Dublin, Ireland’s capital, is an ancient city brimming with youthful energy and good cheer. And about 700 pubs.
“Ireland’s nightlife is world-renowned,” says Sotheby’s International Realty Ireland’s David Ashmore. “Whether [you’re] after a velvety pint of Guinness in an old-time pub, live Irish music in a traditional pub or club, or a pinot noir in a candlelit cafe, your preference can most likely be catered to.”
As authentic and timeless as Dublin’s pubs are—one of the oldest in the world, the Brazen Head, is in the central neighborhood of The Liberties—one need not look only to them.
From world-class breweries to romantic wine taverns, here are a few of Dublin’s best nightlife spots
This down-home, hidden-gem wine tavern, founded circa 1736, boasts charming eccentricity. It has no fixed menu; specials are written on a blackboard. The cozy, homey feel of the place (yes, there is a fireplace) is only enhanced by the upstairs Duke Street Gallery. Call ahead to see if live music is in the mix.
It would be silly to go all the way to Dublin without seeing its most popular attraction. Between the tasting experience and learning to pour the perfect pint at the Guinness Academy (119.5 seconds is the ideal pouring time), the massive facility makes for a fun evening. Be sure to catch the sunset in the Gravity Bar, with a 360-degree rooftop view of the city.
Against the Grain
At this casual Camden Street bar owned by the Galway Bay Brewery, Ireland’s best craft brews—including half a dozen made in-house—are on tap as well as a few international ones. Guinness, notably, isn’t available, nor are television screens. Good beer and good eats are, though.