Grogan's

Not that it’s hard to spark up a conversation with Dubliners, but asking where to find the best Guinness is sure to get someone talking. Everyone has an opinion on where to get the best pint in town, but Grogan’s always seems to come out on top. It’s a classic; the Guinness is always creamy and their cheese toasties make for the only accompaniment you’ll ever want.

Vintage Cocktail Club

Opened by the same owners as the Liquor Rooms, Vintage Cocktail Club was one of the first bars to dominate the resurgence of the cocktail scene in Dublin. VCC’s entrance is a rusty door on Crown Alley – knock and someone will come down and bring you upstairs. There are three very different floors to drink cocktails on, and they seem to get rowdier the higher you go. VCC starts to pick up at around 19:30, so make sure you get there early enough to grab an armchair, seat or sofa.

Whelans

Good music and perhaps even better beer are synonymous with this city, and Whelans offers both in spades. A live-music venice, knock back drinks playing “guess who” with the vintage gig photos on the walls – it’s hard to find a band that hasn’t played here.

P.Macs

There’s not much not to like at P. Macs. Old friends gather around candlelit tables, drinks are poured with care and everything feels just a little slower than outside. Bag a booth and settle in for the night; it’s the kind of place you don’t want to leave – and we suggest you don’t. Just order a bottle of wine and wait for the enormous portions of comfort food to arrive.

The Brazen Head

The Brazen Head dates back to 1198, and is Ireland’s oldest pub. Past patrons include James Joyce, Brendan Behan and Robert Emmet, and more recent clientele include Van Morrison and Garth Brooks. The pub has several rooms in which to cosy up, as well as an outdoor drinking area for smokers. Live music plays every night – listen as you tuck into the excellent Irish stew.

The Chelsea Drugstore

Follow the bright lights to this dark and brooding bohemian cocktail bar in the town centre. Order a round of whiskey cocktails and a side of its amazing cheese-and-potato cakes to help stave off a nasty hangover.

  • +353 1 613 9093
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  • 25 South Great George's Street
    Dublin 2

Farrier and Draper

A little like something from the set of Peaky Blinders, Farrier and Draper is a 20s dive. With antique artwork covering the walls all the way up to the ceiling and an impressive double-height bar stocking every gin under the sun, endless cocktail opportunities await.

The Long Hall

This boozer got its name thanks to the long snug which scores the heart of this pub on steroids. Victoriana is everywhere here. From the florid red carpet to the hand-carved wooden bar to the leather-upholstered stools, the decor in this 19th-century cubbyhole hasn’t changed much since its last renovation in 1881. It remains one of the most charming pubs in Dublin, in our humble but incredibly well-informed opinion.

  • +353 1 475 1590
  • 51 South Great George's Street
    Dublin 2

L’Gueuleton

“L’Gueuleton” translates roughly as a “chow-down” or “blowout meal”. Either translation works in conjunction with this bistro-style restaurant which sits in the shadow of Dublin Castle, though we think it’s one of the city’s best places for a glass of wine or two. Like a tavern in old Montmartre, it’s sparsely decorated with rickety-looking wooden furniture, lined with street-facing chairs out front and has a killer wine list to boot.

The Temple Bar

Not to be confused with the wider Temple Bar area, The Temple Bar pub is a must-visit for those seeking high-quality traditional music in the capital. Here you’ll hear classic staples like “The Fields of Athenry” and “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” on repeat, with a carefully selected gig list that ensures you’ll listen to the prime players in town. Established in 1840, this busy bar offers great craic; it’s jam-packed, making it figuratively and literally hard to leave.

Brazen Head

House

The Liquor Rooms

VCC

Whelans

The Bernard Shaw

P.Macs

Grogan's

The Chelsea Drugstore

Farrier and Draper

The Drury Buildings

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