Partying in Dublin: 5 Best Bars

Whether you’ve made it to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day or not, welcome to the land of the Irish pub! However you arrive, be it by plane or ferry to Dublin, you must check out the nightlife in this lively city as well as some awesome Dublin tours, we’ve pulled together 5 great places to check out for a night on the town in Dublin.

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Brazen Head Arguably the oldest (and by many opinions, the best) bar in Dublin, you absolutely can’t miss this pub that’s been open since 1198! You can imagine being here back in the day swilling some old world brew with a Viking- but today, it’s a perfect spot to catch live Irish music every night, great atmosphere and people-watching, succulent food and of course fresh Guinness on tap.

Mulligan’s Take a seat at the bar stool of a pub that’s been pulling pints of Guiness since 1782! And according to some its famous patrons like JFK and James Joyce, it’s serving up the best Guiness in all of Ireland. Mulligan’s is in a great location in the famous Temple Bar District- right in the hub of Dublin’s nightlife.

Cafe en Seine This gorgeous bar reminiscent of turn-of-the-century France is filled with art-deco pieces and a huge glass atrium complete with 40-foot trees, lanterns and a grand piano. And if atmosphere isn’t enough, they serve up great drinks and provide a great class yet laid-back atmosphere with frequent live jazz music.

Johnny Fox’s Pub A little off the beaten backpacker path, this pub is famed as the “highest pub in Dublin,” perched atop the Dublin mountains a 20-minute drive from the city (catch the “booze bus” up there from the city center!) It’s worth the trip for the unique atmosphere, entertainment, views and with all the famous visitors who have patronized the place, you might even score a celebrity sighting.

The Porterhouse Also in the popular Temple Bar District, this is one of the best Dublin spots for live music, with four floors of drinking space and views from all to the bands down below. They’ve got a great selection of beers from all over the world and a super lively atmosphere combining tourists and local Dubliners.