A brief history lesson
While we were in the process of opening The Mayson, the East Wall historical society got in touch with us and shared a wealth of information regarding the the heritage of the docklands area. With their help we began a deep dive into the history of No.81 North Wall Quay. In the process of this we discovered a building that had lived many lives but ultimately was defined by one. 81 North Wall Quay has a past strewn with drinking history. From the humble bottle shop to a turn of the century American cocktail bar it was many things to many people.
When we discovered that Ireland’s potentially oldest recorded cocktail bar was situated on the site of The Mayson we immediately got in touch with the one person who knows Dublin’s drinking history better than anyone. Gareth Lambe, General Manager of the Vintage Cocktail Club was astonished to discover the history of the building “I could only trace cocktails back to Madagans group and the Gresham hotel, early 20’s. Even the reference of claiming it’s the first ‘authentic’ cocktail bar is telling me Cocktails were available elsewhere in Dublin pre 1913” states Lambe.
To find out that cocktails were available in Dublin at least 10 years earlier than previously thought was mind blowing. As a city more known for pints of the black stuff than prohibition era cocktails this was incredible news to stumble upon.