The ultimate 5 best cocktail bars in Dublin, Ireland

Looking some of the best cocktail bars in Dublin? Be sure to check out these incredible spots in Dublin City!

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 terraces and bars and stunning cocktail lounges with award-winning quirky cocktails, there is somewhere in Dublin for anyone to enjoy a good selection of cocktails.

5. Capitol, Aungier Street – a top pick for students

Any student's looking classy cocktails, check out Capitol on Aungier Street.

For students struggling with college life, this one is for you. Open from 2 pm to 3 am, this bar is excellent for a bit of day drinking when the workload takes its toll. It also offers a proper late night party 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 impressive cocktail bar.

After 8pm, jazz your night up by heading up to the Upstairs Lounge, or reserve the private hire space in advance for that much-anticipated 21st or many kinds of events. 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 – an atmosphere hard to beat

Pygmalion is another of the top greatest and best cocktail bars in Dublin.
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Open from 12 pm until 2:30 am Sunday to Thursday, and until 3:30 am on Thursdays and Fridays, the atmosphere in this dimly-lit cocktail bar is hard to beat and is one of the best bars in Dublin for students.

From the music on Mondays that starts at 6 pm, to the 2-for-1 deal on handcrafted 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 hosting.

You might spend a bit of time queuing out front to get in, but we can guarantee that this stylish cocktail bar is worth the wait.

Address: 59 William St S, Dublin 2, Ireland

3. The Liquor Rooms, Wellington Quay – vintage and retro

Another of the best cocktail bars in Dublin is The Liquor Rooms, on Wellington Quay.

Located a stone’s throw from Temple Bar, these expert mixologists 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. Still, you’re not just paying for your drinks here, you’re 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 as you take to the dance floor.

Address: 6-8 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 HT44, Ireland

2. Vintage Cocktail Club, Temple Bar – one of the best cocktail bars in Dublin

Vintage Cocktail Bar is great and one of the best cocktail bars in Dublin.
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For the over 23s out there, this 1920s style cocktail 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, snacks, antique furniture, and a truly unique atmosphere.

Be transported back in time as you unwind with one of at Vintage Cocktail Club with award-winning quirky cocktails and chat with friends over one of their many sharing plates. This is a dining experience you won’t forget.

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

1. Rooftop Bar at the Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Dock – a stylish cocktail bar

The Rooftop Bar is one of the best cocktail bars in Dublin.

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, huge selection from their 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, this impressive cocktail bar is the perfect place to come when you want to treat yourself. Perfect for special occasions, this stunning cocktail lounge is among the best in Dublin City.

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

So there you have it, our list of the five 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 Dublin has to offer.

Other notable mentions

When it comes to exclusive cocktail bars in Dublin City serving a range of classic cocktails, a selection of beers, and quirky creations, there are plenty of options to choose from all over the city.

Café En Seine, located on Dawson Street, just off Grafton Street, is a popular choice for food and drinks in the city. Another upscale Dawson Street spot is Fire Restaurant and Lounge, located in the Mansion House with its stunning vaulted ceilings adding to the allure.

Bow Lane Social is a dimly-lit cocktail bar offering bottomless brunch, craft beers on tap, drag shows, and, of course, delicious cocktails. Bow Lane Social is one of the most popular spots in the city, so make sure to reserve a table before visiting!

Just a five-minute walk from Bow Lane is Fade Street Social, a quirky venue with a ground floor bar and restaurant as well as a rooftop terrace.

Other top spots include Stella Cocktail Club in Rathmines, Lucky Duck on Aungier Street, Riot in Temple Bar for arcade games and live DJ sets, NoLita for bottomless brunch, Italian food, and delicious drinks, and Opium on Wexford Street for a late night event.

FAQs about cocktail bars in Dublin

Vintage Cocktail Club, Bow Lane Social, and The Lucky Duck are some of the most popular bars in Dublin.

What is the name of the famous bar in Dublin?

Temple Bar!

How much are cocktails in Dublin?

Depending on where you go, the current price of cocktails in Dublin ranges from around €12 to €16.

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