Barfly: Bang Bang bar, Teeling Whiskey Distillery

Bang Bang doesn’t shy away from the fact that it’s a working distillery

Tommy “Bang Bang” Dudley, one of Dublin’s best-loved characters, would probably be delighted to hear that the bar at the heart of the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin 8 has been named after him.

His “Bang Bang” title came from a habit of travelling around the city shooting people with a make-believe gun.

Now, his role in stitching the fabric of Dublin together has been further strengthened as his former home in the Tenter’s in Dublin is part of the distillery itself. His house was one of the first buildings the Teeling family bought as they struggled to bring Dublin whiskey back to life, and as the Teeling phoenix rose in the inner city it incorporated Bang Bang’s house, now the control room of this beautiful distillery.

The best way to reach Bang Bang’s bar is by taking the distillery tour. And what a bar: with huge round windows flooding the room with light, beautiful wooden tasting bars and stunning cylindrical “pods”, it’s a whiskey taster’s dream.

It doesn’t shy away from the fact that this is a working distillery, taking industrial design and blending it perfectly with the 21st century. Concrete floors, bare wood, big open spaces and just a touch of leather to reflect the richness of the whiskey.

A tasting of our flagship Teeling Small Batch & delicious seasonal cocktail

For €17 you get a 45-minute tour of the distillery and two drinks in the Bang Bang – a tasting of the flagship Teeling Small Batch and a seasonal cocktail.

For €22 upgrade to the Teeling Trinity Tasting – Small Batch, Single Grain and Single Malt.

With a rooftop garden and time on your side, there’s a wonderful education to be had in this exciting slice of Dublin.

The Bang Bang bar is housed on the upper floors of the Teeling Distillery, Newmarket Squaer, Dublin

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Published by Gary Quinn

Writer on the Sea Road. Gary Quinn is a writer and editor based in Dublin. He's the author of the Harper Collins book Irish Whiskey (2020) and writes about whisk(e)y for the Single Malt Shop, The Irish Times, Stories & Sips and others. He has won several national and international awards for his writing and media work.

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