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17th Oct 2019

Thirsty Thursdays: nine places to head for a pre-weekend bop

Brian Dillon

Thursday is like Friday Eve. It’s when us Monday to Friday folk start to get on that weekend buzz.

And it’s a well-known fact that Thursday is some buzz in Dublin. You start to get that Friday feeling, and you also feel a little bold because you know you shouldn’t be out. But hey, life is too short, right?

So, if you’re heading out for a few scoops and perhaps a cheeky boogie on a Thursday, here are our top picks for places to head.

Thirsty Thursdays at The George

The George is a severe bop every night of the week, but you could argue that Thursday night is the highlight.

Drag queen Davina Devine plays host as she and her cast of other fierce Dublin queens put on a fabulous show.

Tequila and Taco Thursdays at Bow Lane

Feel like living your Mexican fantasy this Thursday? Then Bow Lane is the place to be.

Every Thursday, they serve up fantastic drink and food deals for students and after-work folk alike.

You can get a bucket of five bottles of Sol beer for €20, as well as two tacos for €5 (or €3 each).


With two for one cocktail (or ‘pygtails’) every night of the week, you can’t go wrong heading to Pyg for a few tipples.

While it tends to be manic on Friday and Saturday, Thursdays aren’t so bad. Plus, Thursday is free entry.

Bop along for some cocktails, unreal grub and fab music that continues into the wee hours.


Hands down one of the best spots in the city centre for after-work drinks.

Now, it’ll probably be jammed, but there’s a reason for that. Toner’s is known to pour one of the best pints of the black stuff in the city.

And their heated beer garden is open year-round. It’s the comfort we look for in an Irish pub, but on a fairly large scale.

Berlin Bar

Berlin Bar is a class spot for live music, DJs, and food.

Their Afro-Caribbean Soul Food is to die for and go perfectly with a few beers, or perhaps some of their tasty cocktails.

The Grand Social

This boho-circus themed venue is a great shout of a Thursday.

Open until midnight, you can expect fabulous cocktails (some of which are two for €12) paired with unreal pizza and delicious bar grub.

They actually have a pizza and pint deal for €12.


Open until 11.30pm on Thursday, NoLIta is another great spot for some after-work bites and cocktails.

They have quite an extensive cocktail menu, as well as an unbelievable Italian-inspired dinner menu, from which you can order authentic Italian pizzas, pasta dishes and different bar bits such as wings and fries.


Open until 1.30am on a Thursday, Dakota on South William St has possibly one of the longest cocktail lists in Dublin.

As well as that, they are also known for their ‘celebration trees’, available seven days a week. They normally cost €90 on the weekend, but if you head along on a Thursday, you can get it for €60.

They also have unreal dinner and finger food menus.

Look at it. It’s glorious!

The Balck Door

If you’re in the market for a late one (or a little bit of a mad one), then The Black Door on Harcourt Street is an ideal place for that on a Thursday night, because they start their weekend early.

Featuring great music by some of Dublin’s best DJs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, it’s the one spot that won’t be rammed with college students on a mad sesh (we were all them at one stage).

The Black Door is open until 4am on Thursdays.

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