The 10 snazziest bars in Ireland

If there’s one thing the Irish are known for, it’s their drinking habits, so you can’t really come to Ireland without checking out some of its nightlife. Check out our list of the top ten snazziest bars in Ireland.

No matter where you travel around the world, it’s almost inevitable you will come across an Irish bar, but none are truly like those on the Emerald Isle. Ireland is home to some of the snazziest bars in the entire world.

Ireland’s bars offer everything from Jazz Age decadence to stunning sea views and glamorous settings. Read on to find out our top ten snazziest bars throughout the island.

10. The Observatory at Grand Central Hotel, Belfast

Grand Central Hotel has a wonderful view from their conservatory bar.
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Hasting’s Grand Central Hotel is home to Ireland’s tallest cocktail lounge, The Observatory, so stopping for a drink here is a must-do if you’re in Belfast. From the bar, you can sit back, cocktail in hand, and take in the incredible views of the city from above.

Address: 9-15 Bedford St, Belfast BT2 7FF

9. Café en Seine, Dublin

Café en Seine is another of the best bars in Dublin, and very classy.
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Café en Seine on Dawson Street is one of Dublin’s swankiest bars. This elegant bar spans over three floors and is filled to the brim with art nouveau décor. Finishing touches include the Doric columns, and panelled glass ceilings add to the feeling of opulence and grandeur. Not to mention they also have an indoor Street Garden.

Address: 40 Dawson St, Dublin

8. The Boathouse Winebar, Kerry

The Boathouse Winebar is a great bar to grab a drink, especially while looking over the water.
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This stylish wine bar is a 19th-century boathouse located directly on the waterfront in Dromquinna Manor Estate, Kenmare. The winebar’s website describes it as ‘reminiscent of Nantucket Island living’ due to its pine trees, white walls, illustrated marine art, and blue sea making it the ideal place to sit back and relax with friends over a few drinks.

Address: Greenane, Dromquinna, Co. Kerry, V93 PK83, Ireland

7. Ashford Castle Hotel Bar, Mayo

Ashford Castle Hotel Bar is a great place to grab a drink, and it's very classy too.
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This impressive castle bar oozes opulence. Built in the late 1800s, the Ashford Castle Hotel Bar is finished with lavish furnishings, beautiful wood panelling, and its original fireplace creating a warm, inviting atmosphere to sit back and relax with your favourite tipple.

If you aren’t already convinced that this is one of the snazziest bars in Ireland, we better tell you about the time it was visited by the Prince of Wales in 1905, the same Prince of Wales who was later to become George V of England.

Address: Ashford Castle Estate, Cong, Co. Mayo, F31 CA48, Ireland

6. The Cliff House Hotel, Waterford

The Cliff House Hotel is another of the top snazziest bars in Ireland, you have to try it.

The Cliff House Hotel bar in Ardmore, County Waterford, is the perfect place to relax on a warm summer evening. From the bar, you can enjoy the breath-taking views out over the stunning Ardmore Bay while enjoying a drink or even some traditional Irish cuisine.

Address: Middle Road, Dysert, Ardmore, Co. Waterford, P36 DK38, Ireland

5. NoLIta, Dublin

NoLIta is an amazing place to grab a drink and one of the snazziest bars in Ireland.
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This New-York-style bar and Italian eatery attracts the trendiest of Dublin crowds. Adorned with greenery, NoLIta’s proves an attractive place to go for a drink or two with friends, but this place fills up quickly so you’ll want to make sure you have a reservation so you don’t miss out!

Address: 64 South Great George’s Street, Dublin, Ireland

4. The Merchant Hotel Cocktail Bar, Belfast / Bert’s Jazz Bar

The Merchant Hotel and Bert's Jazz Bar is a must-visit place in Belfast and one of the snazziest bars in Ireland.
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The Merchant Hotel in Belfast is home to several snazzy cocktail bars. First up is its namesake and secondly, Bert’s Jazz Bar.

The Merchant Hotel Cocktail Bar serves a classy feel with antique Baccarat chandeliers, red plush furnishings and an antique fire which work together to create that feeling of opulence and grandeur.

Meanwhile, Bert’s Jazz Bar is themed after 1930s New York with its sense of Art Deco glamour, jazz music, and of course, delicious cocktails.

Address: The Merchant Hotel, 16 Skipper St, Belfast BT1 2DZ

3. The Marker Rooftop Bar, Dublin

Another of the snazziest bars in Ireland is the Marker Rooftop Bar in Dublin.
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The Marker Hotel is one of Dublin’s most stylish hotels located in one of the city’s trendiest areas, Grand Canal Docks, so it’s a pretty safe bet if you’re looking somewhere snazzy to go for a drink or two.

Lounge back on one of the sofas and enjoy the fantastic 360-degree view of Ireland’s capital city from this rooftop bar. It’s truly an unforgettable experience!

Address: Square, Docklands, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin Docklands, Dublin 2, D02 CK38, Ireland

2. G Hotel Bar, Galway

G Hotel is another of the snazziest bars in Ireland, complete with pink colour scheme and disco balls.
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The G Hotel is known as ‘the glammest place in Galway’ so this is one not to miss if you’re going out for drinks in the city. Just make sure you’re ready to get dressed up! Did we mention that the main cocktail bar is adorned with a carpet of Swarovski crystals?

Address: Old Dublin Rd, Galway, Ireland

1.  Vintage Cocktail Club, Dublin

The Vintage Cocktail Club is one of the snazziest bars in Ireland, especially with its classy cocktails.

You can’t come to Dublin without visiting the famous Temple Bar, and what better way to do it than checking out the upscale speakeasy-style venue on its premises? The vintage decoration of this bar gives it a different feel to the busy Temple Bar making it a must-see if you’re in the city.

Address: 15 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 E229, Ireland

There you have it, our top picks for the snazziest bars in Ireland. Go on, give them all a try.

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Siân McQuillan is a student at Queen's University Belfast currently studying a masters degree in media and broadcast Production. When she is not studying or off exploring somewhere new, you will find her expressing her love of writing and visual storytelling by creating content for her online blog and YouTube channel. More than anything else, she loves sharing her travel experiences both abroad and closer to home in Ireland with the hope of inspiring others to visit somewhere new.