Sightseeing is thirsty work in any city you travel to. But in Dublin, any excuse to stop for a pint of the good stuff is an opportunity to experience real Dublin. In fact, it should be top of your ‘to-do’ list.
If you are not willing to compromise on location, expect to pay a bit more for staying in the city centre. However, there are a number of cheap Dublin hotels and Dublin hostels in the heart of the action within stumbling distance of the city’s best boozers. Here are six of the best Dublin pubs.
1. Central Hotel Library Bar
For a winter warmer, this well-hidden bar is perhaps Dublin’s best kept secret. The cosy couches and plush armchairs are prime spots to nab and there are charming views of South George’s Street. It attracts a sophisticated but not stuck-up crowd. 1-5 Exchequer Street
This place will really get you into the swing of things with traditional Irish music blaring out of the door. While you might find yourself mingling with tourists, what makes Donoghue’s so unique is that it is a popular local hangout too. You are bound to get chatting to the clientele who can spin you a yarn of the pub’s and Dublin’s juiciest history bits. 15 Merrion Row
3. The Long Hall
If you don’t fancy the crowds at O’Donoghue’s, The Long Hall is a great alternative and worthy Dublin establishment. It has a young (as well as a young-at-heart) vibe with Trinity College students stopping by after lectures and pensioners propping themselves up at the bar. 51 South Great Georges Street
4. The Pavilion Bar
There are surprisingly few places to drink alfresco in Dublin. With drinking in public parks banned, you can forget about cracking open a cold brew with a picnic. This is where the Pavilion Bar, situated just behind the sports grounds of Trinity College, comes in to its own on a sunny day. The beer is not up to much, but appeals to the skint student punters and budget travellers. Trinity College
5. The Globe
There are plenty of traditional pubs in Dublin but for a more upmarket affair, The Globe has more of an edge. It also serves until 2:30am Monday to Saturdays and 1am on Sundays so it’s a good late-night option. They host a number of free live music including folk, funk and punk kicking off at about 8:30-9pm and DJs take over at about 11pm. 11 South Great Georges Street
You will have no problem finding your way to Dublin’s nightlife hub around Temple Bar and the docklands. But if you don’t like following the sheep, try the Village Quarter instead. Derelict buildings have slowly been gentrified and the funky cafes, charity shops and markets now attract an arty crowd. When you have had enough of the fiddle, the afro and funk beats at sociable Anseo, a revamped boozer, caters to an up-for-it crowd. 18 Camden Street Lower
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