Dublin’s newest bar & restaurant has a rugby team behind it

  • Lemon & Duke opens near Grafton Street
  • Noel Anderson & rugby front men behind bar and restaurant
  • Partnering with ilsner Urquell
Rob and Dave Kearney, Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland.

Rob and Dave Kearney, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland.

Lemon & Duke opened at the junction of Dublin’s Lemon Street and Duke Lane Upper by the team behind the recently extended Ballsbridge bar The Bridge 1859, fronted by Rob and Dave Kearney, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip with business partner Noel Anderson, replacing the longstanding and high profile Grafton Lounge.

The corner site of the Royal Hibernian Way has been renovated to create an urban bar that opens seven days from 10am for coffees and pastries. Lunch is served from 11am to 3pm and evening food is served from 3pm – 10pm when it

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becomes a more sophisticated late night venue with dinner and drinks and a live DJ.

lemonandduke 001Opening menus are based on the favourite dishes served at The Bridge and will be revised over coming weeks “to reflect the preferences of the city centre clientele.”

Lunch items include Shrimp Po’boy on Hoagie Roll €10 (served with shredded Chinese leaf, vine tomato, jalapeno relish and miso-lime aioli) they have Grilled Honey Chicken €8/€10 (a salad of sweet potato and red lentil, candied walnuts, pumpkin seeds and lemon and ginger vinaigrette).

Mains from the Evening Menu include the Lemon & Duke Beef Burger €16 (Brioche bap, bacon jam, pimento cheddar, tobacco onions, sweet potato fries, sriracha aioli) and Pan-fried Hake €20 (Tomato and mussel broth, samphire, capers, brown butter).

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The interior by O’Donnell O’Neill Design and features a timber bar top with red glazed brick feature wall, soft lemon leather upholstery and mid-century Danish furniture.

O’Donnell O’Neill Design described their work as: balancing a raw honest interior with tactile materials such as a timber bar top and a red glazed brick feature wall. Light oak floors and full height windows pull in the daylight, haloing the warm copper tones throughout, the soft lemon leather upholstery and the angular mid-century Danish furniture.

Noel Anderson said: “it has been an extremely busy summer working on this project and the extension of The Bridge 1859. I’m really looking forward to working with the four guys to replicate the success of our venture in Ballsbridge.”

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Lemon & Duke and The Bridge are the only places in Ireland where you can enjoy fresh unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell from their unique tank system. Together with a large collection of draught and bottle beers and a bespoke cocktail list, the drinks offering is comprehensive and carefully thought out.

  • Lemon & Duke, 2 Duke Lane Upper, Dublin 2.
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