Top 10 bars and pubs in Dublin that locals swear by

Here are 10 bars and pubs in Dublin that locals swear by

As the capital of Ireland, Dublin city is brimming with local life and culture, street performers, cool restaurants, historical sites, and, of course, some of the finest pubs on the entire island.

In fact, as of February 2018, Dublin had over 772 bars, meaning the city offers a style or vibe suitable for every type of pub-going occasion.

That said, with so much choice on offer, it can be tricky—especially when you’re only discovering a city for the first time—to know where to go.

While opinions vary and vibes depend on the day and time, one thing for sure is that these are 10 bars and pubs in Dublin that locals swear by.

10. O’Neill’s – for setting

O'Neill's is one of 10 bars and pubs in Dublin that locals swear by

Located in the heart of Dublin, close to Grafton Street and Trinity College, is O’Neill’s. Sitting opposite the Molly Malone statue, this is a perfect stop-off when exploring Dublin city.

Although this pub is not huge, it has various sections split over multiple floors. As it is set out like an endless maze, it is easy to get lost in here, but wherever you end up will be a solid spot!

Address2 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2

9. The Palace – for a no-frills spot

The Palace is one of 10 bars and pubs in Dublin that locals swear by

This place is the epitome of a local’s pub in Ireland. It’s simple and straightforward with a no-frills approach. The décor is of the Victorian era, and the wooden panelling and stained glass will transport you to a time forgotten.

Forget a TV showing sports or background music to bop to; this is the type of spot where you enjoy a pint of Guinness while watching an impromptu trad music session.

Address21 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

8. The Stag’s Head – for atmosphere

The Stag's Head is one of 10 bars and pubs in Dublin that locals swear by

Set on a side street in Dublin is The Stag’s Head. This famous little bar is one the locals swear by.

Brimming with character, the Victorian setting offers stained glass features and antique chandeliers, as well as some of the finest pub vibes in the city.

Address1 Dame Court, Dublin 2

7. Kehoes – for a date

Kehoes is one of 10 bars and pubs in Dublin that locals swear by
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Located just off Grafton Street, this little Dublin pub is small and cosy and is a popular place for locals who love after-work pints or enjoy filling the street outside on a sunny day in Dublin.

The venue is intimate with little secret snugs, making it a great date spot too.

Address9 Anne Street South, Dublin 2

6. The Cobblestone – for live music

If you’re looking for proper Irish tunes, check out the Cobblestone in Dublin.
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If you’re looking for proper Irish tunes, check out the Cobblestone in Smithfield. Located a short walk from the centre of the city, this is certainly one of the top 10 bars and pubs in Dublin that locals swear by.

Cosy and charming, this is the sort of place where impromptu trad sessions thrive in abundance!

Address77 King Street North, Smithfield, Dublin 7

5. The Long Hall – for old-school vibes

The Long Hall in Dublin serves a fine pint of Guinness

This veteran pub on the Dublin social scene has been licensed since 1766, making it one of the oldest operating pubs in the city.

Long (as you may have guessed from the name) and narrow, this pub serves a fine pint of Guinness, and with its dimly lit Victorian interior, it also makes for a nice date spot.

Address51 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

4. Mulligan’s – for local craic

Mulligan's offers classic pub vibes in the heart of Dublin
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Located on a sleepy side street that runs parallel to the River Liffey is Mulligan’s, a little local gem that Dubliners have favoured for years.

This no-nonsense pub offers solid pints and classic pub vibes in the heart of Dublin, and it’s the kind of place where locals and bartenders know each other by name.

Address8 Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2

3. Grogan’s – for people-watching

Grogan's is one of the top 10 bars and pubs that Dublin locals swear by
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Located on the corner of South William Street and Castle Market is Grogan’s, yet another no-nonsense pub on our list.

It’s small and cosy inside, but the focus area is its outdoor seating, which makes for one of the prime people-watching spots in Dublin.

Address15 William Street South, Dublin 2

2. Toner’s – for the Guinness

Toner's is one of the top 10 bars and pubs that Dublin locals swear by
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Some say that Toner’s does the best pint of Guinness in all of Dublin, and we’re not going to fight them there. This pub has one of the best-covered beer gardens in Dublin and is lively no matter what day you pop by.

Address139 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2

1. O’Donoghue’s – for a post-work pint

O'Donoghue's is one of the top 10 bars and pubs that Dublin locals swear by

Located down the road from Toner’s is O’Donoghue’s. This is another small and characterful Irish pub, which has a great little alleyway-style beer garden, and it tops our list of bars and pubs in Dublin that locals swear by.

Impromptu trad sessions from locals spice up the atmosphere here, and, dare we say O’Donoghue’s also does one of the best pints of the “black stuff” (a.k.a. Guinness)!

Address15 Merrion Row, Dublin

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Paris Donnatella is an avid writer and traveller. From a young age, nomadic parents placed a strong emphasis on education in real experience and the outdoors - a trait which has carried through her life and into her career. She has travelled Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Australia and still claims that wanderlust tempts her daily. Saying that she believes Ireland - her homeland - is the most enchanting place she has ever been and is passionate about documenting the Emerald Isle. Chances are, you can find her drinking coffee in some hidden gem cafe in Dublin, planning her next big trip.