Here’s a quick top 8 countdown guide to the best bars in town!
8. The Meltdown
Located centrally in Temple Bar this bar is perfect for a good drink and has a huge stage for live music, that also converts into a sports bar with a large TV for futbol games.
The average drink was 12 euros, but unlike other bars you’re not obligated to buy a drink to stay and take a table!
7-8 Capel St, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland
If looking for a liberal crowd of 30-somethings this bar is for you. This is a gay bar that has “fabulous” drinks all for 7 euros! Good place to get started with lots of people showing up early.
6. The Arlington
23-25 Bachelors Walk, O’Connell Bridge, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland
This bar has a secret located downstairs! You can purchase for 35 euros for a 3 course dinner, 2 hours of live music and traditional Celtic dancing!
If looking for something more affordable, since there are bars that have free live music and dancing options, you can stay upstairs and their main bar area has a live band from 8-11pm–plus during intermission of songs Drake often comes on…LOL.
5. The R.I.O.T
4 Aston Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 VP93, Ireland
Located in the midst of the Temple Bar district is this small bar that has up and coming artists playing requested songs, and good drinks!
Average cost 10 euros.
4. The Bachelor
This pub is a small hole in the wall pub located near the city center, next to O’Connells Bar Dublin (next recommendation). This place has new artists looking to get the spot light, playing a lot of American rock tunes.
The average drink is 6 euros.
3. O’Connells Bar Dublin
This bar is closest to most hostels in the area located right at the intersection of Bachelor & O’Connell St.
If you’re into a good karaoke night this is the perfect bar for you! On the weekends after 10pm they have open mic karaoke. This bar exceeds the customer service of all the bars I visited during my trip! This is one of the bars that has both outdoor and indoor seating too, if you want to people watch with the live music!
2. The Church
Junction of Mary St. and Jervis St., Dublin 1, Dublin, D01YX64, Ireland
Talk about a hidden gem! This bar is little off the beaten path, but worth the extra 5-10 min. walk. This bar is a former church that was converted into a bar, and a dance club in the basement. Here they have live music, live dancing, free cover, and relatively affordable food/drinks!
Average Drink 8 euros & average meal 13 euros!
33-34 O’Connell Street Upper, Rotunda, Dublin 1, Ireland
This pub was recommended to me by one of my tour guides. When I asked for live music, Irish dancing, cheap drinks, was open later, and in walking distance to central downtown she raved about this bar.
Average Drink costs 6 euros & average meal 13 euros!
If you do the Do Dublin bus tour there is a buy one get one meal before 5pm, which can make for two dinners! Just saying’!