It's sunny. It's Thursday. It's time.
Sure, it could be a little bit warmer out there – but who knows when we're going to see a cloudless sky again?
Beautiful décor, a fantastic selection of drinks and a top location make Blackbird a great meeting spot – and topping it all off is its beer garden.
While so many Dublin pubs tend to box their terrace off, Blackbird has opted for a cosy, open-plan outdoor seating area that looks out onto the street from two sides. Slick.
9. The Bath
The Bath’s front beer garden is perfectly located in a buzzing residential part of town – and the Base Wood Fired Pizza on offer really tops it off.
If you don't make it there today, at least head for the Scotland match this weekend.
The high walls at Toner's give its beer garden a lovely secluded effect, and provide for a lively atmosphere where conversations bounce off the wall – much like its gorgeous indoor snugs.
7. The Long Stone
Its central location makes The Long Stone an ideal place to meet up with friends, and the design of this garden – and then challenge them to a game of pool.
Because what's the point of having friends if you can't win against them, and parade your victory all evening?
6. The Living Room
Big garden, big screen, big atmosphere. This place off O'Connell Street is practically a small stadium in its own right; a very lively spot for any game, or a big occasion like today.
Create a giant beer garden and they will come.
DTwo on Harcourt Street has proved this logic true time and time again, and surely pull this off better than anyone else – a huge space with green and red lighting to give the place a tropical feel.
A fantastic drink selection topped off with a whopper terrace area, overlooked by Georgian buildings. House has handily accounted for Dublin’s famously erratic weather with a lightweight covering, but sure you won't be needing that today.
Something other than Astroturf covering the ground would bump this place up the list... five-a-side chic is yet to fully break as a trend, but here's hoping!
3. The Barge
The Barge scores so high on this list because of the customers’ tendency to expand the size of this beer garden to suit their own needs.
Indeed, this spot becomes a magnet on every sunny evening of the summer, as bouncers desperately attempt to maintain an invisible line on the north side of the canal and don’t allow you to bring drinks across from there – but sure that’s why God invented Spar.
2. The Pav
The largest beer garden of them all, smack bang in the middle of Trinity College.
There’s simply no other location in the city like it – and while it's technically supposed to be used only by students, we all know it's for ALL of us.
What beer garden has its own double-decker bus that doubles as a pizza joint?
The Shaw. That's where.
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