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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 to cosy up in, as well as an outdoor drinking area for smokers. Live music plays every night, and the Irish stew is excellent.

House

Two joined Georgian townhouses create one ‘home’ that becomes progressively more casual the further you move inside: starting with a formal living room and ending with a red-velvet disco in the basement. A massive plant-filled patio in the back with romantically strung light bulbs makes it the perfect place to drink when the weather is good. There is a blue room with velvet sofas in the front for reading, and a deep, dark red room with a fireplace that burns through the summer months as well as a great selection of wines that operate by a brilliant credit system. A place to spend a very long evening in.

The Liquor Rooms

The speakeasy trend that swept New York and London has reached Dublin, and Liquor Rooms and VCC (below) are proof of its popularity. Here you’ll find an adult playground decked out with four completely different rooms that evoke the decadence of the 1920s – start off in the Mayflower room, which looks like an outdoor terrace, and move into the Black Rabbit to dance under a circus tent. When you’re tired or want to do more than dance, head to the Blind Tiger, where there are plenty of dark corners to get lost in. They’re open until around 4:30AM on weekends, which gives you plenty of time to sample their drinks (they were recently nominated for an International Cocktail Award).

VCC

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.

The Bernard Shaw

Named after one of the city’s greatest writers, The Bernard Shaw is people-watching paradise. From the street it looks like any of the other pubs dotted around Dublin, but step inside and you’ll find an edgy vibe reminiscent of East London. The beer garden is complete with a bus, naturally, so grab some pizza, a load of beers and set up shop inside.

  • +353 1 906 0218
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  • 11–12 South Richmond Street
    Dublin 2

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.

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.

The Chelsea Drugstore

Follow the bright lights to this bohemian cocktail bar in the town centre. Dark and brooding, order a round of whiskey cocktails and a side of their amazing cheese and potato cakes to help stave off a nasty hangover.

  • +353 1 613 9093
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  • 25 South Great Georges Street
    Dublin 2

Farrier and Draper

A little like something from the set of Peaky Blinders, Farrier and Draper is a 1920s dive. With antique artwork all the way up to the ceiling and an impressive double-height bar stocking every gin under the sun, endless cocktail opportunities await.

  • +353 1 677 1220
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  • Powerscourt Townhouse
    59 William Street South
    Dublin 2

The Drury Buildings

With a graffitied facade The Drury Buildings hard to miss. A mishmash of Berlin, New York and Melbourne stylings align across this six story, old rag trade building. A great central spot for post-sightseeing tipple, The Drury Buildings serves up wines, cocktails and craft beer, in vibrant surroundings. It’s best to grab a seat right in the back in the walled heated garden and set yourself up for the night.

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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