Top five bars in… Dublin, Ireland

22nd July, 2019 by admin

It may have a reputation for stag parties and rivers of Guinness, but there is so much more to Dublin’s nightlife than that, with a whole host of sophisticated cocktail bars and top-class restaurants on offer, writes James Lawrence.

*This feature was originally published in the February 2019 issue of The Spirits Business

Once the second city of the British Empire, today Dublin is a fitting poster child for contemporary Ireland – proud, diverse, cosmopolitan and hospitable. Its rich cultural heritage attracts millions of visitors each year, yet for most tourists the real beauty of Dublin is its people.

Garrulous, amiable and witty, Dubliners are renowned for their effortless sociability, eagerly (and repeatedly) pointing out that the city’s pub­-to-­person ratio is the envy of the world. For even in a time when abstinence is on the rise, the pub remains the cornerstone of social interaction in Dublin. Every Dubliner has their favourite haunt, from traditional taverns to glamorous cocktail lounges, hipster haunts and trendy wine bars.

With more than 1,000 pubs and bars spread about the city, you’ll be spoilt for choice, but remember there’s more to Dublin than quaint watering holes and gallons of Guinness. Indeed, there is a stubborn misconception about Dublin’s nightlife that needs correcting.

The vast majority of stag parties never leave Temple Bar, an area of cobbled streets between Dame Street and the Liffey. Yet further exploration offers ample rewards – the docklands area is full of historical pubs that have far fewer crowds.

Meanwhile, the alleys and malls cutting across busy pedestrianised Grafton Street boast many of Dublin’s better restaurants and upmarket bars. Even Merrion Square, one of Dublin’s largest and grandest Georgian edifices, has one or two watering holes in its vicinity if you’re in the mood for bespoke cocktails, a sedate atmosphere and live piano music.

Whether you crave a stag party paradise, Guinness on tap or something more sophisticated and refined, Dublin really does have all bases covered.

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