If you are looking to go for a wander at night in Dublin or to have a wild night out, it doesn't matter which, the place to go is of course, the Temple Bar area.
Here you will find an endless array of typically Irish pubs and eateries and the area is vibrant and alive every night.
Many of the pubs serve wonderful traditional Irish meals ranging from Irish Stew to Fish and Chips and for the most part, the meals are hearty, tasty and not usually budget breaking. A stroll around is a good way to start. You can check a lot of the establishments out before you settle on one to have your meal or just a pint of Guiness if you so desire. Many have bands playing if you feel like being entertained whilst others are a little quieter and allow a good opportunity for coffee and conversation.
Whatever your preference it's all there. Enjoy!
Dress Code: Smart casual.
We ended up in this pub looking for a genuine Dublin place - not a touroid hangout. It’s in Temple Bar, but isn’t touristy. I think we were the only out of towners.
Busy on a Saturday about 10.30 - 11, but not uncomfortable. €4.55 for a pint of Guinness and €3.25 for a half of Kilkenny.
Give it a try if you want a real pub.
Dress Code: No way!
We bumped into this pub as we were finding our way from the bus stop to the restaurant in the evening. It looked “traditional” so we popped in.
It was lovely. Traditional, atmospheric & just what I was hoping for. Ideal to show a first time visitor what a Dublin pub is about.
I joked that it was probably “famous” and we’d just found it by chance. Then on the Aer Lingus flight to Edinburgh the next day, the inflight magazine had this full page ad for O’Neill’s!
A modest €4.65 for a pint of Guinness.
Dress Code: You're kidding!
Although it claims to be the oldest pub in the country, Sean's Bar in Athlone actually is a couple centuries older than The Brazen Head. But still, this Medieval pub dates back to 1198, and it is for sure the oldest pub in Dublin. It has retained all of its historic charm and character, which makes it really popular with tourists. Each of the pub's small, cozy rooms are filled with atmosphere, and so is the courtyard area. It's a good place to go when you feel like mingling with fellow world travellers, and there is something special about the idea of having a pint of Guinness in the same spot where the likes of Michael Collins and Jonathan Swift used to get together with friends and colleagues to discuss the state of their country. Don't you love it when history calls for a drink?!
Dress Code: Casual
We hadn't really planned on going to McDaids but as it started raining - or rather pouring - as we were walking up Grafton Street, we ducked into a side street and into the nearest pub, which happened to be McDaids. We immediately liked the atmosphere of this old pub (it dates back to 1779), where we later found out that writers such as Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh used to hang out. There was some rock music playing in the background, low enough to make you feel like this was the kind of place you went to when you felt like chatting with friends over a pint. And speaking of having a pint, after we'd finished our first one, we were having such a good time that we decided to go for a second one, and... let's just say that by the time we left, the streets were quite dry once again!
Dress Code: Casual
This is one of those something for almost everyone pubs with 3 bars, a restaurant, a dance floor, a library and its own brewery, spead over 4 floors and taking up 2 19th century quayside buildings.
It is quite an impressive place but not my sort of pub. I must admit to only having dropped in for a quick beer on a quietish Sunday evening but got the impression that the place is more geared up for the younger crowd, coming out in company. It does have a late bar which is open until 2.30 am Thursday to Saturday (and midnight or later on other nights) with DJ's and occasional live music.
The brewery produces a range of 7 brews which at 4 Euros a pint are about the cheapest in town and the pint of "Rusty" that I had was perfectly drinkable - by some accounts their "Plain Stout" is as good as Guinness.
Dress Code: On the Sunday night with nothing much happening here there didn't seem to be any dress code but that may be different on the DJ nights.
I enjoyed a lot this place. It was not at the popular and crowded Temple Bar area, but further away near the Liffey river. So don't mix it with other places with the same name! Check the address.
What I especially much liked, was the fact that there were lots of local people spending the night out. That time there were only two groups of foreigners; we and one group of Americans.
Live music is often played, and it is Irish music. Locals like to dance a lot in this place, it is very entertaining to watch.
Note the details on the walls of the pub: e.g. the lyrics of the Irish national anthem and many old photos.
Dress Code: No dress code, except the fact that not preferably shorts or sports gear in the late evening time (at least locals do not use them). Some people had jeans, many had even a jacket and a tie even this is a casual place. We saw very mixed dressing there. I guess the main thing is that you feel like yourself, and enjoy the night as you are.
Whelans is a live music venue where you can catch up and coming and established rock/alternitive/folk acts from Ireland and abroad...great atmosphere...cosy fires in winter!
Tickets for Whelan‘s shows are on sale at WaV Box Office, Camden Row.
Dress Code: casual
If you find yourself in here you are in (whats believed to be) Dublins smallest house of Ale.
The pint however is still the same measure and just as tasty. Its not a bad little pub and its on the Larx Dublin pub crawl (not listed yet).
A nice gem of a pub just off Grafton street and across from Bruxelles.
Nice Dublin atmosphere and a break from the hectic pace of Temple Bar.
Try and get here early when its a relaxed atmoshere. Guinness is top drawer and well worth dropping in for a pint or 2 if you have been shopping.
This place seems to be the Grand central Station of pubs in the TB area. It has a number of bars, cosys,snugs and dens...people going in all directions, and thats just the sober ones.
Very popular place which can get seriously jammed up at night.
They feature live music during the day and somtimes trad at night. You meet mostly tourists here and its NOT frequented a lot by native dubliners. Even when it seems full to capacity a hen or stag party seems to fit in the door.
A GREAT venue to meet people..if youre up to the crowds!
Lively pub in the heart of Temple Bar. Seems its always difficult to get a seat in this bar. This goes for earlier in the day and for those arriving later its definitely standing room only. Gets rowdy even during the day at weekends as its attractive for large groups of Guys or Gals.
They also have an upstairs venue for trad sessions .
Like all places in Temple bar, the staff always look rushed and bothered buts its worth waiting for the Guinness.
After a club night make sure you go to the bus stop nearby Trinity College and get a ride on one of these amazing trips. It was really fun as lots of people went on only to dance. A street drumer got on and played for us for the whole ride!
I have heard some other reviews and it seems it is kind of common.
Dress Code: Obviously none...
The Harbourmaster pub in the IFSC serves good food and drink in a nice old building. Heavilly suity during the week, but it can be a handy spot if you're on your way to the Point for a concert and their burgers are good :-)
Dress Code: Who cares. Lots of people in suits but nobody will be too bothered what you wear.
... usually can't remeber the names of the places, but I pretty much have a good memory when it comes to how they look like inside LOL :-)
So I guess if i recomended a place with great music, that has 3 floors (I think) and a terrace on the roof, I wouldn't help you much.
Oh, and I found a road that leads me directly from where I usually stay to the dark place, with bright wood and good music where toilets are downstairs.
See my point now - I'm completly useless when it comes to tips. Thats why going out with locals is the best thing you can do when it comes to these things :)