And they’ve all grown up with a new look, a new name and new lease of life.
The wait is almost over as The Black Dog is finally ready to reopen its shiny new doors to the public.
Having closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic, the newly re-named ‘The Black Dog‘ (previously known as BDSM – which stood for Black Dog Saloon & Mezcaleria) is back with a vengeance, but it’s not just the name that’s changed.
For starters, they’ve totally revamped their exterior with a striking teal paint job and a vibrant copper trim to brighten up their corner of North Main Street.
Inside, The Black Dog has trebled the size of their kitchen in order to provide truly authentic Mexican cuisine, complete with smoked over coals on the in-house Kamado grill. Chefs at the Black Dog will be doing live fire cooking in the brand new open-style kitchen, with a different menu on offer each week.
They’ve also taken their sound system to a whole other level.
Toby Hatchett from Hatchett Sound Furniture in Timoleague is known for creating the most jaw-dropping sound systems in town, but this one is going to be the first of it’s kind in Cork city, and trust us when we say this is going to be something very special indeed.
And now, let’s talk about their spirit collection.
The Black Dog is home to one of the countries finest selections of tequila & mezcal since establishing Irelands first dedicated ‘mezcaleria’ in 2013, and if you’re wondering what the difference between tequila and mezcal is, then let me explain:
Both mezcal and tequila are made from agave, and tequila is basically one particular type of mezcal. While mezcal can be produced from up to 50 species of the agave plant, tequila can only be made from one type: agave tequilana Weber. In addition to this, agave used to make tequila is steamed in ovens, while agave used for mezcal is typically roasted in underground pits, which provide a distinct, smokey note.
It’s no doubt that Black Dog is passionate about agave spirits and they’ve placed a massive emphasis on creating innovative cocktails in order to bring a true taste of Mexico to North Main Street.
Although the venue is going to look different, they’re still going to keep their original recipe of authentic Mexican-inspired cocktails, award-winning beer, delicious food, and plenty of rock & roll. Doors will finally open to the public at the end of this month, so be sure to keep an eye on their Insta for live updates.