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Dawson Lounge

Bars & pubs

A tiny downstairs bar at the bottom of a corkscrew staircase, the Dawson Lounge markets itself as the smallest bar in Dublin. Unsurprisingly, it's cosy in...

25 Dawson Street

Dice Bar

Bars & pubs

A red neon sign reading 'Phat Joint' protrudes from the downbeat wall outside, and the bar itself has a vaguely illicit, Noo Yawk street vibe, courtesy of...

Queen Street


Bars & pubs

From the street, this mostly gay bar looks small, but get inside the former bank building and you'll find that it stretches back and back. Expect cool young...

64 South Great George's Street


Bars & pubs, Clubs

Since it's in the centre of Temple Bar, Fitzsimons is popular with tourists and plays chart hits. The large basement club gets very crowded at weekends, and...

Fitzsimon's Hotel


Bars & pubs

Unashamed of its less-than-appealing exterior, Flannery's is at its busiest on the weekend, when a crowd of nurses, teachers and Gardai pack out the bar....

6 Camden Street Lower


Bars & pubs

From one boozy capital to another, one of Hemingway's favourite Havana bars has opened (under capitalist guise) in Dublin. The former Life Bar has been...

Irish Life Mall

Flowing Tide

Bars & pubs

A recent renovation has converted the much-loved Tide from a reliable Dublin boozer with a raffish edge into a trendy place with polished wood floors and...

9 Abbey Street Lower

Front Lounge

Bars & pubs

A comfortable distance from the madding crowd of Temple Bar, the Front Lounge offers a relaxed atmosphere for refined drinking: velvet couches, black marble...

33-34 Parliament Street


Bars & pubs

The hub of gay life in Dublin since the early '90s, The George has expanded in size twice over the intervening years to become two bars and a club that's a...

89 South Great George's Street


Bars & pubs, Clubs

Populated with students taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi, fashion victims in vintage Dior tank tops and the odd celebrity (Robbie Williams comes here,...

11 South Great George's Street

Gravity Bar

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

The Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Dublin. Not surprising, considering the highlight of the tour is the experience...

James Street
Tags: Liberties, Bar


Bars & pubs

Despite first impressions, this isn't a poseur's paradise. As befits the trendy Village Quarter, Hogan's is a lively bar filled with a hip and stylish late...

35 South Great George's Street

Hughes' Bar

Bars & pubs, Music

Hughes sits next to the law courts. Some argue there's a rough edge to it, but its excellent trad music sessions make it worth a visit. Actor Brendan...

19 Chancery Street

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