When I booked a weekend in Dublin with 9 other girls in one of the coldest months of the year I knew I could leave my camera at home as we’d probably be spending most of our time in the pubs and apart from doing a hop on, hop off bus trip around the city to at least see some of the city (although we didn’t actually get off!) we did indeed spend a lot of time in the pubs drinking beer, chatting, listening to live music and attempting to Irish jig!
So if you’re going to Dublin and you’re stuck with where to go for a drink first and you want to make sure you spend your time and your Euro’s in an awesome pub then here are 5 places I would recommend:
Ok, so I’m starting with the most obvious bar! The Temple Bar is pretty iconic and popular these days, it’s most certainly where all of the tourists go and not a local Irishman’s (or women’s) pub and the price of drinks reflect this (€17.00 for a double Jameson and coke is all I’m saying!) but it is a lot of fun and as soon as you see its twinkling lights from the outside and feel the atmosphere once you’re inside you’ll realise why it’s so popular!
It’s actually quite a big place with a lot of different rooms. We visited on a Friday evening, it was pretty packed but they had some great live music on. My friend who went before said it was a lot better during the day as they still have live music playing but it isn’t as busy so I would definitely recommend a few daytime beers there.
Tip 1: Note that Temple Bar is actually a District which I didn’t realise until we arrived and asked for directions to Temple Bar and someone told us we were in Temple Bar, meaning the area, but we meant the actual bar, which has the same name, so don’t get confused!
Tip 2: I mentioned the price of drinks above, a pint is about €7.50 which isn’t toooo bad but they seem to really get you on the mixers to go with spirits, however for some unknown reason lemonade there is free! So if you get a vodka and lemonade, you only pay for the spirit!
This bar was right next to our hostel – Abbey Court so we popped in there for breakfast/lunch on our second and main day in Dublin, we ended up staying for a good 2 hours and then headed back in there later on for a drink before dinner but we never made it out to dinner and instead stayed for 5 hours, no joke!
It resembles quite a homely Irish pub when you first walk in but if you walk a bit further it then turns into quite a modern bar/restaurant/pub over 2 floors with lots of booth seating. One of the main reasons for staying was because the drinks were a lot cheaper so thats good and the staff were really friendly. On a Saturday night they do karaoke which we caught the start of and lets just say it was interesting!
This pub was just cross the river from our hostel is famous for it’s Irish Coffee (hot coffee, irish whiskey, sugar and cream!), and this is exactly how we found it. When we brought our tickets for the hop on hop off bus included was a free Irish Coffee at this pub and it was delicious! It’s also a typical Irish pub, it was nice and quiet in there on a Saturday day time, the barman was hungover (standard!) and generally it just had a good atmosphere!
Admittedly we didn’t make it to this pub but I wish we had! Recommended to me by the lovely Weekend Candy and just up the river from the Temple Bar district it’s officially Dublin’s oldest pub dating back to 1198 which is pretty impressive if you ask me! It’s also famous for it’s live music and food and the reviews on TripAdvisor are pretty tip top so I would add this to your list!
We stumbled across this pub, quite literally, late on Saturday night and I’m so glad we did! It’s only quite small and it was very busy and sweaty at 11:00pm but I felt like I could have been in a pub in a small local town like you see on P.S I love you, rather than having the streets of Dublin outside and I feel like thats most peoples aim when they go to Ireland these days, a nice pub, a great atmosphere and perhaps the chance of seeing your Irish Gerard Butler (although we didn’t!).
There was a live band playing and they have live music every night of the week, the guys playing when we were there were only young but extremely talented. So make sure you pay it a visit!
I hope that helps you out and gives you some ideas of where to start and to help ensure that you spend those Euro’s and your time in a pub that you’ll enjoy!
**If you have any other recommendations please let me know!**