Shelbourne Social by Dylan McGrath

Shelbourne Social by Dylan McGrath


Building 1,
Number One Ballsbridge,
Shelbourne Rd,
Ballsbridge, Dublin

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Shelbourne Social promises to deliver a dynamic boost to South Dublin’s social scene, with a contemporary restaurant and bar featuring cutting-edge design elements.

In what is one of the most anticipated new restaurant openings of the year, the official opening date for Shelbourne Social by Dylan McGrath — part of the landmark Shelbourne One scheme at No. 1 Shelbourne Road in the elegant district of Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

An investment in excess of €3 million has gone into creating the contemporary 85-seat venue, which incorporates a modern restaurant offering, with a relaxed and informal style of dining, while the bar at Shelbourne Social is a relaxed space, with a bold and daring cocktail selection filled with innovative and creative flavour pairings.

For Shelbourne Social, Dylan McGrath has created innovative food menus for contemporary dining flanked by a number of well-known Irish chefs who are now part of his development team, namely Rory Carville, Gavin McDonagh, Bernard McGuane and Mohamed Ouchbakou, who have all been working with Dylan in his development kitchen for the past number of months creating the Shelbourne Social menus.

Dylan McGrath said, “For Shelbourne Social we have created a bright and vibrant venue designed for sharing food, drinks, stories and experiences together. The modern restaurant will offer a relaxed and informal style of eating out, while the bar will have an eclectic beer and wine selection, extensive spirits and aperitivo list, as well as some of the best bar bites in town. I like to think of it as being a seductively social loft, which will be the perfect place to get together and remind yourself what the 'social' is all about.”

The new venue — designed by award-winning Harcourt Architects — has an impressive footprint of 6,500 square feet, and incorporates a diverse and inviting sequence of social spaces, including large-scale, light-filled gathering areas along with intimate dining and cocktail niches.

The interior design is by London outfit 20.20 Limited — award-winning hospitality designers who have designed the hospitality suites at Arsenal Football club, London Stadium, The Royal Ascot, Etihad Stadium and Anfield — and it centres on delivering sophistication, luxury and a playful, urban vibe to the heart of Ballsbridge. Key to Dylan McGrath and his team choosing this interior design team was 20:20 Limited’s collaborations with Neworld Associates, an Irish brand design company that Dylan’s group has used from the beginning and who bring a deep understanding of Dylan and his concepts, and who were recently behind the brand design of Adare Manor, Mount Juliet Bewleys and The Irish Open.

To honour the unique history of the Shelbourne One site as renowned glasshouse manufacturer Richard Turner's Hammersmith Ironworks, considerable care was taken by the project architects to use the best of Irish craftsmen to undertake the joinery and metal works.

Located on the most prominent corner of the impressive new Ballsbridge One scheme, and in proximity to the Aviva Stadium and Dublin’s tech hub at Grand Canal Dock, Shelbourne Social is set to become a central and vibrant feature of the social life of Shelbourne Road and south Dublin.

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