Top 10 places you’re guaranteed to get the shift in Dublin

You’re guaranteed to get the shift in one of these places, that’s for sure!

If you’re looking to ‘hit the town’, ‘paint the town red’, ‘let your hair down’, and basically ‘have the craic’, there are many places in Dublin you can go. There are trendy wine bars, vintage cocktail clubs, dance bars, or your local Irish pub down the road, but if it’s the shift you’re after, then you need to head to some particular places.

These places we have listed are renowned for getting a good smooch, a nice caress, a cheeky peck, or a decent póg if you will, so here at Ireland Before You Die, we have made it our mission to help you find someone to embrace as the lights come on in the wee hours of the morning. Here is our fine-tuned list of the top ten places you are guaranteed the shift in Dublin! 

10. The Globe – lock lips in this quirky club

The Globe is a quirky bar and nightclub in which you can meet someone cool and funky.
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Hosting a mix of club nights and live bands, this quirky venue will be the perfect place to meet someone cool and funky, and being a late bar seven nights a week, you will have lots of chances to lock lips with that special someone… or just someone.

Address: 11 South Great George’s Street, Dublin, D02 V628, Ireland

9. Krystle – mingle, let loose, and snog

Krystle is the perfect place to mingle, let loose, and snog.
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The name may sound upmarket and posh, but names can be deceiving, because this happenin’ nightclub is a place where everyone comes together to let loose, mingle, and snog!

Address: Harcourt St Harcourt St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2, D02 P902, Ireland

8. Club M – the hub for international smooches

Club M is a hub for foreign tourists, if you're looking an international shift then hit this place up.
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Ideally located in Temple Bar, the central hub for tourists, this lovely club could be the perfect spot to make out with an international lad or lady. Give them something to remember when they go back home!

Address: Cope St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

7. Tramline – longer nights means more kissing

Looking to get the shift in Dublin then check out Tramline, it's open late and always pumping.

Head to this awesome spot Friday and Saturday night to be in with the best chance to get the shift. Plus, you won’t get kicked out until 3 am!

Address: 21 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2, D02 XY31, Ireland

6. Copán – delicious cocktails and great snogs

Looking to get the shift in Dublin then be sure to hit up Copán, a great cocktail bar and nightclub.

With free entry and a DJ on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you have no excuse but to head here and try some of their amazing cocktails while you scope out the talent around you.

Address: 304 Rathmines Rd Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6, Ireland

5. Dragon – drag shows and tonsil tennis


Dublin’s most-loved gay bar is most definitely a place for fun to be had. Don’t take yourself too seriously, enjoy a drag show, and you will always find someone to smooch here. Whatever you’re into, Dragon attracts everyone! You’re guaranteed to get the shift in Dublin here.

Address: 71 George St, Hastings TN34 3EE

4. The George – lock eye across the dance floor

The George is Dublin's most-loved gay bar, one of the top places to get the shift in Dublin.

Dublin’s oldest gay bar, The George is a place everyone loves to go. Start in the afternoon, take advantage of the famous drag shows and great drink deals, and find yourself some hot stuff to kiss as the night reels in.

Address: 89 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, D02 R220, Ireland

3. McGowans of Phibsboro – get the shift every night of the week

Looking a chiller night that ends in a kiss, then check out McGowans of Phibsboro, one of the best places to get the shift in Dublin.
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With the advantage of being a late bar seven nights a week, as well as having nightclub status on the weekends, McGowan’s vow that your weekends will never be the same again. And we agree! This is a sure spot for having the craic and getting the shift in Dublin.

Address: 17 Phibsborough Rd, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, D07 A562, Ireland

2. Dicey’s Garden – chock-full of singles looking to mingle

Dicey's Garden is chock full of singles looking to mingle, another of the best places to get the shift in Dublin.
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A name that everyone knows, Dicey’s Garden has a DJ and late bar seven nights a week. It’s a popular place for great drink deals, good food, and of course, is always packed with singletons waiting to mingle.

Address: 21-25 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2, D02 YF24, Ireland

1. Copper Face Jacks a.k.a. Coppers – the legendary Cupid’s palace

Copper face Jacks is truly one of the best places to get the shift in Dublin.
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In at number one on our list of the best places to get the shift in Dublin is Copper Face Jacks, one of the best bars in Dublin for students. Coppers, as the locals know it, is a place so famous for the hookup, that there’s even a musical about it. Don’t believe us? Go check it out! This place is on everyone’s radar when looking for lips to lock. We think they should change their name to ‘The Shift’.

Address: 29-30 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2, D02 XV58, Ireland

You need not look any further if it’s the shift you’re after this weekend, or any weekend for that matter, because Dublin is the place to be, and everyone knows it. These ten places are epic examples of perfect places to be if you want to go out on the prowl. If you manage to start early, you could go to all ten of these spots.

We’re thinking, pub-crawl-style dinner and drinks at McGowan’s, afternoon drag show at The George, with drinks in between (obviously), and of course ending with the ultimate shift showdown at Coppers. Your lips won’t be lonely on a night out in any of these ten spots, so why not get out there and see for yourself. Don’t forget your chapstick!

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