10 Best Places To Grab A Coffee And Work In Dublin With Free Wifi
Many of us choose to work remotely these days, with ties to the physical office not as important as they once were.
You might need to check your emails between meetings, tie up a few loose ends online at the end of a day or simply want a change of scenery, but finding the perfect spot for a bit of surfing can be tricky.
In compiling this list, I've made sure each places met the vitally important criteria: a good strong free wifi connectio, plugs to charge laptops or phone, and of course, good coffee.
All of the venues selected below tick all the boxes and are spread out around the city, to give you an option for all situations. Make sure to enhance the list with some suggestions of your own in the comments.
1. The Central Hotel / Exchequer
This is a bit of a hidden gem and the Wifi here stretches across a few different areas. You can enjoy it throughout the central hotel but the quiet old school nature of the Library bar is the place to go if you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle outside. You can also pop in to the trendy Exchequer bar next door for nice cocktails, coffee or food. Full map (Google Maps link)
This is one of those sorts of places that you walk past a million times without ever realizing what is inside. They have super wifi and some of the biggest most comfortable seats you will ever come across and you can find yourself getting loads of work done in here and losing hours of your time. Full map (Google Maps link)
A hip spot that is always busy down in Smithfield Square. Lots of space and tables at a nice working height with the odd plug dotted around if you are lucky. You can stay here for long periods of time and with some great salads and lunch offers it makes the perfect spot for getting a large volume of work done. Full map (Google Maps link)
If you are hanging out in the tourist Mecca that is Temple Bar then this is the place to get away from it all and grab your laptop. The coffee is really excellent and if you have too many of them and start getting the shakes you can always start on their selection of delicious juices.
In terms of trendy spost that fit in with the tech culture of local internet giants like Google and Facebook this is the perfect spot. The industrial design and award winning coffee will keep you coming back here time and again. Coffee is very subjective but I'd say this is the best in Dublin. Full map (Google Maps link)
Probably quite controversial addition to the list given that they are a large global brand and their coffee is pretty shite but in terms of offering up free WIFI there is no better organization in the world. Always seems to work, is always fast and can be relied on when ducking in between meetings. Full map (Google Maps link)
37 Dawson Street
The key here is making sure you secure the lovely little seats in the window because there is no better place to work during the week, have a couple of coffees and watch the world go by. There are plenty of other seats but in terms of people watching you need to be here early to grab prime position.
This is the one that will always tick absolutely every single box for you every single time. They have a huge amount of plugs, great tables to sit at and have meetings and it is never that packed during the day. They also never hassle you so staying here for hours at a time is not a problem.
This is my own local and it has to be one of the best places in town to set up a mobile office for the day. The large room is perfect for getting in to working frame of mind. You might have to bring earphones because the yummy mummies do descend in the afternoon and the place can turn into a bit of a creche but apart from that it is perfect.
Bank Of Ireland Innovation Lounge
Something completely different here coming from the most hated of Irish institutions...a bank. BOI are trying to give something back with an innovation lounge on the bottom of Grafton street with comfy seating and free wifi. You'll have to grab your own coffee on Grafton street and be comfortable with swapping your personal details for free wifi but you might as well get something free from the bank. Full map (Google Maps link)
I curated the list myself from places I knew and some suggestions but I also got some great replies on Twitter...
@NiallHarbison also FixxCoffee..guess where the fixx for filmfixx came from ha great spot!
— filmfixx (@filmfixx) October 18, 2013
@NiallHarbison Also @FixxCoffeehouse and Cafe Noto at the Westbury (you can tell I've done this a lot).
— janeruffino (@janeruffino) October 18, 2013
@NiallHarbison I get a lot of work done in @coffeeangel on Pembroke Street Lower.
— Damian Bannon (@damianb) October 18, 2013
@NiallHarbison @accentslounge is a great spot. (Also in your list, if you could include whether the wifi supports FTP, that'd be great)
— Shane Moloney (@s_moloney) October 18, 2013
@NiallHarbison I started making this list previously for someone who was visiting, didn't get very far - https://t.co/X2GJrAEVXZ
— Vincent Lyons (@lyonsv) October 18, 2013