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20th Dec 2016

The Best Late Bars In Dublin For Over-25s In 2016


We all reach that age when the absolutely mental clubbing scene just doesn’t appeal – or maybe it does, but we’d rather do it in the company of men and women who are… actually men and women. 

In today’s age, it’s often hard to differentiate between a 19 and 29-year-old, and you’d rather just avoid the confusion.

There’s an extensive list of clubs and pubs to avoid, but what about the late bars to frequent when you don’t want to be surrounded by youngsters? 

I’m here for you, older crowd. 

Here’s the updated list… 

1. The Black Door 

Pipe down hipsters – I know it’s mainstream, but this place is actually so nice. The Black Door upstairs bar is quite intimate, while downstairs is more spacious, with couches to sink your soul into. 

Sip on fine wines and world famous gins at this establishment, without minors around. 

Get there early, as the downside is that there’s usually a huge queue at 2am, and they have no problem turning you away – unless you are a ‘Bebo stunna’ of course.

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2. The Dean

This spot is nice to look at, there are beautiful people, and there are stunning rooftop views of the city. 

You’ll find a strong contingent of D4s, but they’re sound for the most part. Similar to the Black Door though, you’ll get a resounding, “Not tonight, mate” if you try to get in past a certain hour.

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3. 37 Dawson St.

Here’s an opulent late bar and food emporium, equip with a whisky bar and fine cocktails. 

There’s a nice mix of seating areas and dance floors, which serves as a refuge for the people with two left feet or are just not in the mood to grove. 

It’s in a fab location too, so might as well give this gorgeous spot a go. 


4. Zozimus

The place off of Anne’s Lane with the umbrellas – sound familiar? It’s a delightful ambiance with both indoor and outdoor areas, and the cocktails are high class. 

Check out Zozimus for a trendy spot to let your hair down. 

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5. The Front Lounge

A vibrant and cosy gay bar, with whitewashed stone walls displaying colorful pieces from local artists. There are DJs on every weekend, so you’re guaranteed a lively night out at The Front Lounge.

Check them out this weekend for their Pride Party – it’s free admission, and wristbands are currently available behind the bar. 

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6. Drury Buildings

Go here to avoid the younger crowd and revel in the New York interior. You’ll get a fab view of Drury Street, just near some of the best late night spots in Dublin. 

They even serve tasty a la carte bites until 10.30pm on the weekends – get here early, and relax with artisanal food and drink. 

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7. House

House occupies two Georgian Townhouses on Leeson Street, and their over-25 policy is real. Like, you’re guaranteed to not see any minors wandering the place on a late Friday or Saturday. 

G’wan and stay awhile, to relax in luxury and ease. 

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8. Farrier And Draper

You just feel fancier when you step into this place. Smack in the middle of Powerscourt, here’s a spot where you definitely won’t find the youngins’ spending much time.

The upstairs Georgian rooms have plenty of snug couches and chairs to unwind in, and the drinks are simply gorgeous. You’ll find a DJ playing as the night gets later on, and often times even a saxophone player meandering through the bar to up the vibes. 

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9. The Jar 

Not only does The Jar serve up delicious wood-fired Base pizza, but it’s also a hopping spot for a late night outing. It’s opened quite recently, and people have been raving about it. 

Plan your next night out on Wexford Street here, and you’re in for a treat. 

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