The 14 Best Bars In Dublin
Everyone has their favourite bars, pubs, and restaurants, and when it comes to Dublin bars opinions are sacred. James Joyce once said: “What an interesting puzzle it would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub” and he was right (we’ve tried). So, if puzzling over Dublin’s least alcoholic route is too much, and you’ve chosen to accept Dublin for the city it is, then look no further to find the best bars in Dublin.
Temple Bar, 13-17 Fleet St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 WD51, Ireland
For a lively, vibrant, and contemporary atmosphere look no further than the Buskers Bar. Hosting live music seven days a week and serving delicious food and a range of cocktails, this bar is a great starting point for your Dublin night out. Buskers also run a few cocktail making classes, so that you can impress friends and family once you get home or once you are back in your serviced apartment.
16-18 Parliament St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 VR94, Ireland
Opened in 1996, Porterhouse Temple Bar was Dublin’s first pub brewery. Serving food, drinks, and a variety of live music, this bar has grown and now there are Porterhouses across Dublin, and even one in Covent Garden, London. The Plain Porter Stout has also won a gold medal from the international brewing industry awards. So if you live stout, beer, and a buzzing atmosphere, then Porterhouse Temple Bar is right up your street.
7-8 Capel St, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland
One of Dublin’s most well-known gay bars, Pantibar opened in 2007 and since then has been all the rage of the LGBTQ community in Dublin. With bright red exteriors and landmark lights, Pantibar is easily seen and once inside you will be greeted by drag, music, and drinks. Panti’s pale ale is brewed locally and captures delicate fruity, bubbly tastes, so don’t forget to try it!
43 Aungier St, Dublin 2, D02 KP08, Ireland
Slowing it down (a little bit) from the dances and vibrancy of Pantibar, The Lucky Duck provides an elegant and cosy scene. This stylish “neighbourhood pub” serves cocktails with intense flavours and the bar aims to produce drinks that are sustainable with less waste involved in the experience. The Lucky Duck also serves a great range of food on the upper floors with meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes.
47-48 Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 N725, Ireland
Possibly one of the most famous bars in Dublin, The Temple Bar is an unmissable stop on your bar tour around Dublin. Located in the heart of the city, this is a traditional Irish bar, with live music, food, and drink is a popular favourite among tourists. The bar has also been host to some renowned artists such as Biffy Clyro, Aloe Black, and Paulo Nutini.
51 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
One of the oldest bars in Dublin and licensed since 1766, The Long Hall gives visitors a unique Victorian decor with dark polished wood and woodwork throughout. For a classic pub with charm and character, this is a must.
18/19 Francis Street, The Liberties, Dublin, Ireland
Whether you fancy the experience of the BYO Cocktail Bar, The Taproom or The Taco Truck, this interestingly different venue will serve you great drinks and food. Drop Dead Twice offers craft beers from around the world and will tailor drinks to suit your parties.
1 Fownes Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 WP21, Ireland
The Foggy Dew is located on Central Bank Square right in the city centre. This bar makes the perfect spot for meeting friends before heading out into Dublin. A blend of traditional Victorian decor with contemporary Irish charm, The Foggy Dew provides great service with live music ranging from reggae to rock. A quiet drink with your family, or pre-drinks before dancing the night away, whatever you feel this bar is the place.
1-2 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland
J.W. Sweetman is a craft brewery set on the river bank, which prides itself on high-quality drinks and food. The pub began life as the home of The Dublin Library Society and nowadays hosts an individual experience where guests can view the brewing process.
3 Fade St, Dublin, Ireland
The Bar With No Name, was named after no name was given after the bar opened 10 years ago. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the bar hosts live J’s and also serves tasty food every weekend.
11. The Church
Junction of Mary St. and, Jervis St, Dublin, D01 YX64, Ireland
Built in the early 1700s the church itself was restored in 1997 and took seven years to return it to its former glory. In 2005 The Church reopened its doors as a bar, and since then has increased in popularity. The Church hosts a number of events and is open for private hire. As well as serving delicious food and drink, the experience is worth a visit alone.
Centenary House, Anne’s Lane, Anne Street South, Dublin, D02 AK30, Ireland
Zozimus is a bar located just a short walk from the main tourist attractions and tourist hotspots of Dublin. The venue combines a mix of Asian dishes with an Irish bar and a selection of cocktails bursting with flavour will tantalise tastebuds just as much as the food.
13. Cafe En Seine
40 Dawson St, Dublin, Ireland
Elegance, iconic, and style, are just some of the words that describe this bar, but even they don’t do it justice. This Art Noveau bar offers a relaxed experience on Dawson Street, just a short walk from Temple Bar and the shops. Cafe En Seine spans three floors with views of Dublin and even an indoor street garden.
South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, D02 XY71, Ireland
Chelsea Drugstore is one of Dublin’s most popular bars, with bohemian vibes. This cosy bar was originally a pharmacy up until the 20th century but now the medicine it sells is beautifully created cocktails with the opportunity to take one of their master classes in mixology.
15. P. Mac’s
30 Stephen Street Lower, Dublin, D02 XY61, Ireland
P.Macs pub is Dublin’s answer to a rock/alternative bar. Decorated with all sorts of candles, this grunge bar serves some of the best wings, burgers, and ragu in town. Fancy a board game or two whilst you drink a beverage from the extensive list of beer and wines? Then P.Mac’s is your place.
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