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Celtic Cocktail Trail

The Columbus suburb of Dublin embraces all things Irish 365 days a year.

Jessica Kittrell is a restaurateur, but she’s also a mother. So when she and her husband, Thad, decided to open 101 Beer Kitchen in Dublin in 2012, they knew they wanted to cater to families. 

“They can go to have a really great scratch-made meal, but they can still take their kids,” she says. 

Beer Kitchen 101 offers both a familiar kids menu for the little ones and an impressive craft beer list for adults. The restaurant is also a location on the 11-stop Celtic Cocktail Trail, serving a Muck of the Irish drink that one of the eatery’s bartenders created as a special last year. 

“It’s Watershed gin, it has a basil-spinach simple syrup, fresh lime juice and a splash of champagne,” explains Kittrell. “We serve that up with a lime twist and a Luxardo cherry is sunk in the bottom.”

Dublin’s Celtic Cocktail Trail debuted in February, encouraging Dubliners and thirsty travelers to get better acquainted with the Columbus suburb. After earning all 11 stamps on the Celtic Cocktail Trail passport (the local visitors bureau advises against attempting this in one night), travelers get a T-shirt for their effort. Stamps are awarded for any qualifying drink purchase, although each establishment features a cocktail crafted specially for the trail. 

In the case of Tucci’s, a 20-year-old institution, that drink is a revival of an old favorite: the Celtic Twilight. 

“Our restaurant is actually a fine dining restaurant, so our focus is steak, seafood and wine,” says Christina Meehan, Tucci’s food and beverage director. “I wanted to do something tasty that fit with us, but still had that Irish heritage.”

Made with Bailey’s, Frangelico and Jameson, the Celtic Twilight is a dusky nod to Ireland’s literary history (William Butler Yeats published a collection of essays by the same name) and a perfect after-dinner drink. Meehan explains that the bitter bite of the whiskey cuts the sweetness of the liqueurs.

“I like the idea that it’s not really advertised in the restaurant,” says Meehan. “It’s sort of that secret menu that you get to participate in.” 

Go to visitdublinohio.com for information.

ON THE TRAIL: 

101 Beer Kitchen: Muck of the Irish
7509 Sawmill Rd.,Dublin 43017

The Bogey Bar & Grill: Irish Mule
6013 Glick Rd.,Powell 43065

Dublin Village Tavern: Celtic Cosmo
27 S. High St., Dublin 43017

J. Liu Restaurant & Bar: Devil’s Apple Manhattan
50 W. Bridge St., Dublin 43017

Matt the Miller’s Tavern: Dublin Iced Coffee
6725 Avery-Muirfield Dr., Dublin 43016

Mezzo Restaurant & Bar: Irish Attitude Mule
12 W. Bridge St., Dublin 43017

Ram Restaurant & Brewery: Copperless Irish Mule
6632 Longshore Dr., Dublin 43017

The Pint Room: Dublin Irish Red
4415 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Dublin 43017

Pins Mechanical Company: Leatherlip’s Revenge
6558 Riverside Dr., Dublin 43017

Tucci’s: Celtic Twilight
35 N. High St., Dublin 43017

Vaso Rooftop Lounge: Liffey’s Cooler
4515 Bankers Dr., Dublin 43017

Those who get their passport stamped at all locations receive a T-shirt.

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