The team at MVP, possibly Dublin's most original and modest cocktail bar, have developed a new menu for the summer months. This new menu lists some tempting new drinks, as well as retaining some MVP classics. In case you didn't know, MVP is home to Anna Walsh, the Irish winner of the World Class Cocktail Competition in 2015, so trust me, this bar is pretty damned good at making cocktails.
Out of the drinks we tried, two stood out for me. One was the Heléna, a mix of Olmeca Altos tequila, apple kimchi and violet. Apple kimchi sounds quite daring, but the effect is elegant. Served in a salt-rimmed, vintage style glass, the combination of slightly sour and spicy, shrub-but-not-quite-a-shrub, along with a rich mouthfeel and deep colour really impressed me. The second winner was the Poitín Colada, made with coconut-washed Bán Poitín. This is a fun, but grown up Irish take on the classic pina colada, but it's so much more refined with the addition of clarified pineapple juice and PX sherry.
The Kentiki Derby brings a tiki twist to Woodford Reserve bourbon with flavours of Amaretto and banana, topped with a port float. La Vie en Rose is a delicate, wistful long drink, made from Lillet Rose and Chivas Regal, topped with a delicate rose bud.
|La Vie en Rose|
All drinks on the menu, whether new or old, are priced at a very competitive €11. And if you don't want cocktails, the MVP is also a proper old pub serving pints aplenty. It's also dog-friendly, so if you get really lucky, you can find yourself petting a dog, while sipping on some fine drinks and enjoying a topped baked potato from their Spudbox menu.
MVP, 29 Upper Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 8