A new rooftop bar is set to open in Cork City in the coming days.
It may seem like an unusual time for a new bar to be opening its doors, with the grand opening coming amidst Covid-19 restrictions, but the proprietors of Sophie's at the Dean Hotel will be banking on a cocktail of local suppliers, international and Irish flavours, and a knockout view of Cork City to help them to get off the ground.
Sophie's will be located on the sixth floor of the Dean Hotel on Horgan's Quay, which is part of the new HQ Development of offices, hotel, and retail in an area adjacent to the city's train station.
The bar is the sister bar/restaurant of the establishment of the same name in Dublin City centre, which was located at the centre of last year's 'Swing-gate' controversy involving former Fine Gael TD for Dún Laoghaire, Maria Bailey.
Ms Bailey fell off a swing in the bar and allegedly injured herself. She later took a personal injuries action against the Dean Hotel, in which the bar is located.
In circuit court proceedings, she accused the hotel of negligence, as the swing was unsupervised at the time of the incident in 2015 — the year before she was elected as a TD — and that no instructions on using the swing had been provided.
She later dropped the case.
The new bar will seat 150 people and features a reclaimed wooden roof, a wood-fired pizza oven, and two outdoor heated and covered terraces — both offering views of the River Lee.
As with its Dublin counterpart, Sophie's will house indoor swings, which it says are perfect for taking photographs.
Its menu, described as 'New York-Italian-inspired', will include many local dishes and suppliers, including Castletownbere crab, butter and yoghurt from Glenilen Farm in Drimoleague, and cured meats and cheese from Gubbeen Farmhouse.
Ian Madden, general manager at Sophie’s at The Dean Cork, said the menu would combine the best of "international and Irish flavours", and that the weekend brunch menu would have "something for everyone".
Bookings at Sophie’s Restaurant Cork are now available for indoor and outdoor dining from December 11.
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, tables can only be reserved for a maximum of six people.