There’s no such thing as a bad pub in Dublin, but there are a few great ones.

Whilst we can’t lay claim to having visited them all –  we’ve tried! – we know what makes a good pub a great one.

It won’t surprise you to know that Dublin doesn’t have a shortage of drinking establishments. From stylish cocktail bars to spit-and-sawdust pubs, Dublin has it all. So whether it be the people, the pints or the prices (or a combination of all three) we’ve drawn up a list 10 must-visit hostelries in Dublin that you should pay a visit to enjoy the ‘craic’.

Café en Seine

40 Dawson Street, Dublin (www.cafeenseine.ie)

If you punched “1920’s Paris” in to Doc Brown’s time-traveling DeLorean you might well expect to end up in a place like this. It’s stunning interior in an opulent art deco style is reminiscent of turn-of-the-century France. Highlights include a beautiful glass atrium with real 40ft trees, enormous glass lanterns, a Louis XIV bust, grand piano and a French Hotel lift running between the three floors of this spectacular bar. Even with such a grand space they still manage to retain a great atmosphere thanks to clever design and excellent jazz.

Whatever time of day, Café en Seine is abuzz with atmosphere and is the perfect place to enjoy a slow pint, cocktails with friends or a special night out. Lunch is served daily from noon and by night it turns into Dublin’s most stylish bar. It’s open until 2.30am for coffee, food and drinks and is excellently located near St Stephen’s Green park, on Dawson Street parallel to Grafton Street.

O’Donoghues

15 Merrion Row (www.odonoghues.ie)

A very traditional Irish pub which is highly recommended. This is where the band ‘The Dubliners’ was created and where many local toe-tapping folklore bands perform sitting in the corner table in the pub, 7 nights a week. O’Donoghues is very popular with the locals, which is always a good sign and occasionally the Irish glitterati (yes, we have some z-list celebs too!). It’s busy every day of the week, and is as much a journey through Irish history, with it’s array of drawings and photos that adorn the walls, as a place to drink. Well worth a visit and just about within walking / staggering distance from the official hotels.

Larry Murphy’s

Lower Baggot Street

We have to admit this is was a personal favourite due to it’s proximity to our Dublin HQ and the fantastic staff. Sadly Larry’s has recently closed.

Krystle (Dicey’s)

21-25 Harcourt St (www.russellcourthotel.ie)

If you’re looking somewhere a bit more trendier with pretty girls and even prettier men then make your way towards Krystle’s. Split over several levels it’s very popular for its great midweek offers on drinks, Tuesday pints cost €2, Wednesday pints cost €2.5, Thursday pint costs €3 etc… It’s huge, with 3 floors, 11 bars, 3 function rooms and 3 nightclubs so you’ll never need to wait too long to get served! There’s even a semi-outdoor bar so if the weather Gods are kind during your visit you can enjoy an Irish breeze to chill your Guinness.

Copperface Jacks

29 Harcourt St

If on the other hand you’d prefer a bit of rough then head along the road from Krystle’s to Copperface Jack’s, which is a local legend. No matter which town you’re from you’ll have a club like Copperface Jacks; the one where all the nurses and coppers hang out and a smooch is just a wink away. It’s generally a bit of a free-for-all, with a younger crowd and a great atmosphere. It can be troublesome to get served during busy period so be prepared. Laughs are generally guaranteed as long as you don’t take yourself too seriously.

Octagon Bar at (U2’s) Clarence Hotel

6 – 8 Wellington Quay

If you’re a fan of pop supergroup U2 then The Octagon Bar is definitely worth a visit. Bono and The Edge are owners of the Clarence Hotel and since taking over they’ve given the place a massive facelift to make it one of the Dublin’s most luxurious boutique hotels. The Octagon Bar is famed for it’s cocktails and you never know, you might just bump into rock’n’roll royalty whilst you’re there.

Ron Blacks, The Dawson Bar – Smallest Bar in Dublin

25 Dawson St

Less of a pub. More of a living room.

Filled to capacity at 20 or so customers, Dawson’s Bar is the smallest pub in Dublin. The drinks are cheap and the toilets are dangerous. So much so that the low ceilings are padded so that you don’t bump your head when you’re rising from the throne. One thing you won’t need to worry about though are the queues. As long as you can get in to the bar you can pretty much order from anywhere. It’s a great pub if you’re heading out with a bunch of friends, even better if you want to get to know some local strangers.

Temple Bar

If you’re short on time and still want to experience as much of Dublin’s nightlife as possible then you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Temple Bar area. We couldn’t single one particular pub (there are too many great ones!) so here’s a quick run through of our favourites;

Oliver St. John O’Gogarty’s: A multi-storey pub that’s hugely popular with tourists and hen/ bachelor parties due to it’s live music and good food (massive portions).

The Temple Bar: Quite simply, the Temple pub. One of the first pubs in the area and still one of the best.

Fitzsimons: With bars on all 4 floors, a wide range of live music playing nightly and a late-night cocktail bar and nightclub this one is a must.

Top Tip: Pubs & restaurants in the area are always packed so try to get there early, if you’re late however don’t despair most of the pubs are open till late or have a club. But be prepared to pay ‘tourist prices’

So there you have it. A whistle-stop tour of the best pubs in Dublin. If you know of any yourself then feel free to add them to comments below, otherwise perhaps we’ll bump into you in one of the bars. If so, our’s is a pint of the Black Stuff.

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Just when you thought we couldn’t give you any more our next blog article will feature some of the best restaurants to try while in Dublin – well you’ve got to have something in you to soak up all the booze, right?