Where to Drink in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin’s bar scene is coming into its own, with cocktail spots and neighbourhood joints beginning to rival the city’s hallowed pubs in number – and popularity. Here are three to raise a glass in

We could spout off all the best places for a pint of Guinness with ease (we're well acquainted with the city's best pubs), but Dublin's well-stocked drinking scene extends far beyond "the black stuff". From beer gardens to cosy bars and buzzy tequila dens, here's where to raise a glass in the city.

Drury Buildings, Dublin


The Drury Buildings

The graffitied exterior makes Drury Buildings hard to miss. The old rag trade building, open since 2013, is a buzzy central spot for a post-sightseeing tipple. Wines, cocktails and craft beers are served up in New York-meets-Berlin surroundings. Reserve a seat out back, in the heated walled garden, and tuck into bar bites - our order's the charcuterie platter - to really get things off to a swinging start. For more substantial fare, venture upstairs for an à la carte dinner with a Mediterranean influence.


52-55 Drury St, Dublin 2, D02 VY15

The Bar with No Name, Dublin


The Bar with No Name

A bar that goes by many names, but none of which is official, the Bar With No Name/Snail Bar/No Name Bar - take your pick - is a city institution. Positioned on Fade Street, the upmarket, red-brick boozer - part of Kellys Hotel - is marked by a wooden carving of a snail that hangs above the door. Sandwiched between two A-grade restaurants, Fade Street Social and l'Gueuleton (bookmark these for later), the first-floor bar is relaxed in atmosphere, with punchy cocktails available alongside pints of Guinness. On rainier Dublin days, cosy up by the open fireplace until showers pass.


Fadebrook Hse, 3 Fade St, Dublin 2, D02 FN44

777, Dublin



A cool dive bar with epic Mexican food, 777 is loved locally for its strong pours and lip-smacking eats - the Taquitos and Tostadas section of the menu peaks with the tuna sashimi and beef brisket. Those in the know refer to this place as "triple seven", and head here early in the week for Margarita Mondays and/or Taco Tuesdays. Weather permitting, the outdoor area, Afuera, is a "liquid homage to Don Julio cocktails and tasty bites".


16 S Great George's St, Dublin 2, D02 RX86

The exterior of The Palace Bar, Dublin, Ireland


The Palace Bar

Dublin’s literary elders were oft-to be found shoring themselves up with a dram or two, and a favourite watering hole of the 20th century’s best scribes was this mahogany-clad whiskey merchant. Under the patronage of a renowned Irish Times editor (the newspaper offices are a broadsheet’s width away), this grand old Victorian public house became a rendezvous point for the city’s whip-smart intellectual set. Today, the newspaper’s offices remain a quick walk away, and the pub, popular among its writers.


21 Fleet St, Temple Bar, D02 H950

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