Nightlife

Top Choice Pub in North of the Liffey

Cobblestone

It advertises itself as a 'drinking pub with a music problem', which is an apt description for this Smithfield stalwart – although the traditional music sessions that run throughout the week can hardly be described …
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Token

This arcade-style bar is fitted out with retro video games and pinball machines. As well as a full bar, the restaurant serves up generous portions of innovative, gourmet fast-food. Book ahead for groups of more than…
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Dice Bar

More of a New York dive bar than a traditional Dublin pub, Dice Bar was originally owned by Huey from the Fun Lovin' Criminals. He's since sold his interest, but the look has stayed the same: black-and-red painted i…
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Grand Social

This multipurpose venue hosts club nights, comedy and live-music gigs, and is a decent bar for a drink. It's spread across three floors, each of which has a different theme: the Parlour downstairs is a cosy, old-fas…
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Walshs

If the snug is free, a drink in Walshs is about as pure a traditional experience as you'll have in any pub in the city; if it isn't, you'll have to make do with the old-fashioned bar, where the friendly staff and br…
Gay & Lesbian in North of the Liffey

Pantibar

A raucous, fun gay bar owned by Rory O'Neill, aka Panti, star of 2015's acclaimed documentary The Queen of Ireland, about the struggle for equality that climaxes in the historic marriage referendum of May 2015. The …
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Hughes’ Bar

Traditional purists love the music sessions at this pub, which kick off at around 9.30pm nightly Saturday through Tuesday. By day, the pub caters to the sobering conversations of barristers, solicitors and their cli…
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Confession Box

This historic pub is popular with tourists and locals alike. Run by some of the friendliest bar staff you’re likely to meet, it’s also a good spot to brush up on your local history: the pub was a favourite spot of M…
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Flowing Tide

This long-time stalwart of Dublin's theatre-going community – the Abbey is directly across the street – has been given a spit shine in recent years, but who says that chrome and polished wood isn't conducive to a po…
Craft Beer in North of the Liffey

Black Sheep

One of the best places in the northside to get craft beers, this is part of the Galway Brewery chain. Expect a rotating selection of Irish and international brews, as well as juicy burgers and bar snacks. A good cho…