Dublin’s pubs have a rich history dating right back to Ireland’s pre-independence days. Traditional music, lively chat and a hearty fire remain an important part of the city’s cultural fabric, with a perfectly poured pint of Guinness still a matter of consequence to the locals.
Nowadays though, there is also an impressive crop of contemporary bars – rather than traditional pubs – sharing the same legendary streets. From sumptuous cocktail haunts to internationally acclaimed nightspots, Dublin’s bars are moving with the times.
When it comes to drinking and socializing in this youthful city, expect the unexpected. There is an eclectic array of venues in which to down a pint or sip a piña colada – depending on your tastes. From Georgian townhouses to bars filled with art deco splendour, here is our list of some of Dublin’s very best contemporary bars.