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.

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 chilling out with mates, Bow Lane is bringing you expertly-made cocktails, draught beers and a menu of modern Irish food.

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 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 queer scene.

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

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 the likes of white port, honey fino sherry and lemon sherbet.

Farrier & Draper

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Spread across 3 floors, Farrier & Draper is a haven of all things booze. Not only does this swanky spot have multiple bars and an impressive selection of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails, but you can even book your own private space, simply head to Powerscourt Townhouse for all this and more.

Peruke & Periwig

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If you like your spaces on the seductive side and your cocktails to dazzle, head to Peruke & Periwig where you'll find all that more. 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 the best whiskey in Dublin, you can count on Dingle's to bring you the goods. Home to over 140 blends from all over the world, the cocktail bar will have you sipping on spirited cocktails and getting involved in specialist tastings if you're after something a little different.

A traditional Victorian-style watering hole, Lucky Duck is a swanky neighbourhood cocktail joint. Taking authentic charm and raising the bar with a dash of creative cocktails, plush booths and decadent decor, this Aungier Street spot is a fave for its contemporary food and drink offerings.

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.

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 classic tipples and seasonal sips paired with 20s vibes and decadent interiors.

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, cocktail sipping in the garden and dancing till dawn in the club. 

Whether you're looking to chill out with creative cocktails, entice a date in a cosy basement bar or let loose on the dance floor after a long day at work, The Liquor Rooms can cater to you. Open 7 days a week, this Wellington Quay haunt is providing cutting edge drinks and entertainment.