Located at the Twisted Pepper Nightclub, Vice Coffee Inc. would have to be the best coffee I had while I was visiting Dublin. I have to admit, it does seem a little bit weird visiting a nightclub during the day for a coffee, but it just works. What would be an otherwise empty space during the day, has a new life, and great coffee.
The bar was dimly lit. The dance floor was empty. The flashing coloured lights turned off for the day. The neon sign behind the bar reading ‘Vice’ with an espresso machine were the only clues to know we were in the right place. There were booths and tables scattered around for seating, offering the ideal zone for a group of friends catching up.
The staff are really cool and friendly, some of the only hipsters I encountered in Dublin, and they know how to make a good coffee. It was both well prepared and presented. These guys are serious about coffee, and offer both tasking classes, and barista courses, to help others have an appreciation for coffee.
The Twisted Pepper has become quite a community space, with a few small startup businesses occupying the area within. I think it is a great initiative, and glad that a venue like this is open to sharing its space with others. It’s only going to be empty during the day otherwise, may as well make the most of it.
It is obvious that Vice Coffee Inc. is starting to make a name for itself, with a few regulars dropping by during our short time there. The Baristas are down to have a chat, offering a friendly environment. Also, a tip, make sure you get one of the brownies, at €0.50 each, they are a real bargain.
Being situated in an empty nightclub isn’t the best if you are after a cosy cafe. However, I’m sure it’s buzzing during lunch hours, and on weekends, which would help fill the large space.
I’ll be sure to recommend Vice Coffee Inc. to any of my friends visiting Dublin, and would definitely make it my regular, if only I worked nearby.