Cocktails at the Morrison

April 23, 2013
hotel irish art {Artwork for the hotel was commissioned from Irish artists. Those blocks on the left were done by artist David Quinn.}

Last week, I stopped by the Morrison Hotel on Ormond Quay (hurrah North side!) for a few drinks and a little tour of the hotel’s recent renovation. It’s so fun to see the inside of Dublin hotels since we rarely stay in them. But I get a lot of emails asking for recommendations, so I like to know what the options are

morrison decor {Above photos by Julie Matkin}

You might not notice the Morrison Hotel from the outside – it’s very understated. In fact, you might not even realize it’s a hotel! But the newly renovated inside is chic and bright, and feels very cosmopolitan. We were there on early on a Wednesday evening and the place was buzzing with a set of very cool customers.

morrison penthouse We got a little tour of some of the rooms. The hotel has a music theme, so the rooms each reflect that – artwork that looks like sound clouds, white lantern lamps with bass clef cut-outs (above left), and even lyrics from Irish artists on the wall in each room. The theme was subtle but kind of lovely once you knew to look for it!

girls mirror {Me, Alex, Rincy and Julie. Photo by me, obviously, and edited by Rincy!}

We also got a peek into their art gallery, which they use for functions (including weddings!). There was a huge mirror on the wall. Apparently it was the only thing that stayed during the original renovation of the space. I wouldn’t have wanted to move it either!  morrison drink and wall And then we had cocktails. They were delicious and pretty. Each week a member of the bar staff gets to come up with a new cocktail of the week – with a little friendly voting on Facebook to keep the bartenders on their toes!

morrison food If you make it to the Morrison, you have to order their deep fried olives. I’m not usually a fan of deep fried things, but they’re delicious green olives stuffed with cheese and lightly fried. But if you’re not an olive person (Michael, I’m looking at you), try the smoked salmon on house baked treacle bread – made with the chef’s granny’s recipe!

Morrison Hotel, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1


  • Reply David Quinn April 26, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Hi Emily,
    Thanks for the mentioning my work in the Morrison Hotel. The link you posted is however to another Irish artist called David Quinn’s site. If you would like to see more of my work I have a site :
    Nice blog !
    all the best

    • Reply emily April 26, 2013 at 7:47 am

      Well, that certainly makes more sense! I’ve changed the link, David. Sorry about that! Loved your work!

  • Reply David Quinn April 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks for that Emily, I have another set of thirty-six paintings in the upcoming RHA Annual exhibition. It opens on May 28. Also I am working towards my next solo show which will open next Spring in the Taylor Galleries. If you and your friends would like to come along email me your details and I will put you on the list.
    Good photographs by the way.
    all the best,

  • Reply Emma (fluff and fripperies) May 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Hey Emily, lovely post – your pics are fabulous! It was lovely meeting you and being part of the group at the Morrison. I have already been back several times – I’m planning to work my way through that cocktail menu!

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