Let’s face it; Dublin is a great city, but it isn’t always kind to a student budget. As the second-most expensive city for living costs in the Eurozone, the price of a night out drinking in The Big Smoke can deliver as big a hit to your wallet as it can to your head. However, don’t despair; ahead of the start of the new academic year, we’ve rounded up the best bars and nightclubs that Dublin has to offer for students. The places that have made the list are vibrant, quirky and frequented by young people, as well as offering the best value and cheapest drink deals. Whether you’re coming to study in one of Dublin’s universities or are planning a long weekend in the Irish capital, make sure to follow our list to get the best out of the city as a student, without breaking the bank.
10. Captain America’s
Location: 44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2
Irish students may be more familiar with this venue as a family restaurant and burger joint, but Captain America’s offers some surprisingly good drink deals- especially for students! Student drink promotions are available Monday to Wednesday with a valid student ID, and have before included spirit and mixers for 4 euros and cocktails for 5 euros! With its location in the heart of Dublin city center on Grafton Street, Captain America’s is the perfect place to kick off your student night out in a cheap but fun way.
9. Howl at the Moon
Location: 7/8 Lower Mount Street, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2
This mirror adorned, art deco themed venue may feel expensive, but its drink deals are far from it! The club offers 2.50 drinks on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays across beers, ciders and spirits. Admission is free before 9 pm on Wednesday and Thursday and free before 10 pm on Friday, with a price of 5 euros after. You’re unlikely to find such a wide selection of drinks this cheap anywhere else in Dublin. This spacious venue is a great place for students to go clubbing, with a varieplaylistst of pop and chart hits.
8. Pavilion Bar
Location: College Green, South-East Inner City, Dublin 2
No student’s experience in Dublin can be complete without a trip to Trinity College’s famous Pavilion Bar. Offering stunning views of the university’s green sports field and into its campus, the bar is open for everyone, not just Trinity students (though you should bring a form of valid student ID). The drinks are relatively cheap for Dublin prices; a pint of Guinness will set you back 4.10 euros while cans of cider are available for as cheap as 2.90 euros. The venue also boasts a reasonably priced food menu. All profits go directly to supporting local sports clubs, so you can even give yourself a pat on the back for doing good when you drink that pint!
7. Porterhouse Bar
Location: 45 Nassau St, Dublin 2
Porterhouse has two locations in Dublin: one in Temple Bar and, perhaps the better option for some students, on the corner next to Trinity College on Nassau Street. The latter location is particularly tempting to make a visit to after class! The bar has one of Dublin’s best selections of craft beer. It also has drink deals on Monday and Thursday nights, which includes 2 euros off all cocktails from its extensive menu. The bar also has a special deal on a chosen spirit, in which it offers a double shot with a mixer for 5.50 euros. The spirit changes regularly, but past deals have included Absolut Vanilla Vodka and Zachoney. The food menu is award winning, making this the perfect spot to unwind after a long day of lectures.
6. Sin E
Location:15 Ormond Quay Upper, North City, Dublin
The first of many live music venues on this list, Sin E tends to host acts in the hard rock persuasion. Even if that’s not your scene, however, this grotty but endearing joint is sure to feature in your list of places for nights out. The bar has a really great vibe, whether you want to immerse yourself in the crowd upstairs or chill on the sofas downstairs. What’s more, Sin E offers some really great drink deals, with a menu of cocktails for just 6.50 euros each. The Caipirinhas are a must have, coming in a selection of four different fruity flavours; strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and passion fruit. Even if you don’t stay all night, Sin E is extremely popular among students as a pre-drinking venue; particularly if you decide to go to the next place on our list, which is just across the river.