The Ivy – Merivale’s latest addition to the stable


I don’t want to like any of the Merivale bars but I just can’t help myself. Hemmesphere is one of my favourite rooms in the city and now there is the sumptuous IVY.

First reactions, the service was abysmal, it was a Wednesday evening, it was pretty quiet, there were loads of staff and still it took 10 minutes to get a bottle of beer. For a new venue of this size and financial outlay I want to be greeted, shown to a seat and then plied with alcohol all night. The decor is amazing and on the weekend it’s going to be on everyone’s list, if only for a quick look around. I love to hate it. Sort the service out and I’ll just plain love it.

Mad Cow
a New York-style grill with the Peter Doyle designed menu with Head Chef Chris Whitehead at the helm

The Patio
outdoor space centred around the Japanese Maple and a spectacular spiral staircase

ivy bar
the hub: an urban style bar with views across The Patio

ivy lounge
cocktail heaven: Mikey Enright’s most creative cocktail menu ever

a modern twist on traditional teppanyaki with a menu created by Shaun Presland

The Den
an intimate space with warm furnishings and live musicians

The Terrace
open-air with chic cabanas overlooking the buzz of the lower floors

Royal George
a traditional British Alehouse, complete with quality pub food