The Irish have built a reputation for themselves as big drinkers. In fact, beer is considered as their national drink, and there are a number of tourists who visit the country specifically to try out their brews. More often than not, however, when people think of drinking in Ireland, specifically Dublin, their mental image usually leans toward enjoying a pint or two in a dark pub. What many don’t know is that alternatives to the traditional pub have emerged over the years, including the rise (pun not intended) of rooftop bars that allow visitors to enjoy fantastic views of the Irish capital. Check out this list of rooftop bars if you want to enjoy both sightseeing and a drink in Dublin, Ireland.
1. No Name Bar
It may not have a name, but this bar does come with all sorts of amusements to keep guests entertained. The comfy and cozy bar serves good food and great drinks. No Name Bar has indoor and outdoor spaces, both of which have plenty of seating space. Tents are installed outside to help protect guests from the elements.
No Name Bar
Address: 3 Fade St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Website: No Name Bar
Perched on top of the Dean Hotel, Sophie’s is the perfect option for those who want to enjoy 360-degree views of the city without being exposed to the elements. Being a restaurant and bar, guests can enjoy meals throughout the day. At night, however, the venue transforms and turns up the partying vibe, and a DJ may even come in to play some tunes to entertain guests. Pro tip: From 11 pm Thursday to Saturday, Sophie’s is open to the public with no cover charge.
Address: 33 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2, Ireland
3. Vintage Cocktail Club
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The Vintage Cocktail Club is truly appropriately named. In fact, those who have been here will be hard-pressed to answer which of the two brings crowds in the most: its award-winning cocktails or its vintage feel. Its ambience and decor recall the speakeasies of yesteryear. The bar is set over three floors, the topmost of which opens to the roof terrace. This place is for you if you prefer cocktails over beers, want to try out drinks in a quirky location, or simply want to experience the thrill of visiting a speakeasy.
Vintage Cocktail Club
Address: 15 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 E229, Ireland
Website: Vintage Cocktail Club
4. Fade Street Social
The Fade Street Social’s official description is that of an “ambitious little project” that throws together two restaurants and a rooftop terrace (The Winter Garden). Getting cold should not be a problem (unless the seasons change) because there are heaters spread around the rooftop area. However, there’s indoor seating for those who have had their fill of the surrounding views. Besides fantastic drinks, this place is also known for great food. There are options available here for those who follow a gluten-free diet.
Fade Street Social
Address: 4 Fade St, Dublin 2, D02 NF77, Ireland
Website: Fade Street Social
5. The Parnell Heritage Pub & Grill
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The Parnell Heritage Pub & Grill, which spans three floors, features one of the biggest rooftop bars in Dublin. Size, however, is not the only thing that this venue offers. Food and drinks are great here as well. The rooftop bar can be easily accessed by elevator. Heating is provided during the cooler months, while a covering may be installed in case of bad weather. Cocktail making lessons are offered here for those who want to try mixing their own drinks.
The Parnell Heritage Pub & Grill
Address: 72-74 Parnell St, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland
Website: The Parnell Heritage Pub & Grill
6. Opium Botanical Gardens
Opium Botanical Gardens seems to take inspiration not just from gardens and greenhouses, as the name implies, it is also influenced by Asia, as can be seen in its decor and menu. The roof is fully retractable, allowing guests to enjoy their meals or drinks on the rooftop all year round. The entire venue can be rented for special events. This area can seat about 50, expanding to 150-200 when nighttime comes. A DJ spins tunes at night here.
Opium Botanical Gardens
Address: 26 Wexford St, Dublin 2, D02 HX93, Ireland
Website: Opium Botanical Gardens
7. Fitzsimons Hotel Temple Bar
The heated rooftop terrace of Fitzsimons Hotel Temple Bar allows guests to while away the night enjoying the drinks, the live music and the dancing here. Its central location also makes it easy to go bar hopping, since it’s right where the action is. Cocktails here are known to be at a lower price compared to other venues in the Temple Bar area. Be aware, however, that you will need to climb four flights of stairs in order to get here.
Fitzsimons Hotel Temple Bar
Address: 21/22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
Website: Fitzsimons Hotel Temple Bar
8. The Marker Hotel's Rooftop Terrace
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This rooftop terrace provides guests with views overlooking Dublin, from the mountains to the sea. By morning, it serves as a yoga venue. By night, it transforms into one of the most happening bars in the city. If the weather gets too chilly, don’t worry, because it has an indoor bar with glass windows that will still allow you to enjoy the surrounding views. The rooftop venue can be rented for private occasions.
The Marker Hotel's Rooftop Terrace
Address: Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2, D02 CK38, Ireland
Website: The Marker Hotel’s Rooftop Terrace
Feast for the eyes and the tastebuds
Irish beers and brews are ranked as some of the best in the world. The only way to improve the experience of enjoying a drink is by allowing your other senses to immerse in what the Irish capital has to offer. Check out this list of rooftop bars in Dublin to know where you can kick back and grab a drink while enjoying an overlooking view of the city of Dublin.
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