Dublin is a cosmopolitan and modern city, famous for its friendly atmosphere, traditional music and lively nightlife. Dublin is the place to be if you want to have fun (or craic as Irish people say) and experience traditional music shows! So, here is my go-to list of the 10 best pubs in Dublin:
1. Temple Bar
Temple Bar is obviously the most FAMOUS pub in Dublin, giving its name to the quarter Temple Bar. You have to see it and take a picture of its beautiful exterior, but as you might guess, it is a very touristy pub and always crowded!
Address: 47-48 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM–2:30 AM
O’Flaherty’s is a traditional Irish pub located in Temple Bar, the famous quarter, known for its dozens of pubs and lively nightlife. This pub is a must-visit for the live music; bands are playing both traditional and modern music, which is very good for a fun night out with friends. You will surely hear the famous Irish pub songs as well as other classic songs. O'Flaherty’s is part of the Old Storehouse, another great pub.
Address: 3 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
Opening Hours: 12 PM–11.30 PM
3. The Bernard Shaw
The Bernard Shaw is the hipster place to be, located a bit out of the city centre, which makes the place less touristy. There is a small dance floor inside and a big courtyard. In the courtyard, you’ll surprisingly find an old bus in which you can eat pizzas! How fun! The price for a pizza ranges from 8 EUR to 11 EUR (9.53 USD to 13.10 USD).
The Bernard Shaw
Address: 11 – 12 South Richmond St, Dublin 2
Opening Hours: Open Mon – Fri 4 PM until late Sat 1 PM–1 AM Sun 1 AM–11 PM
4. The Stag’s Head
The Stag’s Head is located in the city centre; it is one of the oldest bars in town. It was built in 1770 and it is entirely decorated in the Victorian style. As its name says, the bar is decorated with a big stag’s head in the manner of a hunting trophy. This pub is like a time machine bringing you back to the 18th century! A pint of Guinness is about 5 EUR (5.95 USD) there, whereas it reaches 7 EUR (8.34) in most pubs in town. The Stag’s Head was awarded the best pub in Ireland by National Hospitality in 2016, and best traditional pub in Ireland by Sky Bar Awards 2016.
The Stag's Head
Address: 1 Dame Court, Dublin 2
Opening Hours: Open Mon to Thurs 11 AM to 12 AM Fri to Sun 24/7
5. The Celt
This traditional pub is very tiny and always crowded! Local musicians play traditional music every night; you surely won’t resist clapping and dancing to the beat of the music. If you want to meet friends to have a chat, this place is not recommended since you’ll have to yell as it is very noisy! But you’ll have an amazing time, trust me!
Address: 81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
Opening Hours: 10 AM–11.30 PM all week Fri–Sat 10 AM–12.30 AM
6. The Market Bar
The Market Bar is not a classic pub but a gastro bar and tapas restaurant designed to look like a marketplace. This is the perfect location for a night out with a big group of colleagues/friends, as the place is huge. For group bookings of 10 and more people you can get the tapas menu priced at 16.95 EUR (19.40 USD). With this menu, the all table gets all types of tapas and quantities are enormous! Tapas include cheese, toast and marmalade, olives, meats, nachos, tortillas, guacamole, potatoes and more. If you are with a party of fewer than 10 people, everyone can choose their own tapas.
The Market Bar
Address: 14A Fade Street, Dublin
Opening Hours: Mon–Thurs: 12 PM–11:30 PM Fri - Sat: 12 PM–1:30 AM, Sun: 12 PM–11 PM
7. Idlewild Bar
Idlewild Bar is decorated in an old fashioned way with colourful sofas and ancient lamps … you might feel as though you are in Gatsby’s house in there! The place is quite small and the lounge side is very cosy, which makes the atmosphere very intimate. Apparently, back in the 1940’s, another Idlewild Bar was built at JFK Airport in New York, USA and catered to mafia friends, legendary artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, and Dean Martin, and even to President JFK and Marilyn Monroe. The legend says the owner of the bar was Irish. The bar serves all kind of drinks including beers, cocktails, spirits and wines.
Address: 14 Fade St, Dublin 2
Opening Hours: Mon–Wed: 4 PM to 11:30 PM Thurs: 4 PM to 12:30 AM Fri–Sat: 3 PM to 1:30 AM Sun: 3 PM to 11:30 PM
8. Fade Street Social
If the weather is nice, do not miss Fade Street Social for its rooftop Winter Garden. The rooftop is lovely, although a bit small; perfect for dates and small groups of people. You can enjoy the sun while admiring the magnificent brick buildings from the other side of the road. The Winter Garden is also available for private hire (contact details on the website).
Fade Street Social
Address: 6 Fade Street, Dublin 2
Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs 5.00 PM to 10.30 PM Frid & Sat 5.00 PM to 11 PM
Sinnott’s is located just next to Stephen’s Green shopping centre (deserving a stop for its beautiful interior), and located in a basement. It is a great place for sports lovers and the first venue for watching live sporting events. There are big screens and lot of seats for large crowds.
Address: South King Street, Dublin 2
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 10 AM – 11:30 PM Fri & Sat 10 AM – 2:30 AM Sunday 12:30 – 11 PM
McGrattans is a huge bar located a bit out of the city centre, perfect if you decide to go out with your crew for sports events such as rugby games. There is a small porch where people can smoke and sit on old sofas without being completely outside in the cold (let’s be honest, in Ireland it is cold most of the time). As the place is big, you can find good spots without it feeling too crowded.
Address: 76 Fitzwilliam Lane, Baggot Street, Dublin 2
Opening Hours: 10.30 AM–11.3 0PM, Fri & Sat 10.30 AM–2.00 AM
Visit Ireland not only for its pubs!
Now that you have a good knowledge of Dublin’s best pubs, I hope you will find your dream bar! However, do not forget that bars are not the only good thing about Ireland. This small country hosts the most beautiful landscapes and natural sights, amongst them the Connemara National Park, Killarney National Park, the lovely Galway, the impressive Giant’s Causeway and many more … so book a flight and go on an Irish road trip ASAP!
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