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Top chill-out spots for sunny days


Locals having fun at Dublin's Grand Canal Dock. Photo: Tony Gavin

Locals having fun at Dublin's Grand Canal Dock. Photo: Tony Gavin

Locals having fun at Dublin's Grand Canal Dock. Photo: Tony Gavin

Grand Canal Dock and Dublin's Docklands: Herbstreet for the entire brunch menu but especially the stack of blueberry pancakes and melted orange butter. CHQ for the exceptional wine list and indoors when it gets cool.

The H Bar for the best atmosphere - especially for pre-theatre shows. Charlotte Quay for healthy nibbles and The Marker Hotel rooftop for spectacular views, and couches you can sink into with a chilled glass of wine.

Morans on the Weir, Galway

You can get a real taste of Ireland at Morans with fresh local oysters and seafood which perfectly complement the stunning views over the weir.

Belluci's, Ballsbridge, Dublin

During RDS events and Aviva match days in particular, the Italian in Dublin's Ballsbridge is the only terrace in town to grace. The week of Dublin's Horse Show is a must - but it's booked out weeks in advance. A new al fresco menu starts today.

Balfes, off Grafton Street, Dublin

With a fantastic menu and prime location, the place to meet for Grafton Street shoppers and friends.

The Unicorn, Merrion Row, Dublin

Despite the white table cloths, you can laugh as loud as you want over a bottle of wine or three and not feel you are disturbing the other customers.

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Harry's Shack, Portstewart, Northern Ireland

Kick off your shoes and put your toes in the sand. The amazing seafood and views makes for an unforgettable experience.

Best of the rest

The Weir Rooms in Cork city and The Glebe Cafe in Baltimore Co Cork; The River Court, Co Kilkenny; The Terrace at Robinson & Cleaver, Belfast

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