The four-star hotel The Grafton on Lower Stephen Street has opened Bartley’s, a unique space with four distinct areas – a bar, restaurant, event space, and coffee dock and terrace.
Built on the site of the original Bartley Dunne’s pub, it is located at the ground floor of the The Grafton, adjacent to South King Street in Dublin 2.
Inspired by retro glamour and designed with a nod to the nostalgia of the era, Bartley’s embraces the personality of this landmark that was Dublin’s first gay bar which welcomed a diverse and eclectic mix of people up until it closed in the 1990s.
Contemporary balances with classic themes in a venue geared towards everything from lunch or dinner, cocktails, corporate events, and after work aperitifs.
The collective expertise of the Bartley’s team headed by John Sheridan (F&B Manager) working with Noel Bateson (Food and Beverage Manager) and Gary Campbell (Assistant Food and Beverage Manager / Head Barman), has combined to create a premium venue with a bar serving cocktails complemented with informal lunch and dinner menus.
F&B Manager John Sheridan said: “Even though Bartley’s is newly reopened, we have worked hard to retain some of the original atmosphere that made Bartley Dunnes a default destination in Dublin. Although located in the newly refurbished Grafton Hotel, it’s so much more than a “hotel bar”, we do things differently. Guests will have certain expectations, so we offer traditional bar dishes like Fish ’n’ chips and Steak but done with home cut chips and the best quality meat & fish used. Our menus have been carefully designed to reflect quality over quantity, giving us a greater opportunity to create new and exciting dishes, whilst also holding onto some of the classics/signature dishes to accommodate our wider clientele. Our team is at the heart of Bartley’s, and we make it a priority to engage with our clientele with personal and engaging service.”
The lunch menu features a selection of high protein, low carb, salads and sandwiches. The choice includes Soup of the day; Asian style beef baguette; Vegan Mezza Plate and a 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 burger with bacon, cheese, house relish and fries; Crispy chicken burger with slaw, BBQ sauce and fries; Spiced cauliflower (Ve) Lebanese couscous, hummus and pomegrante to the 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. 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 selection of Irish cheese.
The cocktail menu features classics including La Dolce Vita (mango infused vodka, strawberry syrup, lime juice passion fruit and Prosecco), The Auld Fashioned (Slane Irish Whiskey, spiced Irish tea syrup and Bartley’s house bitters) and its signature The Bartley’s Spritz (Martini Fiero, strawberry, rhubarb topped with Prosecco).
Bartley’s has eight Spritz Serve options from the classic Aperol to the Italicus and Bartley’s Spritz.
Bartley’s Lounge is an event space on the lower ground level that is available for private and corporate functions that can accommodate groups for 100-250 people.
Bartley’s serve food daily from 12noon – 9.30pm. The Coffee Dock opens all day offering great coffee to grab & go or to enjoy on the indoor or outdoor terraces.