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 9th May 2022

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.