The Lucky Duck
Time Out says
A slick, three-storey cocktail bar newly opened in a not-so-new building
After sitting idle for more than two decades, the Press Up group (Sophie’s, Roberta’s, etc.) has revived the landmark building at 43 Aungier St. Now a stylish neighbourhood bar-restaurant, the Lucky Duck takes pride in “making the old new again.” Keeping with the resurrection theme, the mahogany bar in the back is a century-old rescue from Belfast and the urinals downstairs date back 200 years. A collection of leather and velvet couches in rich colours, gallery walls, and parquet floors complete the dignified antiquity aesthetic. Things get progressively luxurious as you climb. While the ground floor like other Victorian pubs, the first floor Reilly Room and Digges Room are intimate cocktail bars, and Clarke’s Bar just a few steps further is the fanciest with original fireplace and table service. Lucky Duck is pioneering the “closed loop” cocktail concept which emphasises low waste and more taste. The menu is broken down by curious characteristics, like fresh, punchy, smooth, and classic. Head Chef Stephen Ryan ensures the modern Irish menu is just as remarkable as the libations, with substantial starters like seared scallop and curried crab, seasonal mains like the delectable lamb shoulder with salsa verde, and elevated class desserts like sticky toffee pudding and Eton mess available upstairs and bar snacks like lamb and chickpea flatbread and buttermilk chicken tenders in the bar below.
Time Out tip: The parmesan fries are a must-order no matter what floor you’re on. If you choose to sit upstairs, grab a window seat. City centre views add a lot to the Lucky Duck experience.
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