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International Bar

Bars & pubs, Comedy

Refreshingly laid-back, the International's long bar is always lined with Guinness-drinking regulars. An interesting crowd spills out on to the street in...

23 Wicklow Street

Irish Film Institute Bar

Bars & pubs

The IFI Bar occupies the same building as an art-house cinema. It's a sympathetic renovation of the old 17th-century Quaker meeting house, with an extended...

6 Eustace Street

Isaac Butt Café Bar

Bars & pubs, Clubs, Music

A range of techno club nights first made this bar popular among students and backpackers, but the emphasis has recently shifted to live indie music. The...

Opposite Busáras Station

Jack Nealons

Bars & pubs

Popular with pre-clubbers, Nealons is stylish but relaxed. The downstairs bar is usually less hectic than upstairs, but at weekends you take a seat where...

165 Capel Street

JJ Smyths

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Music

Downstairs, this is just a regular, unassuming old-fashioned Dublin boozer - and very nice with it. But it's also a famous jazz bar - head upstairs to hear...

12 Aungier Street

Kavanagh's ('The Gravediggers')

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Way off the beaten track, Kavanagh's is a Dublin institution and thus, for many, worth the trek. Owing to its location next door to Glasnevin cemetery, this...

1 Prospect Square

Kehoe's

Bars & pubs

If you suffer from a fear of small spaces, avoid the lavatories in Kehoe's. Designed with Lilliputians in mind, they are (literally) a low point in a pub...

9 South Anne Street

Kennedy's

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Clubs

Thanks in part to resident electro/house DJs like Calvin James, Simon Hayes and Dave Salacious, new life has been breathed into this bar-cum-club venue on...

31-32 Westland Row

Kiely's

Bars & pubs

The Abbey Street entrance leads to a snug, old-style dark wooden bar that's good for quiet pints or watching football in peace. The back of the pub - with...

37 Upper Abbey Street

Long Hall

Bars & pubs

This ornate Victorian gin palace has it all: jovial barman, old bloke at the bar with a pint of Guinness, smattering of characterful regulars. Indeed, the...

51 South Great George's Street

Long Stone

Bars & pubs

The Long Stone is, depending on your tastes, a design catastrophe or an eccentric gem. It's got an odd ancient Celtic motif going on, with stained glass...

10 Townsend Street

Lord Edward

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

After a visit to Christ Church Cathedral, cross the road and enter the calming Lord Edward. The round bar on the lower level is a typical old-fashioned...

23 Christchurch Place

Market Bar

Bars & pubs

This little piggy went to market… The Market Bar on Fade Street was once a pig abattoir, and the grates in the floor used to flow with blood. The only thing...

Fade Street

McDaid's

Bars & pubs

Popularly known as the Brendan Behan bar, McDaid's was once a haunt of the literary avant-garde, but is now more likely to be packed out with bus loads of...

3 Harry Street

McGruder's

Bars & pubs, Clubs

Uniquely located in the up-and-coming Dublin 8 area near the Guinness Storehouse, McGruder's is the capital's best-kept secret. The venue is home to...

18 Thomas Street