A long day of sight seeing, leprechauns, Christmas markets, walks in the park and late lunches can only mean one thing... #cocktailoclock !
Gordon and I walked from our hotel in Temple Bar to the Docklands where we headed to The Marker Hotel. A stylish, modern hotel with a contemporary checkerboard exterior which reminds me of our wedding venue! Our plan was to visit the Rooftop bar and admire the city skyline at night. Unfortunately the terrace was closed this particular evening so we made do with the ground floor bar instead.
I say made do... the bar is a huge, open space with gorgeous interior - that top picture is basically just a corridor off the side! It's filled with an eclectic mix of people from sharply dressed businessmen to laidback, arty types and super chic ladies sipping cocktails and champagne. Whatever your style, you fit in at The Marker. If you're interested in a bit of celeb spotting, this is probably the place - it's where Russell Bateman took the Skinny Bitch Collective!
I don't imagine the SBC ate this, but they should of! After a 4pm "lunch" we still weren't particularly hungry, but decided we should eat something to soak up the gin. We chose The Marker Sharing Board as our late night snack. Salt & pepper squid, ham hock croquettes and delicious focaccia bread served with warm goats cheese, sundried tomatoes, olive tapenade plus little jars of hummus and baba ghanoush! I love picky bits when I've had a drink and these were some of the best picky bits I've tasted! They'd have to be for £22...
Yes, the Marker Hotel is expensive but you get what you pay for. It's an experience you should probably save for a special occasion.
Afterwards we had a wonder around the docklands. The Marker is situated next to the convention centre and Bord Gais Energy Theatre at the Grand Canal Dock. It's a very urban, businessy part of Dublin which has been dubbed Silicon Docks due to Google's presence in the area. We just really liked the bright lights and Hulk impression facilities...
An evening stroll along the Liffey is a must when you visit Dublin, and a good excuse to head in the direction of The Marker! ;)