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17th Oct 2023

7 pubs near 3Arena for a pint before the Arctic Monkeys

Fiona Frawley

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By all accounts, the band are making up for lost time with their rescheduled Irish dates.

If you’ve found it in your heart to forgive the Arctic Monkeys for the last minute gig cancellation fiasco over the summer and are 3Arena-bound this week, we’ve got you covered.

A good spot for a pint near the 3Arena can feel rarer than a can of Dandelion and Burdock at times, but if you know where to look and don’t mind a little walk along the Liffey, there are places you can go. For those headed to this week’s gigs, here’s a round up of seven great spots to grab a pre-show pint at.


Poolbeg Street

A bit of a longer stroll than some others on the list to the 3Arena at 25 minutes, but if you’re coming from town anyway you might as well stop in and sample what’s widely regarded as the best Guinness in Dublin.

The Oarsman


Just a ten minute walk from the 3Arena, this iconic Dublin pub has loads of nooks and crannies to settle into and was also frequently mentioned in Ulysses under its old name of Tunney’s. And I think we can all agree that if James Joyce and Alex Turner were around in the same era, they would have been mates.

The Green Room

Sherriff Street Upper

Just a five minute walk from the Point, The Green Room is known for being the place to go before a gig. They tend to pump out the tunes of whatever artist is playing before they take the 3Arena stage, so hopefully Alex and co will be blaring while you sip your Mexican coke.

Dockers Bar

Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Docklands 

Another well-trodden spot for a pre-gig tipple, the Dockers garden is perfect for a cocktail and their carefully curated menu has something to suit all tastes. They’ve also got a hearty bar menu boasting toasties, loaded fries and elegant cheeseboards.

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Customs House Dock 

Overlooking the Dublin Docklands, the Harbourmaster is the ideal location for sipping a Old Fashioned while looking wistfully out at the water, dreaming of Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino.


Grand Canal Dock 

Embrace Americana with a trip to Mackenzies for an Aperol and a quick pre-gig photoshoot in one of the candy cane-striped booths.

The Ferryman

Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Docklands 

This well-loved Dublin pub overlooks the Liffey and is just a hop, skip and a jump over the Samuel Beckett Bridge away from the 3 Arena.

The Arctic Monkeys play the 3Arena tonight (17th) and Thursday, 19th Oct.

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