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Dinner and a show: Where to eat during Dublin Theatre Festival

Irish Times Article 2023

A selection of the finest spots for dining, whether it’s a quick meal before the show or something more leisurely late in the evening

Joanne Cronin

Wed Sep 27 2023 - 05:00

A visit to the theatre is to temporarily unite yourself with your fellow audience goers in that magic space, and emerge entertained or enlightened by what you’ve just experienced. It could be argued that dining out is a similar ritual, this time united with your fellow diners to experience the restaurant’s vision, enacted by the chef and the staff. And again, you emerge entertained or enlightened. In the end, both drama and cooking are food for the soul and the senses.

The Bard himself may have written “most dear actors, eat no onions or garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but that stricture most definitely need not apply to audiences. Even in a climate of high operating costs, the Dublin food scene is as vibrant and varied as the programme itself.

Whether you’re in search of an early meal before the show, looking for some new tastes, or seeking a cosy spot to which to decamp afterwards for a glass of whatever you fancy and a critique of the performance, here’s our round-up of some of the best food and drinks spots to enjoy during the theatre festival.

One Society

1 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1; 01-5375261,

One Society offers an Italian-style tapas and wine bar menu in the evening.

Known mainly as a popular daytime breakfast and brunch spot, One Society owner Will Monaghan and his team offer an Italian-style tapas and wine bar menu in the evening, including a range of traditional pizzas from their open brick oven and pastas that everyone is sure to love. One Society also offers a variety of wine flights, offering the chance to taste three wines and hopefully find a new favourite.

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