Make Your Way To The Sidecar For A Connoisseur's Whiskey Tasting
Bar Notes

It is no surprise that Architectural Digest named The Westbury one of the five most beautiful hotels in Dublin, thanks to its classic contemporary interiors, marble-clad lobby, and carefully restored antique furnishings. Hidden down a quiet lane off Grafton Street in the city’s Creative Quarter, a neighborhood known for its convivial bars, restaurants, and boutiques, The Westbury is also home to a glamorous 1930’s style cocktail bar, The Sidecar.

An evening of drinks at The Sidecar is made memorable by the hotel’s knowledgeable head mixologist and whiskey sommelier, Michael O'Shea, over oversees The Sidecar's expert whiskey tastings.

Michael talks with guests about some of the nuances of Irish whiskeys behind the bar at The Sidecar.
The Sidecar's Art Deco bar cart, ready for service.
The Westbury’s head mixologist, Michael O’Shea, explains how to properly taste Irish whiskey.
An evening of drinks at The Sidecar is made memorable by head mixologist and whiskey expert, Michael O'Shea.
A Custom Tasting

The Westbury is also happy to arrange an exclusive whiskey tasting for guests of The Leading Hotels of the World. During your private encounter, Michael O’Shea will teach you about the origins and heritage of each spirit, and recommend the best pairings and presentations for the different whiskeys. Before your experience, you are encouraged to share your predilections with Michael so he can curate the tasting to fit your palate and preferences. If you are looking to try something quintessentially Irish, sample one of the more than 30 bottles of single malts, small-batch, and well-aged whiskeys behind the counter at The Sidecar.

Or, after a long day of business meetings or sightseeing around town, sit down to one of Michael’s bespoke creations in the hotel’s intimate speakeasy. Try the warming Emerald Cocktail, a play on the classic Manhattan, blending Teeling single grain Irish whiskey, Dolin sweet vermouth, and orange bitters. For something more unusual, we recommend the Sidecar Privileged Cocktail, a heady libation made with 2002 Fins Bois cognac from one of only six bottles produced in the world. But a Privileged Cocktail indeed: just one will set you back a cool 150 EUR. Sláinte.

To learn more about The Westbury or to arrange a private whiskey tasting during your next stay, please contact the concierge upon making a reservation.