety Jones at Roe & Co.

    Dublin chef Niall Sabongi, who has gained well-deserved notoriety for his offering at Klaw and The Seafood Café, will also continue onsite on Thursday and Friday evenings until the end of October with his latest venture, the Salty Buoy Food Truck.

    Niall Sabongi of the Salty Buoy Food Truck commented, “It’s incredible and so heartening to see the outpouring of support across Ireland for small businesses and food suppliers over the last few weeks, as everyone knows we are facing a huge challenge. We have loved hosting Salty Buoy at Roe & Co Distillery, as it’s not only supporting my business, it’s also helping to keep fishermen working while many restaurants are closed.”

    Roe and Co. Picture Andres Poveda Niall Sabongi Salty Buoy Easy Food
    Niall Sabongi and The Salty Buoy. Photo by Andres Poveda.

    Roe & Co Distillery’s Dublin 8 neighbour, the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, have also adapted their offering to continue to operate within the current restrictions. The home of experimentation and innovation at Guinness have recently opened a canning station, allowing guests to pick up freshly filled draught cans during their visit to Guinness Open Gate Brewery. Bring home one of the experimental brews on tap such as their new release, Sea Salt & Lime Lager.

    Book a table in the Guinness Open Gate Brewery’s newly revamped, outdoor beer garden, where you can sit down and enjoy some delicious food and brews in their cosy new snugs. Keep an eye on their Instagram for the latest news on all things beer and food!


    Opening hours

    Niall Sabongi’s Salty Buoy: 5-10pm Thursday & Friday, last orders 9pm. Limited seating is available, booking can be made on the Roe & Co website here. The Salty Buoy Truck will be on site each week until 30th October.

    Variety Jones: Sittings at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm, Saturday & Sunday. Limited seating is available, booking essential.