Words by Simon Difford on 30-May-2015
26 Wexford Street, (nr St Stephen's Green), Dublin, 2, Ireland (Eire)
Tel: +353 (0)1 526 7711
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Wed noon-11pm, Thu noon-3am, Fri-Sat 1pm-4am, Sun noon-12:30pm
Door: Open door
Style: Restaurant bar
Recommended for: Alfresco, Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu
Opium is a vast place encompassing a lounge, pan-Asian restaurant, club and garden - Dublin's answer to London's Hakkasan. However, the cocktails served in the ground floor horseshoe-shaped bar are perhaps even better than at Hakkasan - both in choice and quality.
Built in tan leather seating line the maroon drape covered and bare brick walls under a shaker-style white ceiling. There's plenty of seating around bar. It's a warm homely space.