St Patrick’s Day is Ireland’s chance to showcase its drinking prowess to the world. But rather than focusing on quantity - sloshing cheap green beer until you can’t remember why you came to Dublin in the first place – better to focus on quality, perhaps a snifter or two of Irish whiskey or uisce beatha (Gaelic for ‘water of life’) It's lagged behind Scottish rivals for some time, thanks both to the marketing might of the Highland single malts and the closure of many historic distilleries in Eire. That changed when Teeling opened a new still two years ago, the first new operation here in 125 years. Teeling’s new digs are located in the Liberties, historically the site of Dublin’s booze industry; soon it will be joined by three other fresh whiskey-makers - Pearse Lyon (opening summer 2017), George Roe & Co (scheduled for 2019) and the Dublin Whiskey Company (late 2017 or early 2018)
To help navigate Dublin’s drinking scene and seek out the best places to sample some water of life, we turned to three experts. Tim Herlihy, who was born just outside Dublin and is now brand ambassador for Tullamore Dew; erstwhile Dublin bartender Kevin Hurley who now promote Teeling worldwide, and Sean Muldoon, co-owner of Irish cocktail bar Dead Rabbit in NYC, which is consistently named the best bar in the world.
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