Cool and Quirky Bars In Dublin

Our city'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; discover the most interesting places to drink with our guide to cool and quirky bars in Dublin.

Last updated on 15th April 2021

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.

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

Hailed as one of the best bars on Dublin 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.

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 an ever-changing menu of handpicked bottles and seasonal French dishes to pair with your sipping.  

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

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 an equally impressive menu of food and drink. Head on over to this cool bar and you can sip on organic and rare finds with delicious sharing platters. 

Boasting a little something for everyone, The Workmans Club plays host to live music nights, comedy shows and DJ events. That's not all as this spot features a colourful rooftop bar and unique interiors that play on the idea of a traditional gentleman's club. 

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 nights, DJs, arcade games and pool. 

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 dig into their fiery, Mexican plates.

Whether it's the brooding interiors, the heated 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. Swing by this secret bar for signature sips, whatever the weather. 

Named after the year Poitín was banned in Ireland, Bar 1661 is an award-winning cocktail bar in 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 this place. 

Bad Bobs

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Searching for the best cocktail bars in Temple Bar? Bab Bobs is up their with the best of them 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.

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. 

People in Dublin 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's quirky cocktails, aromatic dishes and a dedicated rooftop bar.

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 glasses.

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 live music, getting down at the silent disco or simply searching cheap drinks, this is the place. 

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.

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. The Liquor Rooms use only finest mixes and bitters to churn out interesting concoctions that you like won't find elsewhere.