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9 Below

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars
9 Below, Dublin
Photograph: Courtesy 9 Below 9 Below, Dublin

Time Out says

An opulent concept bar smack dab in city centre, complete with Art Deco style and pricey potions

Located in the seemingly sound-proofed basement of the historic Hibernian Club, walking into 9 Below is more like stepping back into an older – and much more luxurious – time. For this combination cocktail bar-lounge from the folks behind Xico, The Oak, and nearby 37 Dawson Street, elegant is an understatement. Cave-like stone ceilings pair well with whitewashed brick walls and arches, but the design-y details and glass displays can be intimidating. Fine wines and high-end hooch finds its way into every nook and cranny, including in the toilets. The suede-bound menus are full of season-specific libations and the bartenders can sling with the best of them. Between plush velvet stools and leather booths, there’s room for 66 guests.

Time Out tip: The price point makes this a one-drink stop for most. Savour it, then run to the nearest pub. Lavish décor and five-star service are the focus here. You’ll be seated on arrival and drinks are brought straight to the table.

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By: Elizabeth Smith



Address: 9 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

Opening hours: Tues-Thu 5-11:30pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-12:30am