Dublin nowadays has more posh and pretentious places than you could possibly shake a stick at. They're quite often the main focus of local mockery and as such are not favoured among the 'aulder' generation. Young urban hipsters, however, are taking to these places like fish to water. The pic features Cocoon, one of the cool loungy hangouts. You can find this and much more at the following sites:
Especially short-time visitors might be more inclined to look for the old-fashioned pubs to get a bit of a taste for the auld Irish atmosphere. In that case Toner's in Baggot Street and The Long Hall in George Street would be your best bets. Then again, why not spoil yourself and indulge in a little trend-setting? In any case, Dublin has plenty of bars to satisfy any serious drinker's needs!
Dress Code: Dress up and make an effort: everyone else does it!
This place was right next to our hotel and had late hours, so it was very convenient to stop here for one last drink, an "outee."
Nice seating inside. Dark, rich interior. It's where I discovered Smithdicks and my friend, Carlsberg. And her husband stuck with his Guinness...
Dress Code: casual
Temple Bar is a popular hotspot all day long. It's a "neighborhood", I guess you could call it, filled with shops, bars, and restaurants. Everywhere I went here, from Urban Outfitters to a tasty Mexican restaurant, I received friendly and fast service. Temple Bar is the Dublin epitome of Irish spirit.
Dress Code: Casual.
Here's a list of some places I used to like, and which are still open as far as I know. They are all in the city centre, in the southside, unless otherwise stated. Let's start with one address for clubs: Fibber Magee's in Parnell St (Northside) for alternative music. I tried many other places, but obviously they were a bit too posh.
Dublin means music and it's really sad not to enjoy some locals bands while there, so here's a list of live music venues: The Baggot Inn in Baggot Street, and Whelans at 25 Wexford Street usually have rock bands playing. The Mean Fiddler in Wexford St, Mother Redcaps Tavern in Back Lane (Christchurch)and Slattery's at 129 Capel Street (northside) have either folk rock or traditional musicians playing.
Pubwise, there's one for every taste: none of the following attract a fashionable crowd, so skip them if you are interested in the show-off scene: Brogan's in Dame St was my local, so it's top of the list. Interesting pubs used to be the Norseman at 27-8 East Essex Street, the Palace Bar at 21 Fleet Street and the Temple Bar in Essex Street East. All three are located in the Temple Bar area. Off Grafton St I recommend Bruxelles in Harry St (only for hardcore rockers) or McDaids at 3 Harry Street. Grogans Pub at 15 South William Street used to have an interesting crowd too. In the Northside my votes go to the Parnell Mooney at 72 Parnell Street, Mulligan's at 8 Poolbeg St and the Peacock in Bathal Brugha St.
Dress Code: All are casual spots. Bruxelles: biker outfits wil help you blend it. Fibber Magees: alternative.
The Temple Bar in Temple Bar, a great old original pub, with live music every night.
A fantastic atmosphere, well worth a knees up!
Dress Code: casual, smart.
The Temple Bar area is one of the liveliest spots in downtown Dublin. Filled with pubs, shops and restaurants, there is always somewhere to go, something to do and someone to watch.
It's a famous pub, but a bit out of the tourist path... so you can taste a Guinness with some irishmen instead of the same people from all over the world like in Temple bar.
All in one entertainment within 5 min walk.
In the heart of Dublin - You gotta be there --- and even then you might be lost for words ;)
Dress Code: ... come dressed - that's good enough :)
Go to Harcourt-Hotel on Wdnesday. Every Wednesday there is live music for free. It is a great atmosphere !