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the story

ELY WINE BAR at 22 Ely Place, is where the story began. Erik and Michelle Robson located a vacant Georgian building on Ely Place, a place which would quickly change the Irish wine-scene.

Pioneering quality wine by the glass, ELY WINE BAR opened its doors in December 1999 offering 100 wines by the glass, including champagnes, sherries, and ports. 20 years ago, ELY was serving stunning cheeses and charcuterie, perfect for sharing and known as the ELY Charger, as popular as ever today. Food provenance was as important as the wine with our organic beef and pork coming from our own farm, and the lamb from our neighbours. Today we work very closely with our suppliers to help us find great, fresh Irish produce.

The ELY family boasts over 1200 different wines plus a range of craft beers, premium whiskeys, gins, Cognac, Armagnac, and classic cocktails. Since 1999, ELY has been at the forefront–being the first to truly deliver great wines by the glass and by the bottle. ELY has revolutionised the wine bar scene in Dublin and continues to pioneer wine through its knowledge and research, repeatedly being awarded best wine bar and best wine experience in Ireland. Today ELY has four venues, each different, consisting of two outstanding venues in Dublin city centre, one in Glasthule and one in Maynooth.

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Food Provenance

From the beginning, ELY has been fully committed to food provenance, always delivering fresh, flavoursome Irish food, as can be seen throughout all of our menus.

All beef, pork and lamb are locally sourced. Everything, including our fresh, locally caught seafood and fresh vegetables, is prepared in-house daily.

Ely are playing at the top of not just the Irish table, but up with the global best

- Tomas Clancy, March 2019

Ely is Ireland's finest wine bar

- Sunday Business Post, August 2019

One of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world.

- Wine Spectator's 'Best of Award of Excellence', July 2019


Passionate about wine and always respectful of its traditions and culture, today ELY continues to pioneer by choosing some of the world’s best and most interesting wines, from wineries we greatly respect, through the country’s best importers.

We love nothing more than to connect our customers with the winemakers we know and respect through a great glass of wine. We don’t seek out the cheapest or most expensive wines, but rather those that are true to their origin, their terroir and their creators.

Passionate about wine, we are always on hand to talk to customers about the wine they like to drink and to help educate those who are interested to learn more.

To learn more about our private wine tastings and scheduled wine tasting events, please visit our wine tasting page.


We want our people to make you feel special and that’s what they enjoy most.

There’s not a lot that feels better than a job well done, from the initial greeting to recommending a food and wine pairing, be it an all-out-meal and ‘that’ bottle of wine or some bar bites and a glass or two.

A smile, great food, and wines, a proper coffee all brought together and rounded off in the good company of friends.


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