TOP 10: Pubs & Bars in Dublin (not just traditional Irish pubs)

Going to Dublin without visiting a traditional Irish pub is a bit like visiting Cairo without seeing the pyramids – it simply will not do. However, there is much more to Dublin than traditional pubs – there exists an abundance of bars in Dublin suitable for all tastes. We have narrowed all the bars in Dublin to just 10 in this article.

10. Kehoe’s

John Kehoe's is one of the best pubs in Dublin

If you are fascinated with Victorian bars, then this is the best place to visit. Due to its all etched glass and mahogany snugs, it seems like you are in a completely different world. Food is not available here but you can get an excellent pint of Guinness which makes up for it.

9. The Stag’s Head

the stag's head

This amazing pub has a handful of intimate, small rooms that make a pleasantly and friendly setting. It really is an authentic Irish pub. The décor and design in this place is stunning.

8. The Brazen Head

brazen head
This pub dates back to the year 1198. The Brazen Head is claimed to be Dublin’s oldest pub and it’s still a lively spot, with live music every night. The building was originally a coach house (it’s not known how much of the original remains) and walls are lined with old pictures, papers and ads from the past.

Famous names that supped a pint or two in the pub include James Joyce, Brendan Behan and Jonathan Swift. For food, tuck into beef and Guinness stew or a big bowl of steamed Irish mussels.

 7. Whelan’s


This ancient institution in Dublin is great for a pint of Guinness, however, it is also one of the best bars in Dublin for live music, and the real draw is the music scene, frequently upcoming bands.

6. The Temple Bar

The Temple Bar Dublin

This is probably the most famous pub in Dublin. It has been bucketing pints of the black stuff for over 160 years and stays the main scene of the Temple Bar. There is a traditional Irish music sessions daily and it is one of the best places tourists can have a pint of Guinness.

5. The Summit Inn


A couple of miles from business centre, The Summit Inn is one of the best bars to visit in Dublin. Here, there is a turf fire and very comfortable interior. Here you can enjoy a lovely pint in a cosy environment.

4. The Cobblestone


There is a continuous live music in The Cobblestone bar and you will not find a more laidback venue in Dublin for it. The Cobblestone is a remarkable option to the visitor’s trails of other renowned spots.

3. Bruxelles

Bruxelles Pub, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Everyone is welcome in this saloon, which is displayed by the various kinds of national flags hanging above the pub. With the Guinness on tap, there is heavy metal and alternative rock music in the underground Flanders Bar daily.

2. Sophie’s

Considered one of the latest drinking places in Dublin, Sophie’s is located at the rooftop of Dean Hotel and visited by stylish visitors. Sophie’s is the perfect place for those looking for the best G&T. They offer everything from Beefeater to Hendricks. The highlight of this place is relaxing whilst taking in the view of the whole city while sipping your favourite gin.

1. 37 Dawson Street


Visit this unusual late-night bar and make way into the back, where you will see Dublin’s best whiskey bar. This pub stock samples of the strong stuff from all various parts of Ireland and there are many comfortable seats inside the bar for you to settle in to for a talk with their well-informed bartenders.

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