Jackie’s on Francis Street in Dublin 8 is not like other pubs. It’s like stepping into the ’90s when the Spice Girls were fashion icons and keeping your Tamagotchi alive was a big deal. The sound of dial-up internet was a familiar noise and frosted tips were all the rage (they’re back in fashion, by the way). Ahhh, the ’90s.
The only thing about this pub that isn’t very ’90s is the fact that there are vegan options on the menu, and what a menu it is. It’s designed to look like a school book, complete with stickers of Rugrats and Paul McGrath, and a whole host of tasty pizzas to choose from.
The incredible Dublin Pizza Company makes five tasty pizza options for Jackie’s, including the aforementioned vegan option. They use scamorza and mozzarella from Toonsbridge in County Cork which we love. After all, Ireland has some of the best produce in the world.
There’s a long list of craft beers, draught beers, wines, shots and spirits available but the cocktails are the funnest part of the menu. Remember savouring the taste of Calpol when your mam gave it to you as a kid? Well, Jackie’s has recreated that taste in cocktail form, mixing brandy, condensed milk, oat milk and grenadine. Don’t worry, there’s no actual Calpol in it.
One very uniquely Irish option on the cocktail menu is the ‘Flat 7 Up Punch’. Really, nobody drinks that outside of Ireland but it definitely cures everything, right? Only this one contains rum so it’s more likely to give you a hangover than cure one.
Other very ’90s inspired cocktails include the ‘Solero Pornstar’, ‘Long Island Barry’s Tea’, ‘Sour Apple Chewits’ and ‘Pikachu Lemondrop’. They also pride themselves on pouring the perfect pint of Guinness at Jackie’s. We’d recommend ordering one just to admire it. Jackie’s is open from 2 pm Monday to Thursday and from 12 pm Friday to Sunday. You can book a table and read the full menu on the website.