Dublin, Ireland is essentially the bar crawl of a lifetime. Every other business you pass along the street is more than likely a bar or pub. If you don’t drink alcohol, don’t be turned away from Dublin or Ireland at all because pubs are just Irish local hangouts. Irish pubs tend to be the setting for meeting up with friends or even people who are alone sitting by the fireplaces with their laptops. If you’re looking for some tips on where to eat in Dublin, Ireland instead, check out my Ireland Food Tour travel blog post.
If you do wish to partake in the drinking like a proper Irishman, I have a few suggestions of the best alcoholic beverages in Ireland:
Jameson, Ginger & Lime
An Irish staple and one of my favorites. These are way too easy to drink so sip wisely.
Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime Cider
My FAVORITE bottled cider I found in Ireland and cannot get here in the U.S. Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime Cider is sweet and tart with prominent flavors of strawberry and lime to cut through the sweetness. To the next person to travel to Ireland- please ship me a case of it!
Bulmers Irish Cider
For those who are accustomed to drinking Angry Orchard, you will never drink them again after having the handcrafted Irish delicacy that is Bulmers Irish Cider. Another favorite that I can’t get anywhere near me so please ship some my way.
Hop House 13 Lager
I am not a beer drinker unless they are fruity or flavored beers, but this beer is truly in a league of its own. Hop House 13 Lager is light and refreshing, but has a unique flavor profile. Made by Guinness and loved by Hailey.
Guinness is not for me, but this beer is made and bottled in Dublin, Ireland. For those of you who enjoy “black velvet” (as some people call it), you know that Guinness does not travel well and there is no way to keep its initial flavor. This means that you can’t get fresher Guinness than when you are in Dublin, Ireland where it is made.
THE Temple Bar is the world famous bar in the Temple Bar district of Dublin, Ireland. Temple Bar district is considered the “left bank” and has many popular pubs, restaurants, and dance clubs. The Temple Bar was established in 1840 and still has the same old-world Irish feel that brings crowds from around the world every night of the week. I met someone from Florida, London, Italy, and Northern Ireland all in one night, which just shows the diversity of The Temple Bar.
The Bleeding Horse
Right next to my hotel, this pub became a place I frequented when I didn’t want to make the trek to another bar. This is a fun traditional Irish pub with a first floor that has an open layout and a bar in the center. Make your way up the winding staircase to find a much more intimate setting with nooks and crannies filled with tables, couches, and laughter. Whatever setting you’re looking for, you can find it at The Bleeding Horse.
If you could picture a 1950s Irish pub that is also a venue for new and upcoming musicians, that would be Whelan’s. They are one of the most famous music venues for local live bands, but during the day they are a cozy pub with a fireplace and quaint little corners to nestle into with a group of friends or relax by yourself.
This is the place to go if you want to dance! I loved Fitzsimons because it had something for everyone’s taste in music and dancing. It has 4 floors with a different music genre on each and a rooftop bar on the top with tables and a bit of a calmer atmosphere.
The Stags Head
I was going to see a popular comedy show in Dublin, Ireland called the Comedy Crunch, which was in the basement of The Stags Head bar. I arrived quite early because I heard the show sells out and I wanted a good seat, which left me a little extra time to grab a drink in the pub upstairs. When I arrived, I was intrigued to find this unique little Irish pub with stuffed deer heads all over the walls (hence “The Stags Head” bar). They made a mean Jameson, Ginger & Lime and had even better company filled with locals and travelers alike.
The gay bar of all gay bars! Everyone was welcome and the atmosphere exuded fun and happiness. When you walk in the door, you are immediately greeted with smiles and laughter from all around. There were comfortable couches and tables along the back wall, a dance floor in the middle, and a bar that had a really fun trivia game going on. The George is such a delightful and unique place to stop in.
Known for their delicious pints of Guinness (which I do not drink), this pub has a very laidback vibe and welcoming atmosphere. This bar is comfy, cozy, and great for friends to get together, have a pint and share some laughs. Cassidy’s Bar also has really awesome music nights to keep an eye out for!
Dicey’s Garden Club
One of the most popular clubs in Dublin, Dicey’s Garden Club is a hip, trendy, and hot nightlife spot for a younger crowd. They have an indoor bar and dance area, but the main part of the club is an open air garden in the center of the building. Plenty of room for you to dance the night away!