Occupying a vast two-tiered space, Drury Buildings is an all-day bar and restaurant boasting distressed decor and serving up Italian-Irish cuisine. Interiors are an eclectic mix of eye-catching murals and 1950s furniture, the latter uprooted from New York to a six-storey former trade building. Glass, timber and steel accents dominate the two-floor restaurant while seating varies from leather chairs to banquettes fashioned from teal church benches. The distressed brick wall garden space, with much appreciated heaters, provides an industrial backdrop for aperitivo.
While the dishes are certainly Italian – think linguines, burratas and secondi meats – the restaurant has an appreciation for all things Irish, sourcing its produce locally to create homegrown variations of signature Italian dishes. Roast lamb rump with caponata originates from Comeragh, a crab linguine springs from Castletownbere and a classic tiramisu is spiked with Jameson Cold Brew whisky.
Dubliners flock here for gourmet Sunday roasts, where the ‘host your own roast’ menu encourages groups to choose between beef, pork and chicken, later arriving at their table with sharing-style sides – expect beef-dripping potatoes, honey roasted veg and all the other classic trimmings. If you’re not in the mood to stuff yourself, indulge instead in the weekend brunch menu for full Irish breakfasts, Italian salsiccia hash and a Drury Street Snapper cocktail, the restaurant’s take on a Bloody Mary.
The downstairs bar menu features classic Italian bites – think marinated artichoke crostini, charcuterie boards and truffle and mushroom arancini – alongside an extensive list of signature cocktails crafted from house-made juices and syrups – sip on a Rum and Raisin Old Fashioned or become acquainted with their craft beers.
Drury Buildings is perfect for leisurely dining or special occasions, serving seasonally-changing Italian menus amid rustic-chic interiors.