There's a lot to be said for having a few scoops on Christmas Eve with friends, although it's usually impossible to avoid the crowds. Here's a few suggestions of great pubs around town where hopefully you will find a quiet nook or cranny to have a drink in before heading home for a few days with the family.
Thankfully this fab little spot is just on the right side of Temple Bar, far enough away from the crowds without being too far from the hustle and bustle of Dame St. It's extremely toasty and always has great music, they even serve freshly popped popcorn and sell 2 cocktails for a tenner before 8pm (including some extremely intoxicating Long Island Ice Teas).
The Long Stone
While this place is always jammers in the run up to Christmas, if you're lucky enough to nab a seat you'll be laughing. Cheap pitchers of beer, very good pub grub and a lively atmosphere. Added bonus? Smack bang between D'Olier St and Tara St for easy public transport access when it's time to toddle on home.
This glorious pub has live music, open fires, a delicious traditional carvery and so many snugs we have lost count. It's the ideal choice if you're wandering around town with someone who still has loads of shopping to do - just duck out and tell them to meet you at O'Neills in an hour or two.
If you're looking for the most elaborate Christmas lights in Dublin, look no further than the Gingerman. Both the interior and the exterior are decked out in an intertwined network of decorations that one cannot even begin to comprehend, so don't try to understand them, just look at them in awe. Their sizeable gin & tonics and heated smoking area certainly add to the appeal of what could very well be Dublin's most Christmassy pub.
While this pub is a little bit off the beaten track, nestled at the end of Rathmines, it is well worth the journey (plus, it could even be on the way home for some of you!) This is a cosy little pub with lovely staff who instantly make you feel like you're a regular as soon as you walk in.
Perched at the top of Capel Street, Beerhouse's location is perfect if you've finally finished up buying your last minute bits & bobs on Henry Street and are in dire need of a drink. They've got a great selection of craft beers, pizza, and board games to pass the time with by the fire as you gather your strength.
The Porterhouse Central
Tucked away behind Grafton Street, this pub is exactly what you need on a cold Christmas Eve. With an extensive craft beer and cocktail menu accompanied by a hefty food menu, this place is ideal for refuelling before hitting the shops again. While the pub may seem jammers when you first enter, it's worth giving a chance. The atmosphere alone is enough to put you in flying form for Christmas Day!