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 2nd October 2020

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.

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. 

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.

A legendary live music venue that's hosted some biggest names in the business, Whelan's is a bar that you simply have to visit when on a night out in Dublin. Whether you're catching a live music night, getting down at the silent disco or simply searching cheap drinks, this is the place. 

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.

Redefining the typical sports bar The Sin Bin is a sleek bar in the Mont Hotel, serving hand-crafted cocktails, whiskies and award-winning gin. Settle ion for your favourite fixture and revel in the bar's stylish decor with delicious drinks and gastro classics.

This cool and quirky Middle Abbey Street bar is a party palace all week long, offering guests a  downstairs room of 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. 

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.

La Cave is a haven for date nights, after-work drinking and meeting up with mates. The subterranean bar in Dublin 2 is the city's oldest wine bar with quirky decor and a homely vibe, as well as an ever-changing menu of handpicked bottles and seasonal French-inspired dishes to pair.  

Bobbys is a pretty in pink wine bar and restaurant, as well as being an achingly cool Insta-haven, it backs up its style with equally-impressive food and drink. Head on over to cool bar and you can sip on organic bottles and rare finds with delicious sharing platters. 

Anti Social is a place for those who don't take themselves too seriously. A cool bar on Francis Street, this place pairs craft beer and cocktails with a small yet perfectly-formed choice of toasties, alongside a stellar music and entertainment calendar that makes it come alive at night.

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. 

Piglet is a Temple Bar staple serving a, 'carefully selected mess' of biodynamic, natural and organic wines, all with classic European appeal. Championing simplicity with it's decor and laid-back approach, this is a proper cool haunt for kicking back and trying a few new glasses of vino.

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.

One of Dublin's edgiest venues, Riot has a punk attitude through and through, think neon lighting, graffiti and cult movie artwork strewn across the toilet walls. This place is keeping its patrons entertained with a regular host of live music nights, DJs, arcade games and pool. 

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.