Dating back to 1780, the building was used as a bonded spirit warehouse from 1921. It was known locally as ‘STACK N’ – a reference to its position on the north side of Waring Street and the building still bears a giant red painted ‘N’ on its brick façade. The distinctive external wooden structure is another original feature, which, following careful restoration frames the venue’s highly popular beer garden to the front of the complex, with a new contemporary courtyard stretching out to Hill Street.
Inside, low ceilings supported by exposed wooden beams and original brick walls throughout nod to the past. The Dirty Onion has a partnership with Jameson Irish Whiskey which serves to showcase the heritage of the building further – paying homage to the tens of thousands of Jameson barrels and crates that passed through the building, which was operated by Edward Dillon Bonders [now a subsidiary of Irish Distillers/Dillon Bass].
The Dirty Onion encourages its patrons to continue this legacy, through the great tradition of companionable imbibing: ceoil agus craic!
The building is also home to the popular Yardbird, a free-range chicken rotisserie restaurant, set on the second floor.
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