Bartley’s at The Grafton is a new venue built on the site of the original Bartley Dunne’s pub.
The new space is a bar, restaurant, event space, coffee dock and terrace all in one. Bartley’s offers quintessential cocktails with casual lunch and dinner menus, served with ‘old-style hospitality.
Inspired by retro glamour and designed with a nod to the era’s nostalgia, this atmospheric venue embraces the personality of this iconic landmark that was Dublin’s first gay bar. It famously welcomed a diverse and eclectic mix of people until it closed in the 1990s.
The lunch menu features a selection of healthy high, protein, low-carb salads and sandwiches ideal for
those on the go or enjoying any of the relaxed, spacious areas. The choice includes Soup of the day;
Asian style beef baguette, Vegan Mezza Plate, and the Classic Toastie of baked ham and Dubliner cheddar with an offering of sides. Salads include Caesar Classic with the option to add chicken or prawns and the Superfood with Bulgar wheat, avocado, asparagus, peas, hazelnuts and seeds.
The choice of Big Plates ranges from Beef burgers with bacon, cheese, house relish and fries; Crispy
chicken burger with slaw, BBQ sauce and fries; Spiced cauliflower (Ve) Lebanese couscous, hummus and
pomegranate to the always popular Fish ‘n’ Chips Beer battered haddock, pea puree and tartar sauce.
The dinner menu features the same Big Plates with the addition of Duck breast Asian Broth, noodles and
vegetables; Chicken Supreme Herb gnocchi, chorizo and corn; Seared salmon with shaved fennel, shrimp salad and salsa Verde and 8oz Ribeye Steak roast vine tomatoes, fries and pepper sauce.
Starters feature Crispy ham hock terrine, apple and fennel; Wild mushroom arancini, goats cheese mousse; Falafels, red pepper & walnut paste and the Classic Caesar Salad with chicken or prawn.
Desserts are all homemade in the kitchen. A rare treat these days. For summer, the choice of sweet
things include Chocolate slice, salted caramel vanilla ice cream; Lemon meringue pie, raspberries sorbet;
Tiramisu, Pistachio biscotti, Triple Glenowen Farm ice cream and a selection of Irish cheese.
The collective expertise of the Bartley’s team headed by John Sheridan (CheF&B Manager) working with
industry experts Noel Bateson (Food and Beverage Manager ) and Gary Campbell (Assistant Food and
Beverage Manager/ Head Barman) has combined to create a premium venue. Their signature and contemporary dishes are prepared using the highest quality locally sourced Irish produce.
CheF&B Manager John Sheridan said in a press release, “Even though Bartley’s is newly reopened, we have worked hard to retain some of the original atmospheres that made Bartley Dunnes a default destination in Dublin… Our team is at the heart of Bartley’s, and we prioritise engaging with our clientele with personal and engaging service.”
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