Dublin is positively overflowing with great pubs, so many that it’s hard to know where to try next!
All that choice can be intimidating, so you end up doing the same old things, going to the same old places.
But not this week. This week you try something different.
We’ve teamed up with Heineken, who invite you to discover their recently launched Wild Lager called H41, to help you discover someplace new in Dublin, or at least rediscover somewhere you might not have been in a while.
1. The Jug
Having only opened its doors in December, you might not have had to chance to visit this relatively new addition to Dublin’s bar scene just yet.
This cosy little spot is located near the infamous Princess Leia mural and boasts some reasonable drink deals. They’re also known for offering live entertainment on occasion.
You’ll find The Jug at 40 Francis Street.
Now this is proper, traditional Dublin pub.
The old-fashioned establishment is the kind of place you go for a long chat over a pint with mates.
They’ve even got a fan in Justin Bieber himself, who paid the pub a visit when he last performed in Dublin. And I think we can all trust the opinion of The Biebz.
You’ll find O’Donoghue’s at 15 Merrion Row.
With its understated exterior, it’s easy to overlook this spot, but it really deserves to be on your radar.
Deriving its name from a renowned drinking hole that was once housed in JFK airport, Idlewild is all about classy cocktails and ‘boilermakers’, which is essentially just a craft beer paired with a shot of whiskey.
What’s really great about the place is how comfortable it is; it feels like you’re in a mate’s living room.
You’ll find Idlewild on Fade Street.
4. Harry’s On The Green
If you love a good basement bar, you need to make the descent into Harry’s.
With its discreet seating areas and elaborate layout, this New York-style joint oozes charm. It’s great for bringing a gang of friends together, especially with their various options of sharing platters where you can enjoy chicken wings, spring rolls, cocktail sausages, onion rings and a whole lot more.
You’ll find Harry’s On The Green at 2 Kings Street South.
5. The Cill Airne — Boat Restaurant & Bar
Ever had a bite to eat while on the Liffey? Didn’t think so.
Enjoy the surrounding views of Dublin’s docklands at this boat-cum-restaurant-cum-bar where you can enjoy a cocktail from the outdoor deck — which is glorious on a sunny day, by the way.
Just a five-minute walk from the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, keep this place in mind when planning your next pre-show dinner.
You’ll find The Cill Airne — Boat Restaurant & Bar at North Wall Quay.
6. The Bowery
This bar has got a whole nautical theme going on that could have been lame, but actually turned out looking surprisingly slick.
Like a raft cobbled together from flotsam, the building is made up of genuinely salvaged parts, like the port holes lining the bar coming from Irish Naval auxiliary ship, its floorboards coming from Boland’s Mill in Ringsend, and its wood panelling coming from the former Little Sisters of the Poor convent on The South Circular Road.
Since opening back in October it’s made a reputation for itself as a music venue to be noticed, having played host to the likes of Badly Drawn Boy.
You’ll find the The Bowery at 196 Rathmines Road Lower.
7. The Liquor Rooms
Walking down the stairs into The Liquor Rooms is a bit like stepping into some kind of bizarre and wonderful carnival.
The colourful bar is divided into four separate rooms, each with a different theme: The Black Rabbit (burlesque circus), The Boom Room (the bandstand and dance-floor area), The Mayflower (the conservatory area for events) and The Blind Tiger (the main room for customers to relax in).
The folks behind this unique venue want their customers to enjoy exciting evenings and discover “the most chic of vintage surrounds”. We can get on board with that.
You’ll find The Liquor Rooms at 6-8 Wellington Quay.
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