Renowned for being the sparkling jewel at the heart of the Emerald Isle, Dublin is steeped in rich history, boasting some fantastic architecture and open green spaces…
OK, that’s enough of that! This is a rundown of the Best Pubs in Dublin, not an ode to the city and its heritage! You’re here for the beer (or Guinness to be exact) and we’re here to tell you the biggest and best pubs and bars this buzzing party city has on offer.
So kick back with a cool pint of the dark stuff and check out the best boozers for your Stag Do in Dublin.
The Palace Bar
A traditional Irish boozer in the heart of Temple Bar seems an appropriate place to kick things off. A wonderful throwback to a bygone era, this place has retained all the charms which make it what it is: a brilliant watering hole. The décor has been preserved since the bar was built many Irish moons ago in 1823, and this is one of the many, many reasons we have selected it for our list. We wouldn’t blame you if you pitched up here and lost yourselves for an afternoon because, trust us, you won’t want to leave.
21 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Distance from Temple Bar: 500 metres
Oliver St. John Gogarty
If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned Irish knees-up, Oliver St. John Gogarty is the place to go. With live music blasting out from 1pm until 2.30am the party really doesn’t stop (well, OK, it does at 2.30am, Mr Pedantic, but the good people here need to get their beauty sleep so they can get up and do it all over again the next day!). Turn up at any time throughout the day and you’re guaranteed to find the famous buzzing party atmosphere Dublin is famed for.
18-21 Anglesea Street Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Distance from Temple Bar: 400 metres
“A drinking pub with a music problem!” The party isn’t restricted to Temple Bar and The Cobblestone is definitive proof of this. With traditional Irish music on weekday evenings and weekends from 2pm, this is a great place to swing by for a pint or three to check out some of the best musical talent on offer in this vibrant city, as you bask in the relaxed vibe of a traditional Irish pub. You could come back every evening and still have the same great craic as if you’d unearthed another hidden gem each time.
77 King Street, Smithfield, Dublin
Distance from Temple Bar: 1,200 metres
The Temple Bar
Although there is more to Dublin’s pub scene than Temple Bar, The Temple Bar in Temple Bar is the central hub of this party city. If every temple were as good as this one, we’d be on the next flight to India (because it has lots of temples, if that wasn’t clear). The beating heart of Dublin pub life, you have to have at least one pint of Guinness when you’re here otherwise you haven’t actually ‘done’ Dublin! Get there early to beat the crowds and get ready to kick the party into gear.
47-48 Temple Bar, D02 N725
Distance from Temple Bar: 0 metres
The Brazen Head
Ah, 1198, what a year! There was the infamous solar eclipse on the 7th of February, Emperor Tsuchimikado ascended the throne of Japan, Bono was just a twinkle in his great, great, great, great (probably a few more ‘greats’) grandfather’s eye, oh and the brilliant Brazen Head opened its doors to the thirsty Irish public. This being the first pub in the country, the punters must have been gasping for a pint! The queue was probably huge, too. Nowadays it still stands proudly to the east of Temple Bar and is a must on your tour of Dublin pubs.
20 Bridge Street Lower, Dublin 8
Distance from Temple Bar: 650 metres
As you may have noticed we’re big fans of tradition, of history, of all things retro, and Token might have just taken the accolade for the best blend of all three. No, we’re not talking about one of the oldest pubs in the country here, we’re not talking exposed beams, we’re not talking that odd smell that comes with over thirty years of alcoholic beverages being spilt onto a horrendously jazzy carpet. We’re talking retro games. That’s right, Pacman, Street Fighter, Tetris, Donkey Kong and many more classics! Lock in for an afternoon of button bashing, joystick jostling, digital carnage!
72-72 Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Distance from Temple Bar: 1,100 metres
The Porterhouse Central
Porterhouse Brewery has been blazing a trail for the craft beer scene since the ‘90s and they’re even a founding member of the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland. So if you’re a fan of a session IPA, of an imperial stout, of an effervescent pilsner, then a pit stop at The Porterhouse Central is a must. Hey, why make it a pit stop when you can slam that handbrake on and pitch up for the afternoon? Go the whole hog and take the wheels off and you’ll never have to leave!
45 Nassau Street, D02 RP20
Distance from Temple Bar: 700 metres
The Old Storehouse
The staff are brilliant, the atmosphere is electric and the Guinnessesesss (that’s the plural, right?) are foaming! The Old Storehouse ticks all the boxes you want in an Irish boozer and they really know how to kick a party into gear. They have the main bar which plays host to brilliant live music sessions, a quieter bar where you can chill out and relax, and a self-contained venue next door which can be hired out!
3 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, D02 CX67
Distance from Temple Bar: 350 metres
Buskers On The Ball
Some people go to a bar to quench a literal thirst, but other’s head on out to quench a competitive thirst. If this sounds like you, you’re going to want to head to Buskers On The Ball where you can throw a bit of sporting competition into the mix. With five ping pong tables, four pool tables, two table football tables and an American pool table you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied whilst you catch all the sporting action on the twelve huge screens which are dotted about throughout. Game On!
13-17 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, D02 WD51
Distance from Temple Bar: 500 metres
The Bernard Shaw
The Bernard Shaw is all sorts of cool; it’s achingly cool. It’s alternative, it’s vibrant, it’s definitely worth a visit. Whether you time it right for one of their epic events: a graffiti battle, a crisp festival, a hot tub party, or whether you just pop in for a pint, it’s certainly a boozy experience like no other. They even take part in the #BinittoWinit campaign where you can help to clear up the Dublin Canalside. Fill up one of their bags full of cans and plastics and exchange it for a beer token! Winner, winner, Guinness liquid dinner!
11-12 Richmond Street South, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2
Distance from Temple Bar: 1,700 metres
The Parnell Heritage Pub & Grill
They say bad things come in threes, but the Parnell Heritage Pub & Grill flips that saying on its head and roundhouse kicks it out the door. With a delicious food menu, great drinks and a rooftop terrace we’d say that’s the magic hat trick which elevates a pub from pretty good to pretty epic. They have a range of traditional Irish dishes on offer to fuel you up before that big night out – the Guinness casserole takes gravy to the next level.
72-74 Parnell Street, North City, Dublin 1
Distance from Temple Bar: 1,100 metres
Toner’s began life in 1818 as both a bar and a grocery shop. Whilst those cauliflowers have long since gone the bar still remains. Proof if proof were needed that beer is infinitely better than veg. Great on a sunny day, they have a vibrant beer garden out back which quickly packs itself out so be sure to rock up early to grab a spot! It’s far enough from Temple Bar that you can really delve into local Irish life, away from the busy tourist spots, but close enough that it’s easily accessible. Ideal!
Lower Baggot Street, D02 N231, Dublin 2
Distance from Temple Bar: 1,600 metres
Grogan’s Castle Lounge
A bustling city boozer with the intimate atmosphere of a rural local, Grogan’s Castle Lounge boasts the best of both publican worlds which makes it one of our favourite taverns in this fine city. In keeping with its name, the artwork on the walls wouldn’t look out of place in a royal residence, with loads of brilliant pieces dotted about by Irish and international artists. However, what truly wowed us were the toasties! We admit, we aren’t art connoisseurs, but we’re certainly Irish cheddar cheese connoisseurs.
15 William Street, D02 H336
Distance from Temple Bar: 600 metres.
A spot where bearded men regale in tales of Scandinavian life and discuss the comfort of their new tunics… Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a hipster’s hangout, O’Donoghue’s is actually built on a site where early Viking settlers would gather in Dublin. Though the Vikings are long gone, the beards are making a strong comeback, and the site is now a buzzing bar. There’s always a vibrant party atmosphere to enjoy with live music Sunday through until Wednesday from 9pm every evening.
Suffolk Street, Dublin Southside
Distance from Temple Bar: 650 metres.
A proper rockin’ hangout, Bruxelles is split into three epic bars and is where musical legends pitch up on their trips to this buzzing party city. Oasis, Paul Weller and Ronnie Wood are just a few of the big names that have partied through until the early hours here. The Saloon Bar on the ground floor is a sports bar featuring DJs and live music, Flanders Bar is where the rockers hang out with a mega ‘70s playlist blaring, and the Zodiac Bar is where the alternative rock crowd head. Pitch up and crank the party up to eleven!
8 Harry Street, Dublin 2, D02 KX36
Distance from Temple Bar: 1,000 metres
The original spot for this glorious boozer is now a shopping centre – we know, sacrilege! But the guys knew a good thing when they saw it and kept this bar alive in various forms until Sinnott’s was back with a bang in 1989 where it has stood proudly ever since. Inside this outrageously cool pub, you’ll see the wall adorned with an incredible selection of portraits of some of the greatest writers this planet has ever seen, which adds to its fantastic, quirky charm. Rock up and watch the big game or hang around until its famous nightlife kicks into gear. Sinnott’s is a great venue for all occasions.
South King Street, Dublin 2
Distance from Temple Bar: 900 metres
Those of you who have visited Camden, England, the adjectives: vibrant, alternative and ultra-cool probably spring to mind. Well, the Camden Exchange is formed in the same mould and is a fantastic place to post up for an afternoon. This buzzing bar boasts a great selection of drinks and food and is a funky place to kick back for a few hours to soak up the atmosphere. From the wooden décor to the truck jutting out of the wall, to the cool artwork, it is undoubtedly an experience not to be missed.
72-73 Camden Street Lower Saint Kevin’s, D02 E092
Distance from Temple Bar: 1,300 metres