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Top Bars in Dublin – Your 10 Favourite Dublin Bars

  • Dublin boasts one of the liveliest social scenes in Europe. Over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page, we asked you about your favourite bars in Dublin with the answers featured here winning a free Hostelworld.com Gold Card worth $10. Here’s what you told us...
  • Auld Dubliner

    Maria Viana says:

    Auld Dubliner - Dublin. Slainte!

    Auld Dubliner is also recommended by: Maja Jercic.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Located right in the centre of Dublin’s popular Temple Bar area, the Auld Dubliner aims to treat visitors to a traditional Irish pub experience. This includes a selection of Irish dishes, along with, of course, plenty of drinks.

    Location: 24-25 Temple Bar.
    Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 10.30am-11.30pm, Fri-Sat 10.30am-2.30am, Sun 12.30pm-11pm.

  • Porterhouse Temple Bar

    Robyn Southgate says:

    Porterhouse is Very touristy but always good craic! And that guy who plays the guitar every night is amazing!

    Porterhouse Temple Bar is also recommended by: Sara Kirk, Michal Wojcik, Lukasz Kalinski, Fergal Reid and Roch Christopher.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Part of a chain of bars across the city, the Porterhouse Temple Bar serves up a great selection of exclusive beers all brewed at the Porterhouse’s own brewery. You’ll hear live music here almost night which you can listen to for free as the bar doesn’t impose a cover charge.

    Location: 16-18 Parliament Street.

  • Sin É

    Albert Casadessús says:

    Sin'é! crossing the river by temple bar

    Sin É is also recommended by: Eoin Donovan, David Lynch and Arkaitz Yandiola.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    This popular haunt is well-loved by Dublin’s students along with plenty of visitors to the city who head here to hang out in a laid back atmosphere. A wide variety of tunes compliment the cool vibe, plus there’s a great selection of drinks on offer too.

    Location: 14-15 Upper Ormond Quay.

  • The Mezz

    Eva de Lera says:

    Is impossible to choose only one!!!Dublin is my favourite place to go out. Mezz is good because you can listen to live music.

    The Mezz is also recommended by: Leslie Van Der Hoek, Linda Cooper and Mark Lowry.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Attracting a good mix of locals and visitors, the Mezz is a great spot for live music in Dublin. There’s no cover charge and a wide variety of drinks are available from pints to spirits and more.

    Location: 23/24 Eustace Street.

  • The Bleeding Horse

    Amie Potgieter says:

    The Bleeding Horse is by far the best

    Hostelworld.com says:

    A historic pub, the Bleeding Horse was first established back in the 17th century and has been a favourite with some of Ireland’s great literary figures including James Joyce. Today the pub offers a wide variety of drinks, a live DJ from Thursday to Saturday nights and also shows sporting events on its big screen TVs.

    Location: 24 Camden Street Upper.

  • The Bank

    Ciaran Carolan says:

    The Bank on College Green is the perfect place for a relaxing pint. The former bank setting, complete with old vaults, stained-glass ceiling and other paraphernalia lends a marvellous atmosphere.....and there are good lunch and dinner menus too!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Open since 2003, this award-winning bar is located inside a beautiful Victorian building. This setting provides a classy ambiance that’s popular with many of Dublin’s professionals who come here to sample the food and have few drinks.

    Location: 20/22 College Green.

  • The George

    Neil Watters says:

    The George! its FABULOUS!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The George is Dublin’s longest running gay club and was first opened in 1985. Today it’s frequented by a mix of gay and straight people, while live entertainment at the bar includes drag shows and bingo.

    Location: South Great Georges Street.
    Opening hours: Mon-Tues 12.30pm-11.30pm, Wed-Sat 12.30pm-2.30am, Sun 12.30pm-1am.

  • The Stag’s Head

    The Stag’s Head is recommended by: Suzanne Nichols and Aymeric Duchemin

    Hostelworld.com says:

    This long-running bar which has been an important part of Dublin’s social scene since the 1870s was a favourite with famous Irish writer James Joyce. Traditionally decorated inside, the Stag’s Head also hosts live traditional music on Thursday to Sunday nights. As well as Guinness, you’ll also find plenty of other Irish beers and stouts on offer here.

    Location: 1 Dame Court.
    Opening hours: Daily from 10.30am.

  • Bull & Castle

    Fergal Reid says:

    The Bull & Castle opposite Christchurch Cathedral has a fantastic beerhall atmosphere and some fantastic independent Irish and central European brews. Not to mention dangerous, litre-sized glasses.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Advertised as a gastro pub and beer hall, Bull & Castle is spread out over two levels. The gastro pub on the ground floor serves up steaks, seafood, pies and more, alongside a selection of beers, wines and whiskeys. Upstairs in the beer hall things can get a bit rowdier with a late bar, drinks specials and more.

    Location: Christchurch.
    Opening hours: Daily from 10.30am.

  • Czech Inn

    Fergal Reid says:

    For my money, my favourite pub in Dublin is the Czech Inn on Parliament St In Temple Bar. Great beers, great atmosphere and the best service in Dublin. It's a real find and very different to the majority of pubs in the city.

    Czech Inn is also recommended by: Zuzana Suzinqa Fajtová and Neimar Alves Guerra.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Czech Inn opened in Dublin in 2006 and it serves up a great variety of Czech beers, food and more. A selection of delicious and colourful cocktails are also available.

    Location: Essex Gate, Temple Bar.
    Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 12pm-1.30am.

  • O’Neills

    Denise Rachel Troy says:

    Without a doubt, O'Neill's!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Hosting live traditional Irish music every night, O’Neill’s is located in Dublin’s city centre not far from Trinity College. The bar also boasts plenty of TVs, making it a popular spot for watching major sporting events.

    Location: Suffolk Street.
    Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 10.30am-11.30pm, Fri-Sat 10.30am-12.30am, Sun 12.30pm-11pm.

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  • Dublin boasts one of the liveliest social scenes in Europe. Over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page, we asked you about your favourite bars in Dublin with the answers featured here winning a free Hostelworld.com Gold Card worth $10. Here’s what you told us...
  • Auld Dubliner

    Maria Viana says:

    Auld Dubliner - Dublin. Slainte!

    Auld Dubliner is also recommended by: Maja Jercic.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Located right in the centre of Dublin’s popular Temple Bar area, the Auld Dubliner aims to treat visitors to a traditional Irish pub experience. This includes a selection of Irish dishes, along with, of course, plenty of drinks.

    Location: 24-25 Temple Bar.
    Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 10.30am-11.30pm, Fri-Sat 10.30am-2.30am, Sun 12.30pm-11pm.

  • Porterhouse Temple Bar

    Robyn Southgate says:

    Porterhouse is Very touristy but always good craic! And that guy who plays the guitar every night is amazing!

    Porterhouse Temple Bar is also recommended by: Sara Kirk, Michal Wojcik, Lukasz Kalinski, Fergal Reid and Roch Christopher.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Part of a chain of bars across the city, the Porterhouse Temple Bar serves up a great selection of exclusive beers all brewed at the Porterhouse’s own brewery. You’ll hear live music here almost night which you can listen to for free as the bar doesn’t impose a cover charge.

    Location: 16-18 Parliament Street.

  • Sin É

    Albert Casadessús says:

    Sin'é! crossing the river by temple bar

    Sin É is also recommended by: Eoin Donovan, David Lynch and Arkaitz Yandiola.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    This popular haunt is well-loved by Dublin’s students along with plenty of visitors to the city who head here to hang out in a laid back atmosphere. A wide variety of tunes compliment the cool vibe, plus there’s a great selection of drinks on offer too.

    Location: 14-15 Upper Ormond Quay.

  • The Mezz

    Eva de Lera says:

    Is impossible to choose only one!!!Dublin is my favourite place to go out. Mezz is good because you can listen to live music.

    The Mezz is also recommended by: Leslie Van Der Hoek, Linda Cooper and Mark Lowry.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Attracting a good mix of locals and visitors, the Mezz is a great spot for live music in Dublin. There’s no cover charge and a wide variety of drinks are available from pints to spirits and more.

    Location: 23/24 Eustace Street.

  • The Bleeding Horse

    Amie Potgieter says:

    The Bleeding Horse is by far the best

    Hostelworld.com says:

    A historic pub, the Bleeding Horse was first established back in the 17th century and has been a favourite with some of Ireland’s great literary figures including James Joyce. Today the pub offers a wide variety of drinks, a live DJ from Thursday to Saturday nights and also shows sporting events on its big screen TVs.

    Location: 24 Camden Street Upper.

  • The Bank

    Ciaran Carolan says:

    The Bank on College Green is the perfect place for a relaxing pint. The former bank setting, complete with old vaults, stained-glass ceiling and other paraphernalia lends a marvellous atmosphere.....and there are good lunch and dinner menus too!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Open since 2003, this award-winning bar is located inside a beautiful Victorian building. This setting provides a classy ambiance that’s popular with many of Dublin’s professionals who come here to sample the food and have few drinks.

    Location: 20/22 College Green.

  • The George

    Neil Watters says:

    The George! its FABULOUS!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The George is Dublin’s longest running gay club and was first opened in 1985. Today it’s frequented by a mix of gay and straight people, while live entertainment at the bar includes drag shows and bingo.

    Location: South Great Georges Street.
    Opening hours: Mon-Tues 12.30pm-11.30pm, Wed-Sat 12.30pm-2.30am, Sun 12.30pm-1am.

  • The Stag’s Head

    The Stag’s Head is recommended by: Suzanne Nichols and Aymeric Duchemin

    Hostelworld.com says:

    This long-running bar which has been an important part of Dublin’s social scene since the 1870s was a favourite with famous Irish writer James Joyce. Traditionally decorated inside, the Stag’s Head also hosts live traditional music on Thursday to Sunday nights. As well as Guinness, you’ll also find plenty of other Irish beers and stouts on offer here.

    Location: 1 Dame Court.
    Opening hours: Daily from 10.30am.

  • Bull & Castle

    Fergal Reid says:

    The Bull & Castle opposite Christchurch Cathedral has a fantastic beerhall atmosphere and some fantastic independent Irish and central European brews. Not to mention dangerous, litre-sized glasses.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Advertised as a gastro pub and beer hall, Bull & Castle is spread out over two levels. The gastro pub on the ground floor serves up steaks, seafood, pies and more, alongside a selection of beers, wines and whiskeys. Upstairs in the beer hall things can get a bit rowdier with a late bar, drinks specials and more.

    Location: Christchurch.
    Opening hours: Daily from 10.30am.

  • Czech Inn

    Fergal Reid says:

    For my money, my favourite pub in Dublin is the Czech Inn on Parliament St In Temple Bar. Great beers, great atmosphere and the best service in Dublin. It's a real find and very different to the majority of pubs in the city.

    Czech Inn is also recommended by: Zuzana Suzinqa Fajtová and Neimar Alves Guerra.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Czech Inn opened in Dublin in 2006 and it serves up a great variety of Czech beers, food and more. A selection of delicious and colourful cocktails are also available.

    Location: Essex Gate, Temple Bar.
    Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 12pm-1.30am.

  • O’Neills

    Denise Rachel Troy says:

    Without a doubt, O'Neill's!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Hosting live traditional Irish music every night, O’Neill’s is located in Dublin’s city centre not far from Trinity College. The bar also boasts plenty of TVs, making it a popular spot for watching major sporting events.

    Location: Suffolk Street.
    Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 10.30am-11.30pm, Fri-Sat 10.30am-12.30am, Sun 12.30pm-11pm.

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2 Comments

  • Pat Bezanson Wednesday, January 27th, 2010, 8:20pm

    When first arriving in Dublin, not knowing the city and wanting some authentic Irish fair....we went to Fitzgerald's and we were more than pleased with the food and our first taste of Irish entertainment. I would give them 9 out of 10 stars.

  • Keith Magee Tuesday, January 26th, 2010, 2:49pm

    Grogans on South Willam Street for the best place for a chat a pint and a toastie... The Cobblestone Pub in Smithfield

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