Dublin is aplenty when it comes to watering holes. Whether you’re a pub dweller, secret scenester or live music addict there are more than many places to spend the night (or day) sipping away on your favourite brew and nattering to the locals.
The city has character, no doubt, and so too do the bars which reside in the capital. Whereas some of these venues are hidden in plain sight, others are the centrepiece of the street.
Regardless of which, all of these top 5 quirky pubs in Dublin are bound to keep you coming back for more.
5. Library Bar
This secret little bar is located on the second floor of the Central Hotel in Dublin city. Accessed via the hotel lobby, the Library Bar is quiet and controlled with the characterful charm of, well…a library.
Think wooden floors and large, opulent armchairs, tall Georgian bookcases and a fine glass of stout. This is the perfect place – off the beaten track – to spend a few hours pre-dinner or post-theatre.
It’s perfect when in search of somewhere hidden away from the bustling streets outside, or a light lunch and leg rest when pounding the pavements of Dublin city.
Address: Exchequer St, Dublin 2, Ireland
4. The Hacienda Bar
This unassuming bar located on Mary Street on the Northside of Dublin city is a favourite of locals. With its plain façade not inspiring much excitement, its true quirk is unveiled upon admission; ring a buzzer to enter – a few questions may be exchanged – and hey presto, you’re in!
Although this bar has gained a trendy rep for its speakeasy approach to traditional Irish pub culture, the entrance process is to ensure every person who steps foot in Hacienda is chilled out and going to contribute to a pleasant atmosphere (something we can truly get on board with!).
A-list celebs such Saoirse Ronan and Matthew McConaughey have been known to frequent this Dublin bar – a matter which has only enhanced its reputation – so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Address: 44 Arran St E, Smithfield, Dublin 7, Ireland
3. The Bowery
The Bowery is a nautical, pirate ship inspired live music venue and rum bar in Rathmines, only a short walk from the centre of Dublin city. Hosting an array of bands from jazz to singer-songwriters, DJs to funk, the dance floor never dies at The Bowery.
Slick cocktails from highly trained mixologists go down a treat, but in Dublin, a bar’s worth is really measured by its pour of “the black stuff” (Guinness), and it is safe to say these guys passed with flying colours.
Open until Midnight Tuesday until Thursday, and “late” Friday, Saturday and Sunday, The Bowery has firmly become one of Dublin’s safe-bets when in pursuit of a party.
Address: 196 Rathmines Rd Lower, Dublin 6, Ireland
2. Mary’s Bar & Hardware
This quirky little joint in Dublin city centre is one to check out. It has a pretty self-explanatory name; so just imagine a bar inside a hardware store and, well, that’s it!
Open seven days a week until 11 pm, Mary’s is your go-to good-vibe place to pint when in the centre of the city. And, for those legitimately looking for hardware supplies, well this is just the cherry on top of the cake!
Small in size but packing a punch, Mary’s is hardly ever empty, meaning it boasts a great atmosphere to kick off the night, or to wind down after work. And, for those feeling a little peckish, look no further; Wowburger (one of Dublin’s best burger bars) has set up shop in its basement.
Book in advance to secure a spot at this quirky little Dublin establishment – needless to say you won’t leave disappointed.
Address: 8 Wicklow St, Dublin 2, Ireland
1. Grogan’s Castle Lounge
A Dublin classic, a local staple and a household name to just about anyone who has a love for traditional Irish bars; yes, Grogan’s takes number one spot on the quirkiest pubs in Dublin.
A treasure trove of old Ireland and a leading establishment in the modern day Dublin pub scene, Grogan’s is a time-capsule with a trendy crowd, boasting arguably some of the best pints in Dublin.
Garnering attention in the late afternoon when the cosy crowd spills onto the corners of South William and Castle Street, this is one of those places where a seat – or an empty table – is impossible to come by unless you arrive early. Saying that most people just stand around clinking glasses and chatting away.
Famous for their toasted sandwiches and quirky interior (don’t forget to take a scan around inside), this unique little watering hole is the quintessential quirky
Address: 15 William St S, Dublin 2, D02 H336, Ireland