Fun Things To Do In Dublin

It's no secret that Ireland's capital is one of the most high-energy cities in Europe with its mix of iconic monuments, diverse dining scene and eclectic nightlife. To help you zero in on some of city's top activities we've rounded up some of the most fun things to do in Dublin, from quirky bars that come steeped in history to the best places to sample some of the finest local whiskies.

Last updated on 2nd November 2021

Hidden away below the city centre this cocktail bar brings to life the feel of the 1920s with a bootlegger aesthetic and some very fine cocktails. On top of quality drinks and a tasty food menu, you can also find brand takeovers and live music included in their unique events schedule.

Bow Lane

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Bow Lane is one quirky venue in Dublin, as well as being a top-notch cocktail joint it also holds one of the city's best brunches. Join them on a weekend for a brilliant brunch spread, innovative cocktails and live performances from some of the finest drag queens Ireland has to offer. 

The Liquor Rooms is a basement bar brimming with vintage charm, masterly drinks and undeniably wild cabaret shows. Head to the Black Rabbit for drinks with a circus vibe, the Boom Room for a dance, or the Blind Tiger if you're searching for something cosy.

In the mood for a fun night out? Then you simply can't miss stopping by NoLita. With multiple areas giving off different vibes, this place is an Italian restaurant, cocktail bar and boozy brunch haven all under one roof, so you can chill out with a meal before hitting the dance floor.

The cool Middle Abbey Street bar has a party vibe all week long. From the downstairs room of ping pong and karaoke, through to the upstairs eatery and disco space, Wigwam is an essential venture if you're looking for something to do in Dublin.

777 is a fun Mexican restaurant, slinging out top-tier tacos and premium tequila from central Dublin. Head here and you can dig into plates of yellowfin tuna sashimi crunchy tostados, house blend chorizo taquitas and mouthwatering wood-fired meats with refreshing cocktails.

Home to more than just a few bottles and bites, Mary's is steeped in a local history that name checks even Michael Collins himself. With burgers in the basement, signature cheese toasties and a wealth of craft beer options to get stuck into, this is one of the city's more unusual spots. 

Dublin's spiritual home for power ballads and retro cocktails, there's always a party at this Berlin-style dive bar down by the river. Fronting weekly parties with some of the city's best DJs in tow, alongside pool, darts and arcade games, it's one of the funnest basement spots in the city.  

Bad Bobs

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Kitted out across an impressive five floors, Bad Bobs is a one-stop-shop for eating, drinking and partying on Essex Street East. Swing by and you'll find classic (affordable) cocktails, live music and DJs sets that'll carry you through into the weekend. 

As if housing 140 whiskies from around the world wasn't enough, The Dingle Whiskey Bar also teaches you how to drink 'em with a range of tastings and pairing evenings, alongside a few live music events where you can settle in with a glass of the good stuff and soak up some local talent.

Does your idea of a fun day out in Dublin include illicit cocktail sipping? Look no further than Vintage Cocktail Club, a top secret bar in Dublin serving award-winning mixes against a backdrop of unique trinkets, plush seating and dimmed lighting for an extra dash of drama. 

Bringing together Asian eats, uniquely blended cocktails and late night club antics under one roof, Opium is one fun place to go in Dublin. While away the hours on a quirky date, group night out or special occasion with dinner, drinks and partying 'til late in one place.