Whether you’re getting hitched in the majestic rolling hills of the Irish countryside or before the beautiful urban backdrop of Dublin’s City Centre, Ireland has plenty of amazing alternative wedding venues to choose from. With so many couples opting for intimate and more unconventional venues to celebrate their nuptials, restaurants have become more and more popular options for weddings in recent years. Today we’re taking a look at some of the most impressive restaurant venues around the country…Medley, Dublin City CentreSet in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre, Medley is one of the newest and most exciting restaurant venues open to weddings. A modern, open, airy event space on Fleet Street East with chic yet warm interiors, Medley specialises in international cuisines and can create a bespoke menu entirely personalised to your day. From the open cooking station and the cocktail bar to the dancefloor, Medley is a wedding venue that offers more than the traditional.Find out more about Medley here.Beaufield Mews, DublinFour miles from Dublin City Centre lies what has been dubbed “the oldest restaurant in Dublin”; beautiful Beaufield Mews. Beaufield Mews is set in 18th Century stables, and both the original Coachhouse and courtyard have been lovingly restored to create a unique and impressive space with a wonderful ambience. Private Rose gardens provide the perfect backdrop to the all-important wedding photos, while guests are sure to be bowled over by the stunning modern Irish fare on offer.For more on Beaufield Mews, click here.The Station House Hotel & Signal Restaurant, MeathA former railway station set in the heart of Co. Meath, the Station House Hotel and its award-winning Signal Restaurant is an ideal spot for an intimate wedding. The country house has been beautifully restored by the Slattery family, and the Signal Suite, converted from the original Signal Box is the perfect spot for the happy couple to retire to after the celebrations.Find out more about the award-winning Signal Restaurant here.Empire Bar & Grill, Swords, DublinA truly alternative spot for a wedding celebration, the Empire Bar & Grill in Swords offers a modern, funky space for couples to enjoy a laid-back and fun day. Summer weddings can benefit from al fresco dining on the beautiful garden terraces and with the stunning Swords Castle only steps away, there are some gorgeous options for wedding photos.For more on Empire Bar & Grill click here.The Red Door Country House Hotel, DonegalThe Red Door Country House in Inishowen County Donegal, weddingsonline’s Restaurant Venue of the Year 2017, is a venue bursting with character and charm. The Red Door Country House is located on the banks of Lough Swilly in the historic village of Fahan in Co. Donegal. Nestled amongst mature trees and landscaped gardens, this exclusive setting boasts unrivalled scenery, a homely atmosphere and impressive menu options.For more on the Red Door, click here.The Angler’s Rest, Strawberry Beds, DublinThe Angler’s Rest is a venue enjoying increasing popularity as an alternative venue for an intimate and unique wedding day. The stunning setting on the banks of the River Liffey at the Strawberry Beds combined with its tremendous reputation for fine food and its proximity to Dublin city centre make The Angler’s Rest an ideal choice for couples looking for an impressive and memorable wedding venue near the capital. Wedding photos can be taken at the nearby Pheonix Park as well as at the beautiful backdrop of the venue itself.Click here to find out more about the Angler’s Rest.No 25 Fitzwilliam Place and Suesey Street Restaurant, DublinThe fabulous No. 25 Fitzwilliam Place is a sophisticated and romantic wedding venue in the heart of the city. This beautiful Georgian townhouse is your own private house for the day and has been lovingly restored with a blend of unique period features and more contemporary decor. No. 25 can cater for 60 guests (or groups of 100 if you have your ceremony on-site as well) and prides itself on its incredible menu opportunities. Its sister restaurant Suesey Street which is located next door is another stylish, intimate city centre offering with a more casual ambience.For more about both Fitzwilliam Place & Suesey Street click here.Wrights Findlater Howth, DublinWith unrivalled views to Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island, Wrights Findlater is located opposite the Dart Station in the heart of Howth Village on Dublin’s East Coast. A very unique venue, offering a variety of different options for intimate weddings accommodating from 20 to 120 guests, Findlater has become a firm favourite for couples looking for alternative venues with beautiful sea views. Options include Civil Weddings on our Sky Bar Terrace overlooking the sea, dinner in our restaurant and dancing in your own exclusive Skybar nightclub on the 3rd floor.Read more about Wrights here…The Smugglers Inn, KerrySet in a spectacular location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Ballinskelligs Bay on the Ring of Kerry, this award winning, family run restaurant is perfect for couples after a unique and alternative setting with stunning photo opportunities. A foodie haven, The Smugglers Inn are renowned for their top class menu and amazing service and can cater for both big and small celebrations.For more about The Smugglers Inn click here.
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