When people think of drinking in Dublin, the mind tends to go to traditional Irish pubs where someone will inevitably crack out a fiddle at one point.
However, Dublin offers so much more than that. Contrary to the popular belief of more people than you might expect, drinking in Ireland does not mean drinking exclusively in a traditional pub.
From cheap and cheerful student-friendly cocktail deals to rooftop bars and terraces with award-winning cocktails, there is somewhere in Dublin for anyone to enjoy a good cocktail.
5. Capitol, Aungier Street
For students struggling with college life, this one is for you. Open from 2pm to 3am, this bar is great for a bit of day drinking when the workload takes its toll as well as a proper night out any day of the week.
It’s one of the cheaper cocktail bars in the city (which makes it especially appealing to students), but you’ll feel like you’re living the high life in this snazzy bar.
After 8pm, jazz your night up by heading up to the Upstairs Lounge, or reserve the space in advance for that much-anticipated 21st. And, with €4 cocktails from Monday to Wednesday, you can’t say no.
Address: 1 Aungier St, Dublin 2, D02 HF72, Ireland
4. Pygmalion Bar and Restaurant, South William Street
Open from 12pm until 2:30am Sunday to Thursday and until 3:30am on Thursdays and Fridays, the atmosphere in this bar is hard to beat.
From the music on Mondays that starts at 6pm to the 2-for-1 deal on cocktails from Sunday to Monday, there is always plenty happening here.
It’s also worth it to keep your eye on their Facebook page to see the latest event they’re holding.
You might spend a bit of time queuing out front to get in, but we can guarantee that this bar is worth the wait.
Address: 59 William St S, Dublin, Ireland
3. The Liquor Rooms, Wellington Quay
Located a stone’s throw from temple bar, these lads have won more than their fair share of awards for their cocktails.
Pick from one of their four rooms to sit back and enjoy your night or dance your way between them with a cocktail in hand.
Their cocktails are a little bit on the pricier side, but you’re not just paying for your drinks here; you’re also paying for the experience provided by their vintage feel and their drink craftsmanship.
Bring your dancing shoes on a night out here, as you’re definitely going to be needing them.
Address: 6-8 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 HT44, Ireland
2. Vintage Cocktail Club, Temple Bar
For the over 23s out there, this 1920s style bar is unlike anything else in the city.
You’ll find the Vintage Cocktail Club tucked away in Temple Bar where you ring a bell and are greeted by a range of cocktails and snacked and a truly unique atmosphere.
Be transported back in time as you unwind with one of their award-winning cocktails and chat with friends over one of their many sharing plates.
Address: 15 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 E229, Ireland
1. Rooftop Bar at the Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Dock
This chic and stylish bar located in the heart of Grand Canal Dock is the perfect place for date night with its 360° view of Dublin, extensive cocktail menu and comfy couches to sink into as you chat the night away in a relaxed, cosy and sophisticated lounge.
As the sun rises, watch it transform back into a dynamic space that hosts yoga classes.
Engage with the beautiful city of Dublin from above, without becoming overwhelmed by its daily hustle and bustle.
Whether you come here with a date, with friends or alone, it is the perfect place to come when you want to treat yourself.
Address: Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2, D02 CK38, Ireland
So there you have it, our list of the 5 best cocktail bars in Dublin. So step out of the Irish pub and put the Tesco cans back on the shelf and enjoy the cosmopolitan drinking scene that Dublin has to offer.