Nightlife in Dublin – alternative options - Dublin Visitor Centre

Nightlife in Dublin – alternative options

 Off the beaten track for craft beers & craic

Looking for somewhere a little bit different in Dublin?  For a break from the busy tourist ‘melting pot’ of Temple Bar, why not try out some of our favourite hidden gems.  Head to the Village District , just a short stroll up Georges Street, (next to Temple Bar) to Wexford Street.

Anseo Bar is a great place to meet up for a drink and have a chat with friends. They serve a selection of craft beers including O’Hara’s Stout, Curim Gold and lots of other Irish brews.  With nightly DJ’s spinning everything from 80’s pop to emo rock, there’s guaranteed to always be some great background tunes playing. Conveniently located on Camden Street, Anseo is in the heart of the hipster village district. 

A little further south into Portobello is The Bernard Shaw. You can’t miss this thronging hotspot – just follow the bright street graffiti and the most hip of hipsters towards the spot with the banging tunes.  This larger than life bar is popular with everyone and it’s easy to see why, the large beer garden, the pizza bus- (I know, it’s really cool) and the great selection of crafty beers. If you are feeling hungry you can choose one of the delicious pizzas, or combine it with a beer for just €10!  If you can find the DJ, he might just play a special tune for you… (he’s usually on the bus).

Just a five minute walk away is Blackbird, a sports bar with a difference. Not quite in the city centre and not quite a suburban pub Blackbird is a straight up craft beer house and a great spot to head to if you like your sports. Star Wars fans will also love the collection of Star Wars memoribila hanging from the ceiling. And for a trip down memory lane Blackbird has old school arcade games – Street Fighter 2 among them. Worth the walk on its own really!     So take your pick – one, two or all three bars.  Enjoy your craft beers, cheap eats and great music with atmosphere at these unique bars! And don’t worry about finding these pubs – they are all on our interactive map (click here) and the friendly locals will be able to point you in the right direction.

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