Ireland has become an undisputed centre of excellence in the tech world, with 9 of the Top 10 global software companies choosing to make it their European home and the growing surge in Tech startups, enticing more and more people to come to our shores. Dublin, in particular, has benefited from the influx of workers and visitors from around the world, making it a truly globalised and cosmopolitan city.
It is no surprise that the bars, nightclubs and indeed, restaurants are sitting up and taking notice. Moreover, changing and adapting to meet the growing demand of a more diverse population, combining the rich Irish culture and heritage, which has always existed here, with the new and exciting elements of a more multicultural society. There is now a huge variety of pubs, clubs and cocktail bars, and with more opening every day there is something for everyone in this small but vibrant city.
Here is a list of some of the “must visit” spots for DTS attendees as recommended by the DTS crew:
BEST TRADITIONAL PUBS
While Temple Bar can be an overpriced tourist trap, it wouldn’t be a trip to Dublin without sampling at least some of what this famous part of the city has to offer and to see what all the fuss is about! The aptly named pub is famed for its craft beer, live music and incredible Whiskey collection.
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 22.30 – 01.30 | Friday – Saturday 22:30 – 02.30
Situated on Baggot Street, Toners is one of Dublin’s oldest and most famous traditional pubs. A firm favourite amongst Dubliners and an absolute must for anyone visiting the city due to its quaint beer garden, relaxed and fun atmosphere, not to mention the close proximity to the offices of tech giant LinkedIn.
Opening hours: 7 nights a week 10:00 – 00:00
A Traditional Irish Pub, located on Merrion Row, with live music seven nights a week, where locals and tourists alike “come to share the authentic character of one of Dublin’s oldest bars, and to admire the artistry of real Irish musicians.” It is no wonder that O’Donoghues is one of Dublin’s favourite pubs.
Opening hours: 7 nights a week 10:00 – 00:00
A short walk from the offices of global tech giants Google and Facebook this lively pub, near Grand Canal Dock, is always bursting at the seams with happy patrons.
Opening hours: Weekdays 13:00 – 23.30 | Weekends 12:00 – 00.30
BEST BAR FOOD
Next door to Toners is an underground Mexican styled party cavern. The interior has a golden glow with a rustic feel, evident in the crumbled walls with hidden nooks and crannies. Come here for some delicious Mexican food and margaritas in their nightly fiestas with a laid-back intimate atmosphere.
Open daily from 17:00 – 03:00
An undeniably cool bar at the heart of Richmond Street. The main draw is the famous “Big Blue Bus” restaurant which serves some of the finest pizza in the city, out of a double-decker bus. Come here for the chilled out vibe and reasonably priced drinks.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 07.30 – 00:00 | Weekends 10:00 – 00:00
A great spot for anyone looking for an old world cocktail bar that boasts great drinks and delicious Italian food with a sophistication that only the Powerscourt Centre, South William Street can provide.
Opening hours: 7 nights a week 12:00 – 00:00
Self-described as “a subterranean den of delight,” The Liquor Rooms is a cutting-edge cocktail bar. Located on Wellington Quay, it is the first Republic of Ireland bar ever to be nominated in the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. A truly unique experience for the savvy drinker who wants more than just a night out. The Liquor Rooms “aim to please all of your senses” in a guaranteed fabulous evening set in the chicest of vintage surrounds.
Opening hours: Sunday – Tuesday 17:00 – 02:00 | Wednesday 17:00 – 02:30 | Thursday -Saturday: 17:00 – 03:00
BEST LATE-NIGHT VENUES
A hugely popular bar in the Grafton Street area known for the exquisite and non-specific cocktail menu and the eccentric decor that seems to change with each visit. 37 Dawson Street is an excellent spot to grab a unique cocktail based on all the flavours you like. A guaranteed fun filled night out.
Opening Hours: 7 nights a week 12:00 – 03:00
Located at the bottom of Grafton Street, Lillie’s is widely regarded as Ireland’s most renowned and prestigious cocktail lounge/club. With lavish rooms and beautiful decor, Lillie’s Bordello offers a multitude of indulgent entertainment experiences for anyone looking for an atmosphere of sophisticated luxury and comfort. Excellent venue, corporate entertainment.
Opening hours: 7 nights a week 23:00 – 03:00
Located on the top floor of the Hotel on Harcourt street, with a rooftop terrace that features stunning views of the city centre, Sophie’s is an excellent choice for anyone looking for an evening of fun on Dublin’s famous bustling Harcourt Street.
Opening hours: 7 nights a week 11:00 – 03:00
This sophisticated piano bar, hidden behind a stunning Georgian facade, The Black Door offers a beautiful live music venue echoing the style of a 1930’s Prohibition Era watering hole with classic cocktails, fine wine and some of the best champagne selection Harcourt Street has to offer.
Opening hours: Thursday-Saturday: 17:00 – 04:00 | Closed Wednesdays
Having been around for over 30 years, The George is one of the nation’s oldest and most favourited LGBT bar and club. Located on South Great Georges Street in the city centre, it continues to be a cornerstone for the social development of the LGBT community in Ireland.
Opening hours: Weekdays: 14:00 – 02:00 | Weekends 12.30 – 02.30
Occupying two Georgian Townhouses, on Leeson Street between The Grand Canal and St Stephen’s Green, House has a feeling of relaxed glamour, luxury and ease throughout. A much-loved nightclub in Dublin.
Opening hours: Daily from 10:00 – 02:30
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