Cool and Quirky Bars in Dublin

Dublin's nightlife scene is a hotbed of activity, whether that's the queues for Temple Bar on a Saturday night or the streets come St Patrick's Day... but what if you're looking for something that little more unique? From sultry secret bars hidden in basements, to vibrant saloons that serve cocktails with a side of cabaret, we've found some of the most interesting places to drink in Dublin.

Last updated on 14th January 2020

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 your bar. Located only minutes from Dublin Castle, you'll find cracking cocktails and a fine selection of spirts alongside DJs and uber-cool vibes. 

Hailed 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 cocktails made with flair alongside candlelit tables and plenty of vintage furniture to go around.

The Market Bar Group

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With more history than most, The Market Bar on Fade Street is a characterful spot that serves up tasty lunches, hearty dinners and fruity cocktails. The former Victorian Warehouse has been transformed into an industrial chic space with plenty of natural light and a vibrant atmosphere.

Named after the year Poitín was banned in Ireland, Bar 1661 is an award winning cocktail bar in the heart of Dublin. If you're in search of a quirky bar with uniquely Irish tipples and an independent spirit, there's no other place that compares to these guys. 

Not only were they nominated for a gong at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards, but the proof is in the pudding at this quirky basement bar in Dublin as The Liquor Rooms use only finest mixes and bitters to churn out interesting cocktails that you like won't find elsewhere.

Whether it's the brooding interiors, the quirky rooftop terrace or the world class cocktails that get you, there's one thing that we know to be true about Vintage Cocktail Club, and it's that it's one of the most unique bars in Dublin, whatever the weather. 

Very few Mexican spots have the reputation that 777 do. Not only is this quirky bar home to one of the best margaritas in town, their eclectic and interesting interiors make for the perfect backdrop to their fiery, Mexican plates.

Boasting a little something for everyone, not only can you enjoy a whole host of live music nights, comedy shows and club events at The Workmans Club, but this spot is also a unique little number with traditional gentleman's club notes all over the place.