Ely Wine Bar
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Ely Wine Bar on Ely Place, Dublin, the popular venue has undergone an incredible transformation over the first three weeks of January.
The project involved the total redesign of the Georgian building’s interior and the introduction of a stunning new layout.
Included in the major refurbishment programme are new state of the art acoustic ceilings, a totally new bar area, new spaces for corporate diners, as well as new lighting and furnishings throughout.
The new interior was designed by EEDI Studio, with Keely Construction as fit out contractors.
The new wood panelling on the walls is complemented by unique linen coverings that pay homage to the wild Co Clare landscape that provides so much of the restaurant’s food offering.
Pride of place downstairs is a series of state-of-the-art wall fridges to ensure Ely’s wines are kept and served at exactly the right temperatures. Classic cocktails, excellent cognacs, armagnacs and vodkas plus premium Irish whiskies, gins and craft beers add to the Ely experience.
Eavan English, founder, owner and principal designer of EEDI Studio said: “The project involved a complete re-design of the interior, increasing emphasis on the wine element.
“The building is Georgian with beautifully proportioned high-ceilinged rooms with the interior set over basement and ground floor levels. Our vision was to create a multi-layered textured atmosphere that would improve with age, because the client wanted a more timeless look rather than following transient trends.
“To achieve this, we have selected classic natural materials including leather, with a palette of earthy tones such as greens, greys and browns reflecting the natural landscape.
“We also took an image of an old, weathered tree and had it printed onto linen creating a bespoke mural complementing the wooden wall panelling.”
On entering the interior, the initial reception space features a Georgian fireplace enhanced by new shelving. To the left are two windows overlooking the street, and a new oak clad service bar and wine display.
Within the main dining room on the ground floor, curved leather clad seating booths have been installed in the alcoves. Furniture includes 1930s style cane backed bentwood chairs, tables with leather insets, together with feature lighting including glass lamps suspended from steel rods. The walls are oak panelled with printed linen murals above, interspersed with distressed mirrors.
Downstairs is the main bar area complete with new oak clad bar with woven leather clad frontage, with the overall design palette similar to the dining room, but with different detailing.
Seating is in a combination of bar stools, high sharing tables, and tables and chairs, and there is also a small dining area with booth seating. A key focal point is the floor to ceiling 3m long walkway of refrigerated wine displays. A new acoustic ceiling was also installed on this level to soften sound from the floor above.
Eavan English concluded: “Working within such a historic building and a Protected Structure presented a plethora of challenges, however these were overcome. The project has completely transformed the venue, the client is delighted with the result and Keely Construction and the whole project team did a good job. Customer feedback has also been very positive.”
Ely director and owner Erik Robson said: “It’s hard to believe that 20 years have gone by since Michelle and I started Ely in 1999. It has been a terrific journey, full of highlights, thanks in the main to our loyal customers, and also to our great staff and suppliers.
“To celebrate those 20 years we felt it was time for a refresh. We like to think we have kept the best of what has made Ely successful – our great staff, our award-winning wine list and our food with its exceptional Irish provenance. What we have done is to give it a totally new setting which we hope will only enhance the enjoyment of what we have to offer our customers.”
Menus have been carefully crafted by Executive Chef, Ryan Stringer, playing on the growing popularity of sharing plates.
Highlights include prawns a la plancha, organic Burren steak tartare and crispy cod cheeks. The new menu also offers a selection of snacks served from 3pm. From organic Burren pork rillettes to a 16-month aged comté, there is the perfect accompaniment to any glass of wine – something Ely staff are only too happy to advise on.