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DUBLIN BEYOND THE PUBS

FROM A PLUSH LOUNGE TO A HISTORIC WINE TAVERN, WHERE TO CELEBRATE AFTER DARK

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

Red Bank

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.

Guinness Storehouse

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.

The dining room of rustic/modern hotel House Dublin, located near the Grand Canal, offers a luxury gin experience known as Table 24
The dining room of rustic/modern hotel House Dublin, located near the Grand Canal, offers a “luxury gin experience” known as Table 24

Credits: Laoise Moggan

House Dublin

The colorful dining room of this rustic/modern hotel near the Grand Canal offers a new “luxury gin experience” known as Table 24. Focusing on Japanese-inspired gin, choose from the Ginza Keiken, a Japanese-inspired cocktail masterclass, or the Social Keiken, a make-your-own gin-and-tonic experience using rare Sencha tea and hand-picked botanicals. Good for a refined night out.

The Horseshoe Bar

For an elegant evening with top-notch tipple, pay a visit to this plush, candlelit lounge. Located inside the impeccably tony Shelbourne Hotel, near the famous St. Stephen’s Green park, its name refers to the shape of its bar. Enjoy a whiskey tasting there, or sidle up to the historic bar to meet some colorful local characters—the place is a haunt for regulars.

Lemuel’s

This refined drinking lounge is named after the rambling protagonist in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, an Irish classic (the city is rightfully proud of its deep literary past). Bright with pastel hues and fine wooden floors, the bar is a great place to start an evening of adventure.

La Cave

This French wine bar, located in a basement with dim lighting, is a great spot for sipping wine, eating foie gras, and swaying to gypsy jazz. Though its 350-bottle wine list would impress any aficionado, it is first and foremost about the atmosphere and good times. One could say the same about Dublin.

Dublin, Ireland’s capital, is an ancient city brimming with youthful energy and good cheer. And about 700 pubs.

Credits: Laoise Moggan
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