This Dublin Suburb Just Opened a Slick New Gastropub Worth Checking Out

Dublin’s south side has a new destination for drinks and dining. The Dalkey Duck, formerly McDonaghs, on Dalkey’s Castle Street, has been fully refurbished to create an inviting restaurant, bar and live music venue.

With a front terrace, snug, large bar, dining room and beautiful garden and terraces for al fresco entertaining, The Dalkey Duck is the latest venture by proprietor, Gary Whelan, an Irish actor known for his work on Ballykissangel, The Bill and Eastenders.

The décor, menus and management are all new, but The Dalkey Duck retains the traditional warmth and welcome of a family run Irish gastropub. O

pen for lunch, dinner and serving bar snacks too, there’s a modern Irish menu offering thoughtfully sourced food and drink to suit everyone, whether you fancy oysters and champagne or burgers and craft beer. A prix fixe menu served from 6pm to 8pm, Tuesday to Thursday starts at just €20 for two courses. It’s a great way to sample the Dalkey Duck menu, with a choice of three dishes for each course. Added to that, all wines are half price all night from Tuesday to Thursday!

Under the watchful eye of restaurant veteran Kristan Burness, the all new menus have a broad appeal. Signature dishes on the A La Carte menu include a Half Dozen Carlingford oysters (€14) either au natural or with shallot & cabernet sauvignon vinaigrette, served up with stout bread and salty butter Lobster Linguine  with mouthfuls of lobster meat mixed through fresh linguine in a shellfish bisque sauce. 

The Lunch Menu ranges from Soup of the Day (€4.50), including Surf Clam and Salt Cod Chowder (€8.50) and nibbles ,to salads and open toasted sandwiches such as Grilled local Mackerel and sauce vierge (€9.50), to larger plates priced from €14, including burgers in Nemo or Dexter style, steak, fish n chips and Wild Mushroom risotto (€16).

Live music is a regular feature at The Dalkey Duck with artists performing almost every evening. Favourites on the bill include Dermot Byrne, Ben Prevo,

The Brook Singers, upcoming funk and soul band Sapcevolk, Brenda Bourke who brings a bi-monthly singalong around the piano to the Duck and Irish rock legends, Leo O’Kelly and Garvan Gallagher.

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