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
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.
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
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.
We had a great night at the Arlington Hotel.For a set price of 20 euros we watched traditional Irish dancing and music,we also had a three course dinner,after it was finnished there was a disco upstairs with excellent music.The Arlington is opened 7 nights a week.
Here's a really badly done nightlife map of Dublin. This is more concentrating on the places that I would go to rather than trying to cover all the bars and clubs.
1. Traffic and Spirit (see tip above for description) - Dance music
2. Hogans, The Long Hall, The Globe (pubs) Rira (club attached to the back of the Globe, pronounced ReeRaw) - Trendy, but a more studenty vibe.
3. Dakota, Rush, BaMIzu (quite trendy pubs by Dublin standards)
4. The Duke, The Bailey, Cocoon (Even more trendy pubs, especially Cocoon)
5. Solas, Carnival, Anseo, Whelans, The Village - last two are pubs with another section for a club - The student style part of the city, though the age ranges from 18-35 really. nobody wearing smart shirts and trousers here. Think trainers and jeans.
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.
This was actually my favorite place in Dublin. It has an incredible beer menu with the best & more unique being the Oyster Stout. It has three floors with wooden decor, and live bands often play here. The Pub also sells excellent pub food at reasonable prices.
The Octagon Bar is located inside The Clarence Hotel which is Bono & The Edge's Hotel. We came here for a qwick drink prior to going out to dinner. It has a very simple decor & super expensive drinks (23 Euros for a Grey Goose Martini???). On the up side, the bartending staff was friendly and approchable. Make sure you enjoy the tasty nuts will you break your bank account.
Dress Code: Dress to impress
This place is a bit hard to find ,but when you do find it, you will discover the OLDEST pub in Ireland. They claim to be in operation since 1198. It offers traditional music, open fireplaces and good food.
This was our first stop on a PUB crawl after our day trip to Knock. Although it is in the middle of the city, it is a little bit hard to find. Take a look at the gorgeous exterior windows with the stained -glass. It has a Victorian room, marble topped bar and a gigantic Stag's Head.
This was my favorite place to have a traditional Irish breakfast, and it is something of an institution. Peopled by a mix of rockers, students, tourist and professionals. It has a large patio outside that is perfect for people watching when the weather is nice.
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
OK, whatever you do, DON'T leave Ireland without havening participated in a pub-crawl. We found a flyer posted at our hostel advertising the pub-crawl we participated in. But we soon realized there were flyers everywhere for various pub-crawls. Check at the tourist information center if you don't happen top spot any.
For anyone who doesn't know, a pub-crawl is a group of people led by a local who takes the group from pub to pub where the good drinks and good conversation are never ending.
Still to this day my husband and I will say "remember that pub-crawl in Dublin?!" :-)
Dress Code: Ha ha ha -- dress code!!! Wear whatever's clever!
This is the bar where Harry and I decided to spend New Years Eve 2005-2006. It has a stunning interior in an opulent art deco style, reminiscent of turn-of-the-century France. There are three floors although we spent the majority of the time on the first floor.
Dress Code: It was New Years Eve, so we dressed rather nice.