Dublin is known for its excellent pub culture - and Guinness of course, discover our guide to the must-visit pubs and bars in the city.2022 September 16
Plan a city break to Dublin for an unforgettable trip filled with breathtaking landscapes, rich history and of course Guinness, whisky and good craic with the locals. No trip to Ireland’s capital is complete without checking out some of the best pubs in Dublin. From traditional pubs to upmarket cocktail bars, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this vibrant city.
There are 772 pubs in Dublin so you would be hard pushed not to stumble upon one whilst sightseeing in the city. However, we’ve compiled our top pub picks to save you time searching for the perfect spot.
Grogans Pub is located in the heart of the city nearby the famous Grafton Street, it is the perfect spot to grab a drink and have a catch up with friends. This pub is about as authentic as it gets – the cosy atmosphere is synonymous with a traditional Irish pub, yet it has the lively buzz you would expect from a pub in the city. Unlike many other pubs, Grogans doesn’t have any TVs in the premises so patrons must engage in the old-fashioned art of conversation instead of being glued to the screen. This, combined with the excellent selection of alcohol and Grogans famous toasties, makes this pub a must-visit on your trip to Dublin.
Address: 15 William St S, Dublin 2, D02 H336, Ireland
The Long Hall is an institution in Dublin. Established in 1766, The Long Hall is one of the oldest and highly regarded pubs in the city, with interiors that date back to 1881 walking into this iconic Dublin pub feels like stepping back in time. This is a great spot to enjoy an afternoon pint of Guinness or while away the evening in a cosy and traditional atmosphere.
Address: 51 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2, D02 DV74, Ireland
Dubbed ‘the country pub in the heart of the city’, Kehoes is a quintessentially Irish pub. Licensed in 1803, like The Long Hall, Kehoes has maintained its 19th century interior for a wholly authentic experience. Marvel at the stained-glass mahogany doors, the cosy snugs and the Heritage Bar and joy a pint or two of Guinness at this award-winning pub.
Address: 9 Anne St S, Dublin, D02 NY88, Ireland
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For an upmarket cocktail bar in Dublin, then look no further than 9 Below. This hidden gem is nestled underground in the heart of the city centre, giving the bar an air of exclusivity. Relax in one of the four intimate rooms of this chic speakeasy and sample one of the many creative cocktails on offer. If you’re looking for a stylish setting and delicious drinks, then 9 Below is the cocktail bar for you.
Address: 9 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, D02 C891, Ireland
The fabulous Drury Buildings boasts a delicious restaurant complete with a cocktail bar and outdoor terrace. Drury Buildings is one of the best places to drink in Dublin thanks to its extensive cocktail menu and good vibes. The restaurant bar transforms into a late-night bar on the weekend staying open until 1am on Friday and Saturday, so you’re sure to be in for a great night.
Address: 52-55 Drury St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Temple Bar, an undisputed tourist trap but nevertheless worth visiting if you’re in Dublin for the first time. Whilst queues snake around the corner, once you are inside this bustling bar you can’t help but have a good time. With live traditional Irish music playing from morning until night and the country’s largest whisky collection to choose from, you’d be hard pushed not to get into the spirit of the place. Although the drink prices are on the more expensive side, this place is iconic and worth visiting even if just to get a snap outside the famous exterior.
Address: 47-48, Temple Bar, Dublin
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