Best Cocktail Bars in Dublin

When it comes to cocktails, Dublin's got 'em all. Short and sharp; long and frothy - you name it and there's some of the best spots in the city shaking up concoctions just for you. Whether you're after a subterranean speakeasy, a live music hangout or a swanky space to impress, check out our guide to the best cocktail bars in Dublin.

Last updated on 28th June 2021

Bow Lane

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Taking its name from the street on which it lies, this dimly-lit cocktail bar in Dublin boasts cosy booths and intimate snugs. Ideal for everything from first dates to group hangouts, Bow Lane is bringing you expertly mixed cocktails, draught beers and a menu of modern Irish food.

Zozimus Bar

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From its bold colour scheme to its quirky concoctions, Zozimus is one of the city's very best cocktail bars. Head here for its weekend brunch celebrations, a cool date night or group hangout and make the most of its Pan-Asian plates perfectly paired with innovative sips.

Inspired by authentic Italian eateries and the cocktail bars of New York, this classy spot is a top choice for booze-fuelled nights out in Dublin. Split into a number of spaces, NoLita is home to boozy weekend brunches, alfresco sipping in the garden and dancing till dawn in the club. 

From bespoke gin serves out on the stunning terrace to 360° views from the beautiful restaurant, Sophie's pairs a slinky setting with the food and drink to round it off. Head on over to the rooftop bar for delicious brunches, romantic dinners and creative cocktails all day long.

When it comes to the best whiskey in Dublin, you can count on Dingle's to bring the goods. Home to over 140 blends from all over the world, this cocktail bar will have you sipping on spirited mixes and getting involved in specialist tastings if you're after something a little different.

Hidden away behind a discreet doorway in the iconic Temple Bar, this secret cocktail bar is perfect for everything from after work drinks to weekend brunch and late night parties. Spend your evenings here exploring their tipples from the vintage-inspired interiors or on the rooftop terrace. 

Looking for some of the best cocktails in Dublin city centre? 9 Below is a luxurious spot for seductive sips. Make your way downstairs where this subterranean hotspot is serving up curious concoctions infused with all manner of creative ingredients. 

Taking inspiration from Berlin's edgy boltholes and dive bars, this dimly-lit cocktail bar in Dublin is all about live music, DJ nights, arcade games and pool, with retro-inspired drinks served alongside Mexican street food favourites. Think seasonal slushies, boozy classics and tiki signatures.

Located up in Rotunda, this bar is the first permanent venture from Bán Poitín founder Dave Mulligan. Expect contemporary cocktails including the coffee liqueur toting Arran St East and the Pantibar that throws together mezcal, lime and rose to create one delicious mix.

Peruke & Periwig

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If you like your spaces on the seductive side and your cocktails to dazzle, head to Peruke & Periwig. Split between a traditional boozer, ground floor bar and quirky lounges above, it provides a totally unique drinking experience with Irish food to soak it all up.

When it comes to gay cocktail bars in Dublin, Pantibar should be on your radar. Led by the glamorous Panti just a few minutes from the River Liffey, it's all about live music, sassy performances and quirky entertainment, making it a staple of the city's LGBTQ+ scene.

Lucky Duck is a swanky neighbourhood cocktail joint set in a Victorian townhouse. With surroundings that evoke an authentic charm, this spot is raising the bar with its creative mixes, plush booths and decadent interiors, plus there's a menu of enticing small plates if you get peckish.

Whether you're looking to chill out with cocktails, swoon on a date night or let loose on the dance floor after a long day at work, The Liquor Rooms can cater to you. Open seven days a week, this Wellington Quay haunt is providing cutting-edge drinks and entertainment.