Top and below: Before, McDonagh’s and now, ‘The Dalkey Duck’

Former ‘home of the nodge’.

Castle Street, Dalkey , County Dublin.

Oh, we’re back, baby.

Sinead writes:

Dublin’s south side has a new destination for drinks and dining. The Dalkey Duck, formerly McDonaghs’, on Dalkey’s Castle Street, has been fully refurbished to create an inviting restaurant, bar and live music venue.

With a front terrace, snug, large bar, dining room and beautiful garden and terraces for al fresco entertaining, The Dalkey Duck is the latest venture by proprietor, Gary Whelan, an Irish actor known for his work on Ballykissangel, The Bill and Eastenders.

The décor, menus and management are all new, but The Dalkey Duck retains the traditional warmth and welcome of a family run Irish gastropub

The Dalkey Duck

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59 thoughts on “The Duck?

    1. Brother Barnabas

      a full year, i’d say

      it does though have a cracking garden at the back

      but the music is muck

      when i was a teenager, you’d head into mcdonaghs to buy hash. i don’t know if the duck sells it.

        1. pedeyw

          Eddie Vedder and Johnny Depp (also maybe Slash?) both showed up there at various points in the 90s. They tried renaming a few years back, too and it reverted back to McDonagh’s.

    1. Bodger

      It was the place I secured my first nodge of whatsit back in the day. This used to be my playground. For nodges.

      1. theo kretschmar schuldorff

        Once had a very interesting evening on magic mushrooms in the Botanic House (Phibs/Glas) back in the day.
        It re-opened this week also, and also as a fancy restaurant. Tastes may have come along, but I look forward to trying it out again with a massive bag of the mountains’ psychedelic special.

  1. Pee Pee

    Whats with the English name?! Thought we ran those funts outta here. 800 years of hurt and what not….

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      It’s a stupid name alright but I like English pub names. The Slug and Lettuce. The Trout Inn. I get a bit bored of surname pubs.

    2. Cian

      Hmmm.. The other pubs in Dalkey are:
      – The Kings Inn
      – The Queens Bar
      – The Magpie Inn
      – The Club Bar
      – Finnegan’s

      5 ‘English pub names’ Vs 1 surname

        1. Cian

          Yeah, in Dublin there is a mix too (stolen from wki)

          The Bleeding Horse
          The Brazen Head
          The George, Dublin
          Porterhouse Brewery
          The Stag’s Head
          Davy Byrne’s pub
          O’Donoghue’s Pub

          1. Brother Barnabas

            yes the pubs are owned by the breweries not the families but the breweries are owned by the families not the pubs

          2. The Old Boy

            A few Dublin pubs have the quirk of being “named” but universally known by a surname, often of a long since departed owner, eg

            The Capstan – Fallon’s
            The Castle Lounge – Grogan’s
            The Deer’s Head – O’Reilly’s
            The Red Parrot – O’Mara’s

            I’m sure there are plenty of others, but I can’t think of them off the top of my head. There must be more still that probably lost their old (non-family) names through habitual use over the years.

      1. pedeyw

        The Kings Inn used to be Hogan’s. Also I think the name refers the King of Dalkey, rather than any English connotation.

    3. Spaghetti Hoop

      Some funts stayed and got jobs in our national broadcaster who paid them enormous salaries to allow them to grow roots in certain neighborhoods with funtist pub names and to generally keep the funtism going.

  2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    Heh. Retains the traditional warmth of a family-run Irish gastropub.
    Ah yes. I remember those days of yore, going to gastropubs in my youth for a pack a tayto and a bottle a TK. I remember fondly the stench of carvery later in the day in those family-run gastropubs.

    1. The Old Boy

      The whole idea of buying dinner in a pub, as opposed to an occasional toasted sandwich, is still something of an alien concept to me. The few pubs I knew that served food at home were old-fashioned coaching inns that usually had quite separate bar, lounge and restaurant sections. I must admit I avoided “Sunday carvery” type places.

      When I first went to England, the fact that the pubs seemed to depend on selling mediocre food as much as they did on serving drinks was as bizarre and unwelcome as the fruit machines in the corner. Now most of the pubs in Dublin seem to be at it.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        there are few things worse than getting nicely settled with a pint to find those next to you eating a big smelly dinner. it ruins everything.

        you go to the pub before your dinner, after your dinner or instead of your dinner. and that’s how it should stay.

      2. Spaghetti Hoop

        I couldn’t disagree more – I love that we have moved away from the bellyful of pints evening out to civilised pub suppers with the family. I’m a fan of the Basque style of wine/beer with pintxos – seems far healthier. Granted the Harvester and Wetherspoon chains in Britain won’t set the culinary world ablaze but their menus are so affordable and consistent.
        Those pesky fruit machines however belong in some disused warehouse – can o’petrol and a match.

        1. The Old Boy

          I think it is great that there are now so many more alternatives to the “bellyful of pints evening out”. What I dislike is palaces of pint-sinking tacking on rubbish food to their offerings. There has been an explosion in restaurants with family-friendly, casual service serving a variety of cuisines with good drinks at prices that compare favourably with any pub. Considering the quality of pub food as I have generally encountered it, at prices that are rarely a bargain, I can’t fathom why people would chose it over a mid-range restaurant for the sort of evening out you describe. Each to their own, I suppose.

  3. Capitan Alatriste

    I thought bodger spent all his time in West dublin seeking greater political participation from werking class wimmen.

    1. Termagant

      I remember it being quite reasonable but I’ve never been there as a first port of call so to speak so my judgement might not be to be trusted

          1. Spaghetti Hoop

            Try getting a haircut as a woman. Friggin’ disgrace. Not even a newspaper to read either.

  4. nellyb

    Once there was another Duck, Hungry and long ago
    “Ask Moscow veterans about the bar and the most common response is a long, regretful groan. “Everything you’ve heard about it is conservative,” Peter Lavelle says, a hint of fear in his voice. “That place changed people.””

  5. Cloud

    When the original McDonagh family sold up, it was taken over by some Ferrari-driving Tiger entrepreneurs who spent massive money redeveloping the place into something not unlike Tony Montana’s gaf in Scarface…then promptly ran it into the ground.

    At the time, newly named “Ivory” was so awash with cocaine the management used to have to smear vaseline over all the surfaces in the cubicles. A different time.

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