The 10 Best Bars In Old City, Dublin
Winner of the Irish Music Pub of the Year in 2012, The Temple Bar is one of most popular in Dublin. The bar hosts daily live music sessions of traditional Irish music to which there is no entrance fee. There is a smoking area called The Beer Garden which is surrounded by hanging plants. Additionally, there is a sheltered area for you to stay out of the rain. The bar has a collection of more than 450 whiskey varieties as well as international craft beers.
The Baggot Inn is a snazzy pub where visitors can buy cocktails, making it the perfect place for a night out with the girls. The inn is a trendy, chic bar with designer lighting and gorgeous leather seating. The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to help customers, for example by reserving tables for large groups. They are also very efficient, and attend the table so that drinks orders can be made without even getting up out of your seat!
A beautiful Victorian bar with stained glass skylights and a timeless ambience, The Palace was built in 1823. The internal decor is still the same as it would have been 189 years ago. The stained glass windows form shafts of light across the dark mahogany walls on sunny days, making it one of the most magical bars to visit on sunny days. There are Romanesque arches and a small snug at the front of the bar where Michael Collins is said to have held meetings during the War of Independence.
This traditional Victorian bar has a theater upstairs where visitors can attend plays and comedy events (check their website for current events). The bar has retained its Victorian decor and charm, including an ornate, hand-carved reredos (a type of altarpiece) depicting Irish river gods. The bar was mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses and is the original meeting place of the Irish band, The Dubliners. Numerous comedians have performed at The International Bar, including Tommy Tiernan, Dara O’Briain and Neil Delamere.
Celebrity photographs adorn the walls of McGrattans Café Bar. The bar is located in the heart of Dublin’s central retail area, and has events on Saturday nights which change from week to week. On Thursdays there is a cocktail night and on Fridays there is a late bar and after-work party. McGrattans’ interior decor is classy and rich with red walls, wooden walls and leather furniture.
The Stag’s Head
Concealed through a passageway off Dame Street, The Stag’s Head feels like something of a hidden treasure. The wrought-iron chandeliers, polished granite and old barrels create a great atmosphere – perfect to impress on a first date. The restaurant is warm, cozy and comfortable and there is a good mix of visitors and locals at the bar. The bar scenes in the 1983 British film Educating Rita, starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters, were filmed at The Stag’s Head.
Meal service:Lunch, Dinner
The Bank on College Green
The Bank on College Green’s brilliant and detailed decor consists of marble columns and detailed, colorful floors and an ornate cream ceiling. The furniture is made of polished wood and green leather and there is live piano music most nights. The exterior is Franco–Scottish inspired and is one of Dublin’s rare examples of Scottish sandstone. The interior is an incredible symbol of merchant power, as it used to be the main banking area when the building was a bank.
20 College Green, Dublin +353 16770677
A Spanish tapas bar in Dublin, The Market Bar has a no-music policy to create a really laid-back and chilled atmosphere. It is perfect for silly chats or serious catch ups. Skylights cover the ceiling of the restaurant and the original red brick walls display a lot of character. Visitors sit at rustic wooden tables adorned with flowers. Tapas treats such as baby potatoes and chorizo or goat cheese crostini can be bought while you have a pint or a glass of wine.