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.

Bow Lane

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

A prohibition-themed bar hidden beneath the city centre, the jazz era is brought to life at The Blind Pig, from its cleverly-crafted cocktail list to its delicious plates of food, that bring you everything from bourbon meat balls to a New York-style seafood salad.

The beating heart of Dublin's queer scene, The George brings you drag nights, bingo, karaoke and cabaret within its outrageously decorated walls. Head down for a night you're not likely to forget in a while as this glorious space will have you going until the early hours.

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, it's easy to get lost in the Farrier & Draper menu, along with the unique art that lines their walls. 

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.  

Barmy bar-meets-burger joint at Mary's where you can grab some craft beers surrounded by knick-knacks and, yes, actual hardware. The Wicklow Street watering hole mixes the quirky with cool and comes prepped with some seriously juicy patties to tuck into in the basement.

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

Anti Social is a place for those who don't take themselves too seriously. Created by the team behind Bingo Loco, the bar brings together food, drinks music and events all under one roof with an impressive roster of random happenings, from in-house arcade machines, to eclectic DJ nights.

Not only is NoLita home to some of the most stunning interiors in town, but their gin-led masterclass is not one to be missed. Head south of the river for seriously good nibbles, refreshing cocktails every night, dancing 'till dawn and even the chance to shake up your very own creations.

A Brooklyn and Berlin-inspired dive bar down by the water, Riot is all about the throwbacks. From arcade games and retro cocktails to a whole host of disco dos and themed club nights, it's one of the funnest bars in Dublin, and one of the most blasphemous too.

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 cocktail menu divided into your favourite musical genres, from Little Red Corvette to the Jameson-based Back In Black, you can sip your way through a party playlist at Peruke & Periwig. With the feel of a classic pub but a thoroughly modern menu, it's one of Dublin's favourite hangouts.

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 line up.