Cool And Quirky Bars In Ireland

Nights out aren't about playing it safe. If all your weekends have started to blend into one, it's time to make a bunch of new memories at some of the best (and quirkiest) venues in your city. There's something for gamers, Guinness-lovers, beer enthusiasts and even those partial to a spot of jazz. Check out our ultimate list of the coolest bars in Ireland.

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Last updated on 5th October 2023

Dublin: The Blind Pig

Cocktail bars in Dublin don't get much better (or more secret) than The Blind Pig. Hidden in plain sight within the city centre, you'll be transported to the 1920s Prohibition era – where drinking was kept under wraps. This discreet bootlegger's haven dons brooding interiors and an expertly-crafted drinks menu created by an award-winning mixologist. 

Belfast: Liquor XXX

Belfast's Liquor XXX is a lively Latin American bar that never disappoints. Quirky cocktails are the stars of the show, from spicy mai tais to a tiki punch, paired with DJs and a host of events including throwback Thursdays. There's also a secret back door for those wanting to explore all the nooks and crannies of this retro drinking den. 

Belfast: Cuckoo

If you're looking for a good time in Belfast, chances are the search will lead you to Cuckoo. Game the night away with retro machines where you can play anything from Donkey Kong to Mario Kart and Guitar Hero. Pair that with karaoke, rock music and cocktails inspired by comic book characters, and you've got yourself one of the most bizarre bars in Northern Ireland.