Weird And Wonderful Bars In Dublin

Bars mirror life in the Dublin drinking scene where the weird and outlandish rub shoulders with the wonderful and worldly-wise on a daily basis. From riverside dives where you can retro game to your heart's content, to slick spots for cocktail sipping, this city's got it all and much more when it comes to quirky places for a quick bev. Explore our guide to weird and wonderful bars in Dublin here.

Last updated on 29th June 2021

A Prohibition-themed bar hidden beneath the city centre, The Blind Pig is bringing the jazz era to life. From the cleverly-crafted cocktail list to the delicious plates of food, this place is one wonderful place to drink in Dublin.

Farrier & Draper

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Luxe, colour-pop interiors give way to excellent cocktails at this eye-catching South William Street watering hole. With a slap-up selection of signature concoctions and a droolworthy menu to boot, it's easy to get lost in the weird and wonderful world of Farrier & Draper. 

Bow Lane

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One of the city's most popular cocktail bars, Bow Lane's mix of cosy snugs and comfy booths is the perfect spot to indulge in a little weekend action. Join in with their Friday night martini specials or get a little down and dirty at a Drag Brunch.

The George Bar

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The beating heart of Dublin's LGBTQ+ scene, The George brings you drag nights, bingo, karaoke and cabaret within its outrageously decorated walls. Head down for a night you'll never forget as this glorious space will have you going until the early hours.

Buskers On The Ball is a den of activity with four pool tables, five ping pong tables, one shuffle board and a foosball set, perfect for getting competitive with your mates. Alongside these antics, you can also catch live matches on their video wall and chow down on comfort food.

This weird and wonderful wine bar is somewhat of an Aladdin's cave of European decor. The perfect setting for a quirky date night in Dublin, La Cave houses over 350 ever-rotating bottles of wines, alongside a fabulous French-inspired food menu to accompany the sipping.

Peruke & Periwig

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With a drinks menu inspired by your favourite songs, from Little Red Corvette to the Jameson-based Back In Black, Peruke & Periwig will have you sipping through a classic party playlist. Head here for a blend of traditional pub interiors and modern cocktail mixing.  

NoLita is home to some of the most stunning interiors in town, making it a must for filling your social feeds. Head over for seriously good nibbles, refreshing cocktails every night, dancing 'till dawn and the chance to shake up your very own creations at this top Dublin bar.

Barmy bar-meets-burger joint, Mary's is where you can grab craft beers surrounded by knick-knacks and, yes, actual hardware. The Wicklow Street bolthole blends bizarre interiors with some seriously juicy patties to make for one fun experience. 

Located in Drury Street Car Park, Amy Austin is a hidden gem in Dublin's night life crown. Toting a wide range of wines on tap and by the glass, bottle or carafe, this paradise for wine sipping also has regular drink deals, an ample all-day menu of small plates and happens to be dog-friendly.  

A Wellington Quay basement bar that's chock-full of charm, The Liquor Rooms offer much more than just a few kitsch cocktails. They've got drinks inspired by the most daring of Irish women, plus cocktail masterclasses, whiskey tastings and a great live events lineup.

A Brooklyn and Berlin-inspired dive bar down by the water, Riot is one wonderful Dublin bar. From arcade games and retro cocktails to a whole host of disco dos and themed club nights, it's up there with some of the most fun places to hang out in the city. 

Stylish and totally charming, this intimate cocktail spot in Temple Bar offers plush seating and fabulous food and drinks. Vintage Cocktail Club is the perfect option whether you're looking to impress a first date or taking the gang out for something a little different.