Since opening in 2012, VCC has been at the helm of Ireland’s cocktail culture, but if you walk too quickly down Crown Alley in Dublin’s Temple Bar neighborhood, you just might miss it. In true speakeasy style, this cocktail bar is hidden behind a discreet black door that simply says "VCC." Those ‘20s-era vibes continue inside, too, with antique furniture, vintage trinkets, and a fireplace inside the three-floor (plus rooftop deck) bar. The cocktail menu features a history lesson in drinking culture through the centuries, categorizing drinks by the era in which they reached popularity. The bar’s punches, which were a favorite in the early 1600s, for example, come before “Golden Age of the Cocktail” drinks, like the classic whiskey smash. VCC offers its own takes on these classics, too, making for one of the most extensive bar menus this side of the city center. Take, for example, the Manhattan section of the menu, where you can find the Fernet It, made with tequila and Fernet Branca, and rounded out with sweet vermouth, Green Chartreuse, VCC porter, gomme syrup, Orinoco Bitters, and lemon oils.