Cool And Quirky Bars In Dublin

Our city's nightlife scene is always bustling, but what if you're looking for something that is a little more unique? From sultry secret speakeasies hidden in basements to vibrant saloons that serve cocktails with a side of cabaret; discover the most interesting places to drink with our guide to cool and quirky bars in Dublin.

Last updated on 25th August 2022




Hailed as one of the best watering holes for its bootlegger-inspired style and Prohibition cocktails, The Blind Pig is a haunt that promises a true flavour of the 1920s. Head down for concoctions made with flair alongside candlelit tables and plenty of vintage furniture to go around.

Max's Burgers

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Among one of the best bars in Dublin for young adults, Max's Burgers is the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that's coming in hot. Boasting slick, vibrant decor, as well as an enticing menu that focuses on barbecued meat and seafood, this joint is a must-visit.

Bow Lane

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Whether you came for bottomless brunch, a drag party or some chilled out after-work drinks, Bow Lane is one seriously quirky bar in Dublin. Located only minutes from the castle, you'll find cracking cocktails and a fine selection of spirits alongside DJs and fun-loving party vibes. 

People may know Opium as a late-night clubbing spot, but there's more than meets the eye when it comes to this Wexford Street location. Throwing out more than a few nods to Asian culture, there are quirky cocktails, aromatic dishes and one of the most gorgeous rooftop bars in Dublin.

Bad Bobs

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Searching for the best places for drinks in Temple Bar? Bab Bobs is definitely up there, thanks to its eclectic menu of signature sips and rebellious attitude. Swing by for live music and bites to eat before heading up to the oh-so cool rooftop terrace.

Piglet is a Temple Bar staple serving a, 'carefully selected mess' of biodynamic, natural and organic wines, all with classic European appeal. Championing simplicity in its interiors design and laid-back approach, this is a proper cool haunt for kicking back and trying a few new sips.

This Middle Abbey Street bar is a party palace all week long, offering guests a downstairs room for ping pong and karaoke, with an upstairs eatery and disco space. From fun date nights to weekday celebrations, this place caters to all tastes and needs. 

Named after the year Poitín was banned in Ireland, Bar 1661 is an award-winning cocktail bar. If you're in search of a quirky bar with uniquely Irish tipples and independent spirits, there's no other place that compares to this Green Street haunt.

One of the most unique places to drink in Dublin, Riot has a punk attitude through and through; think neon lights, graffiti and cult movie artwork strewn across the walls. This bar is keeping its patrons entertained with live music, DJ nights, arcade games and pool.