Organised a work Christmas party here last night and it went brilliantly - the staff were very helpful in sorting out the food, arranging a bar tab etc.
The platters were quite pricey for what it were but great for a big group just nibbling while supping their pints / cocktails... with the exception of the chicken wings which were YUM! I'm gonna come back here just for them :)
They have the usual suspects on tap, but also Smithwicks Pale Ale which I really enjoyed (especially after the Yelp Backyard Bizzare) and also a decent selection of bottled craft beer.
All in all - a good night out, with a big shout out of appreciation to the staff!
Good atmosphere. It's a very beautiful bar where you can have diner, tapas or just a drink.
Good music and the staff is very nice.
Good place for afterwork or having diner with your lover. Maybe not the best place toi Be with a group of friends.
Must book a table on Saturday evening!
Stopped in for lunch on a nice sunny day in Dublin.. wait.. I mean.. rainy day in Dublin..... haha.. We had some soup to warm up and a hot whisky to keep it goin! :)
Service was ok... they were nice but took a long time to come to take our order but again they were super nice and so I can't completely fault them on customer service.
Food was good. I just didn't get the wow factor from this place but maybe it's more of a night time place.... I'll give her another shot when I get back to the mother land! :)
We went on a Saturday which would explain the shoving thirsty crowds. It seems the drunker you get, the more "excuse" you have to push to the front. I get it, it's the bar...but 1 guy at the bar tending to 50+ shoving thirsty souls...not a good idea. Also, it'd be nice to be more clear about not making cocktails 20 minutes before you finally reach the front of the line. Perhaps have some people going around tables serving drinks?
Also the setup doesn't really allow for dancing - there's a lot of sofa chairs and so the layout makes it more of a lounge...Either that or the dance floor was covered by people spilling over from the bar waiting for drinks.
Other than that, book a table if you have a party. They have some nibbles.
Great for lunch, terrible for atmosphere...
Went here for some drinks and lunch Monday afternoon. They do a lunch menu 2 course for 9.95 and its grand. Really hit the spot and great value in fairness. I had chicken wings and then fish bites with chips. Only bad thing is, the starter and main comes out together so we were waiting quite long. The staff were nice when spoken too but we had to constatly call them over to order more drinks. Considering the place was pretty empty i wouldve thought they'd be constantly hovering around us. Lunch was great but not a good place for afternoon drinks. Absolutely zero atmosphere
This place is great!!! there isn't a huge selection on the menu - however the food that is available is extremely tasty and the portions are just right ! the first time i went i had tapas. the tapas were delicious ! normally tapas only come in small portions and you would probably get about four tapas to yourself but these were a bit bigger so i would recommend about two tapas to yourself ! or even two tapas each if your with more than one person and share ! to mix and match... the second time i had the lamb shank with a side of red cabbage with wine and it was fabulous...so yeah this is great for food but its also great if you wanted to go for a relaxing glass of wine or some cocktails... ideal for couples, or groups of girls on a night out ! or even if it was just two or three girls out for a quiet drink.. or would also suit an after work crowd, a mixture of people having a few drinks after a hard day in the office.. also ive only ever been on a week day so the atmosphere could be different at the weekend !
Not the cheapest hangout but not the most expensive either. Staff were very friendly, there was a good crowd but not packed to the rafters ( great for customers but I suspect the bar would prefer to see more business! ).
There was a big group of us so we ordered platters of food... you know, the usual deep fried loveliness that is oh so bad for you but usually goes well with a pint. The platters were apparently for 8 people each... 8 very hungry people I'd say... they were huge!
....this time it was different, I completely forgot about the pint. The buffalo wings were nothing short of spectacular, I stood there for about 20 mins, pretending to listen to polite conversation as I milled into the food.... it was that good, at one point I forgot to even pretend to listen.
I'll be back!
Don't go for the food...
Do go for the large open-spaced bar! Get your cocktail(s) and grab a nice comfy chair with a small group of friends or a girlfriend/boyfriend. This is a great spot to meet for drinks. Just be sure to get your meal taken care of before or after your stop here.
The warm lighting is nice and the looonnng bar is a welcome and refreshing sight compared to your typical pub.
I heard it used to be standing room only; however, we walked in on a late Sunday afternoon and there were not many patrons... may be worth stopping for a beverage on a Friday night.
I'll have another gin and tonic please!
It was my first time being in the place in Monday, I never even knew it existed , which is amazing seeing as its a pretty old establishment ;)
When we arrived around 12 the place was fairly empty ( I'm guessing it gets busy a bit later for the lunch rush) .
First thing I noticed was the lovely wide open spaces, lots of stools at the bar and plenty of tables on the floor, leather seated booths for your comfort!
Waitress was very friendly and gave the menu , I went with steak sandwich and wedges. So did my buddy who suggested the place!
Waited for maybe 10 mins and the sandwich arrived , lovely presentation with wedges in small silver bucket and steaks in bap, the steak was very lean which makes me happy! It's so annoying when you have to cut off loads if fat from meat you order.
Reasonable price around 10 euro for the dish.
Kudos for the music too - David Bowie was playing in the background!
I wouldn't mind going back to check out the rest of the menu, very nice venue! :)
'Salright like, but I wouldn't come here if everywhere else wasn't full.
Grand cocktail lists, nice nachos, the coffee is passable.
I went in at lunch time recently, it wasn't my first choice but Sth William St. at lunch near Christmas is madness! We got two coffees and nachos to share. The surprising thing was that within the first ten minutes we were asked 5 times by 2 different waitresses were we ok, did we want drinks, did we want food...then absolutely nothing for an hour and a half! No checking we were ok when the coffees were dry, no 'is the food ok'. I was surprised as they started out so full on!
Over all passable, lots of style, very little substance. Meh?
I am not going to be a hater but when I see chicks spilling out of dresses that are gripping their flesh like when someone drowning grips a capsized boat it makes me shudder in horror at their obvious denial of body measurement rules.
Big tits, round tum and big bum in a dress meant for a child does not make anyone look hot, it makes you look desperate and you obviously can't hear your body screaming in pain but I can, oh but I can. Celebrate that curve girl!
So that intro was my intro to this bar. Not gonna lie it put me off but it was a Friday and I was being a kill-joy drinking a coffee. Staff are so warm. Bar is one of those bars that I feel I have been in the world over. Food looked good. I deserve it to myself to try it again...
Maybe if I squeeze my girls into a tube top that makes them touch my chin I would feel at home - ok now I really am being a hater. I just slapped myself in admonishment.
Was here the other day for lunch with a friend. She reccomended it. Nice lookin place, very chilled out and quiet when we got in. It would have been about 2/half 2. There were 4/5 staff on, that's important to note.
Sat down, got served straight away really, had our orders taken. Food came quick enough. I had the cheese burger and chips. Best burger I've had in Dublin I think, no joke. I LOVED it. I'm actually dying for another right now as I'm writing this. Chips, awesome too. Massively chunky.
To drink I ordered off the cocktail menu. They had black russians so I asked for a white. It was fantastic and at 5 quid, that's pretty decent for Dublin.
But then came time to pay the bill. It's hard to pay when they just won't give it to you. After lunch, asked for it. Waited. Waited. Waited. My friend went to the bathroom and met our server on the way. mentioned the bill to her, which I saw. Waited. Waited. Waited.
So, I went to the bar where the 4/5 staff were chatting. "Excuse me?". Another woman joined me at the bar where we were ignored blatantly. She asked me if they didn't want her money could she have her drinks free. :)
Eventually after a very sweary (which doesn't bother me but personally I'd never even dream of doing it in work) phone call one guy shouted over "yeah, what you want?"
After 15 minutes we managed to pry the bill from their hands and get the hell out.
Great food and drink ruined by really shocking service I'm afraid.
Rip-off. €20.40 for 2 capt Morgan, 1 coke and a pint of Guinness. Never coming again.
The australian barman even argued that we weren't in a recession. It's a nice pub, but I will not be going again because of the rip-off nature of the prices.
Dakota is not your traditional pub, more like a modern, American-style bar with lounge seating, an outdoor area, and most importantly, a loooooong bar.
The choice of liquids is great and the bartenders know their stuff - at least on the weekends. Big minus, and that's why only 3 stars:
I came in on a Wednesday evening and ordered a Hendrick's Tonic, and was expecting my gin to be served with a fresh piece of cucumber, like I had at the same place the weekend before. The girl at the bar was new and clearly had no clue what she was doing - first she squeezed a lemon over the gin, and after I asked for a cucumber, she used her fingers to get the lemon out of the glass and replaced it with my favorite gin veggie.
Well, not really classy for a bar that wants to be classy and not funny if you're asked to pay about 8.50 Euro for that drink. But okay Dakota, I'll give you one more try.
Dakota is conveniently located if you cant quite decide whether you're hitting Georges/Camden St, or the Green.
The staff are relatively good, and they generally have enough staff on that you're not waiting long for a drink. Their doormen have always been very polite to me as well which is a plus (not that I look rough or owt, but sometimes theyre just bad-tempered! :p) Music selection isnt too dodgy either.
Crowd is a little poncey though I think, and there's quite a bit of posing going on.
They also do food which I havent tried so cant comment...
At the moment they are doing 5 different cocktails priced at €5 each, most of the rest are priced from €8.50.
Sorry, but just another David Guetta mainstream club/bar. I would give 2,5 if possible ;)
This is a "nice" bar. Decor is nice, music is nice, service is nice and admittedly some of the scenery is very nice. But it had no real character or ambience about it that would merit gushing praise or anything like it. All in all, it should be a three star rating, but... Dakota loses one star on the basis if pricing. €5.50 for a pint of Guinness, I'm sorry but that's borderline scandalous in my book. And don't get me started on €8.80 for Vodka & Tonic. In this day and age, you gotta be giving better value than that.
So in summation, nice bar, good location, stupid prices. The choice is yours...
Alexandra is right, this place feels really classy and is a great place to chill out and relax during the quiet day period either in its dark wood interior or outside on their side walk tables.
Great way to start a night here at a relaxing pace whilst your hair and make up are still in place before heading on to somewhere livelier to end the night!
I can't really fault it that much, but I always find Dakota a bit soulless... not quite in a category of 4 dame lane, but getting there. So much so that I had been there twice before I realised that I had ever been in Dakota. But its fine. I would even go so far as to say nice for lunch or a coffee. In the evening its a bit too cool for school, but its alright... lots of standing space but not enough seating for the evening. Not a club but thinks like a club in the evening.
On saying that its kind of a crowd pleaser - no-one really objects to going here, but I can't say I love it
I'm riting this review using the free wifi in Dakota eating the special which is chicken rogan josh served with boiled rice and half a lime and it's absolutely delicious.
The staff are all bang on as always although I did have to wait a bit for my dinner.
Great place during the day!
This place is not bad. It is a little bit pretty, a little bit trendy, a lot bit trying to hard, but in a city full of pubs, bars and nightclubs everyplace needs it own little something and trying to hard is Dakota's.
Got dragged here Friday night. I felt a little under dressed as I was only in jeans, a cardi and boots, as I didn't realize it was slut it up night at the Dakota. However I think this worked in my (and my flatmate's) favor as we quickly fell in with a stag party who seemed to be stoked to have two North America girls kicking it with them, drinking beer and being decidedly low maintenance.
While it was fun and the Carlowvians were a blast, I can't say I am in a big rush to head on back here. However, I am not opposed to the idea.
I've been to a wide spectrum of bars, from the less than classy locations whose clientelle seem to be just short of asking for their alcohol to be served by IV drip. On the other side of the spectrum, I've been to spots that the clientelle are moreso there for the atmosphere than the alcohol. Dakota seems to be somewhere in the middle...
That's the thing, everything is middling about this place. There's nothing amazing about it, and nothing fantastically awful either. In fact, for every positive trait, there is a linked negative one rendering your original positive thought moot.
The decor is lovely, the bar is designed to be a lounge area with comfy seats etc. However, the crowds that do spontaneously appear in this place take away from it. I'm not exactly a major fan of crowded bars, but it really does depend on the mood you're in. I don't know why pubs open the flood-gates and allow anyone in. I realise that I'm not exactly an old fogey yet, but I do remember a time when bars and pubs would turn people away if the place was full to capacity. I know there's a recession and everything, but you'd get more cash from the people there if they had the space to remove it from their wallets!
As for drinks, these guys certainly know what they're doing, but the service isn't exactly stellar. When I worked as a barman it was the done thing to have a certain pattern to how you serve people. Barfolk would be stationed to look after particular portions of the bar. In Dakota they seem to operate under the standard of serve whatever patron you like whenever you feel like it. The result is that people can often wind up waiting, and waiting for their drink.
This place has the potential to be quite the glamorous place, but it just doesn't cut it. It tries so hard to be a fashionable and exclusive spot, but winds up looking like your average boozer with nice furniture.
It's ok, but you won't find me going here too often.
Had an enjoyable dinner at the Dakota last Saturday evening. 19:15 was the latest booking, as apparently the kitchen closes at 8. This was a bit annoying, especially for a Saturday, but I did want to dine here and therefore made adjustments to our travel plans.
The atmosphere is modern, but had a generic feeling of being 'typical.' That said, the buzz that Saturday was grand and I did find myself enjoying the flavour.
One complaint, however, is I did not much care for the dining chairs at the table. Leaning back was almost like lying down and I felt, initially, uncomfortable in that I was wrinkling my new suit by sinking too far into the chair.
However, I didn't come there to look at the decor, I went there to eat! And eat we did!
The starter truly was some of the best wings I had in Ireland. Better than the places that sell the so-called best. These were truly yum. Best yet, they were not at all mean with the bleu cheese. It was served in a nice size bowl and was thick and creamy.
I had the steak and my lovely date had the hamburger. My steak was cut to medium rare and was sufficiently pink/red in the middle. Her hamburger was massive, like a squash. It was delicious and I did enjoy the thickness of the steak chips.
Dessert was sufficient with the usual options of brownie, ice cream, etc. One disappointment for my date was that they were out of the cheesecake, which was her favourite.
The service was fast, friendly, and efficient. Apart from the chairs, I struggle to find anything overwhelmingly negative to express or forewarn from our Saturday evening experience. I'd definitely return, if for nothing else than to have the wings!
OK, so I've been here a few times for lunch with a cousin of mine and I usually find it decent enough, particularly the chicken wings. The chips are basically one large potato cut into about 6 chips. Maybe the staff fancy my handsome cousin or something because the last time I went in with a group of 6 the wait staff were very slow to acknowledge our presence. I wouldn't mind but it was the middle of the day and the place was pretty quiet.
Nonetheless we were there to order drinks. My order was missed but that's ok, it happens. I ordered a mojito by the way. Note to mojito maker: Usually you don't add the stalks of the mint leaves with it.
The coffee was the crappy kind you get from a machine.
Overall Dakota is ok. Not outstanding, but you could do a lot worse.
Ooooh try the dessert! Yum yum!
For a fiver you can choose from sticky toffee pudding, chocolate brownie, some crazy raspberry cream concoction, apple and blackberry crumble and I'm sure there's something else I've missed.
I took a bunch of Canadians here the other night and they loved it. The desserts were amazing (although very sickly sweet - I would opt to share in future, but that's just me!) They did say though that this bar could be 'anywhere' - they didn't feel like they were in Dublin anymore. A good or a bad thing, depending on your outlook, I guess?
Once one of my regular watering holes back when I worked on South William Street, nowadays I don't go half as much as I should.
There's a sense of elegance when you walk in. The decor is classy with its long dark wooden tables, dim lighting and leather booths. Candles and flowers add to the ambiance as well. This atmosphere draws in an upper class clientele like the people who live in D4.
During the day, it can be quite quiet and the ideal spot to read the newspaper or chat with the barman. Dakota has a lunch menu but it's a bit pricey. At night, the pub fills up and it becomes the place to meet friends for drinks after a day at the office.
We went to this place 3 of us. It was a nice weather, so we set outside. As usual in the city center we had a few mendicants asking for change, but we are getting slowly use to this... The food was nice! We really liked it. We had vegetable soup, and bruschetta.
The major problem was the waitress served everything in the same time, so our bruschetta got cold the time we finished the soup, and the huge plates where literally hanging off the tiny table. And the coke was bad as well... I think they forgot to change the CO tank... The service was ok.
Dakota manages to merge two seemingly immiscible elements - it's classy AND low-key/relaxed. There's no pretension about it and you can just as easily pop in for a casual drink date as make a night of it with friends here.
It's a great place for groups because it's spacious - the building goes on forever towards the back - and there's lots of room for both seating and standing. A nice place to meet for parties, it's also the type of bar where you could happily stay for the night rather than ramming you and you're friends into some sweatbox of a nightclub.
One criticism would be that it doesn't have a huge amount of character - the kind of place that you could find in almost any city in the world.
I had my birthday in Dakota earlier this year. My brother, my sister's fiancée and I were all celebrating it around the same time so we decide to have a joint bash. We booked two tables in Dakota and organised a couple of platters. There was no charge for the booking but I thought the platters were only ok and way overpriced.
My sister organised a cake and they were very courteous about letting us bring it in and picking it up the next day.
I go here every now and again for drinks and I always like it. It's never too busy and the bottles of wine are really cheap. Love that!
What's the craic???
I love Dakota's!!! It's a huge pub of fun!!!
It's a great place for some pints and shots! A great place to bring a group of people and hang out in their comfy lounge chairs. It's not as touristy from what I can tell....more of a mix (irish and tourists)
What can I say, I love bars in Ireland!
One of my regular stop offs on a night out. Can be entered on either street as the bar runs between 2 (St William Street and Drury St).
Great mix of music. Dublin prices for drink but no shock there. Usually a good mix of young and older in the crowd.
Open plan so pick the right spot and you can view a good section of the bar if you're trying to catch somebodies eye....
Bar along one side only but fast friendly staff. Toilets downstairs and smoking at either entrance.
The 3 stars are mainly for the steak - pretty good for the price, but everything else was a bit... indifferent.
I used to frequent this place a bit more often on college nights out - ended up back here again with a group of friends, as some wanted food and some just wanted a drink. It seemed a good compromise. As I said, the food wasn't the low point - the steak was great, although the fries that came were a little cold. The waitress also brought everyone's drinks over, which was nice. However, my friend's whiskey sour didn't seem to have any trace of whiskey in it at all. The waitress was pleasant enough, brought it back to the bartender, and returned saying that he had put another shot into the glass. But it was still hardly detectable. Then again, he was only charged a fiver for it in the end, so I guess you get what you pay for.
In general the vibe in the place was a bit confused though. I'm not sure who the standard clientele are anymore. Another waitress came over to us in something of a panicked state and said they needed payment NOW because they were changing shift. I didn't have a problem with settling the bill, but we had had no indication of this until that point and it kind of put a downer on things. If we'd liked the place more, we might have stayed for a few more drinks. As it was, we paid up, and left for Grogans next door.
In general, the Dakota experience needs work. There are other bars and restaurants in the area who can offer more for the price.
Boring, boring, boring and stiff. The reason I gave this a two star was for the amusements its clientèle gave me. I saw in my brief stay for about 45 minutes a first date... THIS IS NOT AN IDEAL PLACE TO FIRST DATE... The music is so loud you can not have a conversation which is funny taking into account that it is a lounge kinda place where conversation abilities would be expected.
There are very limited seating options and the area where you can stand has so much traffic that coming out of there without your own drink on you instead of inside of you is a miracle.
Back to the first date... The guy was trying really hard to have a conversation with his date but she looked less than interested and looked more annoyed than anything - most likely because she could not hear what he said because of the great distance between them and the loud music. She looked like someone had put a stick up her a... so I was wondering why he even bothered... but she was beautiful and that might be the answer.
If you want to people watch on a Friday or Saturday night... this would be the place to go... but that might be a bit creepy so therefore I can not give it anything but a 2 star.
A group of girls and I went for a friends birthday. It seems posh and a nice atmosphere. Luckily we were able to get a booth pretty quickly on a Saturday night. It's chill, but it does seem there is a bit of strutting going on by both men and women. You do get a slight meat market feel. The drinks were extraordinarily over priced. It was 8.80 for a Gin and Tonic. I wouldn't go again based on the price of drinks. Bottom line, its a good atmosphere but you can't afford to drink there often!
Went there for some food and drinks on Saturday. Food was lovely, however I felt like I was on train station. Place is big and very bright.
Have to agree with Line B regarding the music. It's so loud that you can't hear yourself think never mind being able to hear what the person you're with might be saying!!!!! The price of the drink is ridiculous too even for Dublin where some places seem to think we don't mind being robbed blind. Won't be going back here!!!
I paid €14.90 for a Pint of Heineken and a Barcardi and coke on Friday night......Thats expensive. Its a pitty cause I do like the bar.
I've ended up in Dakota on occasion not always by choice but it's not like I mind. I like Dakota, it's aimed at hip 20-somethings but I've seen quite a few older people in here as well depending on the time of day. If you can, try and get one of the couches, it's even worth asking a smaller group if they'd mind sharing because they sure are roomy enough, because trust me, you don't want to spend the evening jostling for space. The staff are nice and attentive, they always seem to spot when we're ready to order a new round. The toilets are in the back though and downstairs, so hold on to the handrail when you're wearing heels.
Dakota is one of the bigger places on South William street, and has the airy interior of an oversized cocktail bar, completely with 2 bars along the whole long side of the room. The staff is quite nice, they do however seem to have high fluctuation of personnel, and you may end up with a young lady on her first shift waiting you. The sound is indifferent background-lounge, so this is more of a place for conversation than dancing. On the weekend it does get crowded, so you may have to raise your voice for any philosophical exchange that you plan to have here.
Dakota has a London feel to it. I liked the way they play a variety of retro music and all the dance classics rather than playing the same r 'n' b tunes. It's fairly easy to find a table here provided you get there before 11 pm. The bar staff are efficient and friendly so the waiting time for a drink isn't too long. There are always an interesting crowd in here. It's definitely worth going here at the weekends
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