The Big Tasting is Back……

It’s back. Our legendary Big Tasting will return on Friday 15th September. With over 120 wines and Champagnes, craft beers and ciders, plus our famous cured meats and carpaccio, cheese and chocolates, this is an evening not to be missed. The Big tasting will be divided into two sessions:

Big tasting session 1 6pm – 7.30pm.

Big tasting session 2 8pm – 9.30pm

Tickets are €28 each and will go on sale on Wednesday the 9th of August. This event always sells out, so be sure to book early.

Wine Tastings from July to November

 Sauvignon Blanc – Thursday 20th July 2017       €50

Ireland’s most popular grape is actually far more interesting and varied than initial impressions would suggest, popping up in unexpected places, and produced is unusual styles. This tasting will focus on the wide range of wines being produced by this surprisingly complex variety.

   The Loire Valley – Thursday 10th August 2017      €55

The Loire is justly famed for its World class Sauvignons- Sancerre & Pouilly Fume- but on closer inspection it proves to be not just the most interesting region in France, but possibly the entire world. Big call? Maybe. Outstanding single vineyard Muscadet, the finest Chenin imaginable, fantastic rosé, sublime reds, and everything across a range of dry, off-dry, sweet & sparkling. There is no other wine region on the planet with so much to offer. Come see for yourself.    

                The Pinot Family reunion – Thursday 24th August 2017     €50

Forget the Antinoris and the Hugels, the Torres and the Jadots- the most important family in wine is the Pinot family, the principals being Noir, Gris & Blanc. For one night only we’ll bring them all together for an inspired tasting of the typical and not so typical members of this intriguing wine family.

South Africa – Thursday 7th September 2017      €55

After quietly simmering away, unnoticed by the rest of the world, the South African wine scene has exploded in the last couple of years, and they can justly lay claim to some of the most exciting and dynamic wineries and wine makers working today. Gone is a reliance on Pinotage and Cabernet blends, replaced with outstanding Syrah and Grenache, superlative Chenin and Chardonnay, and some unlikely blends to make the old guard quiver in their boots. It’s all happening down here. Don’t miss out.

        Lesser known Spain – Thursday 19th October 2017      €50

Rioja has been a mainstay of Irish wine drinkers for years now, in fact, we are the 7th largest market for Rioja in the World! But Spain has so much to offer that it would be a shame to not look beyond the most famous regions and explore the less familiar, from volcanic island whites to supremely elegant reds, not to mention sparkling and fortified, this is an entire new Spain just waiting to be discovered.

                          Champagne & Sparkling wines – Thursday 16th November 2017    €50

Champagne is by some distance the benchmark for sparkling wines, but it is by no means out on its own. From England to Italy, Australia to Argentina there has been a surge in quality and variety of sparkling wines. With more of these wines available to us than ever before, there’s never been a better time to experiment and explore these fantastic wines.

4 Week wine courses @ely bar & brasserie 2017

Our four-week wine courses will commence again in August and October. The courses run on Tuesdays, and cover all aspects of wine knowledge including wine tasting, wine regions and grape varieties, wine production and food and wine matching. We’ll also discuss wine faults, how to navigate a wine list, spot a bargain and much more. Each evening of the course we will serve supper, a dish chosen from our menu to complement the wines we are tasting. Detailed notes will be provided each week, and homework -of the tasting kind- will be assigned!

Classes begin at 7pm.


Tuesday August 29th, September 5th ,12th & 19th.   €240

Tuesday October 24th, 31st, November 7th & 14th.  €240


Wine Tasting reservations can be made at