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Things we love:

That accent!

It is home to many famous musicians like U2, Thin Lizzy and Sinead O’connor.

There are no snakes in Dublin because they were banished by St Patrick.

It’s the home of Guinness! That black pint we all know and too often love.

Copperface Jack’s nightclub is an institution and in 2011 made €214,000 from the coat check alone – we say brave the cold.

Things we wished we’d known:

Dublin has exactly 666 licensed pubs – spooky!

Pubs are not allowed to sell alcohol on Good Friday – but there are a few ways around this if you’re desperate.

There are actually less pubs per head than in any other European city.

Best bars in Dublin
Best bars in Dublin
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27 Bar @ The Shelbourne
27 Bar @ The Shelbourne

Enter through the fabulous gold revolving doors with a welcome from some of Dublin’s finest dressed men and you are in for a shock. This old Dublin favorite has had something of a revamp in recent times, and we don’t Read More

37 Dawson Street
37 Dawson Street

All is not as it seems, glows the neon sign above the sofa. This designer’s paradise is swag and you’ll marvel as soon as you stroll in and hot regulars sitting in the bow window seats add to the appeal. Pop Read More

7 7 7
7 7 7

Mexican madness, our favourite. It was love at first sight with this joint. Secretly camouflaged behind an unassuming entrance, look out for numbers and a bouncer, and listen out for a rocking house party. On BarChick’s visit it was jumping; Read More

Bagots Hutton Wine Emporium
Bagots Hutton Wine Emporium

Bagots Hutton brings out BarChick’s inner cavewoman; in fact we’d live in this wine fuelled den given half the chance. Opened in 1828, this is the oldest wine bar in Ireland. Keep your eyes peeled for the BH sign, follow Read More

Bar with No Name
Bar with No Name

Follow the snail trail; he’s your ticket to this rocking house party. He’s wooden and hanging above the entrance, so he’s not going anywhere fast. Climb the stairs and get stuck in. There’s a warren of rooms that beg to Read More

Fade Street Social
Fade Street Social

Ignore the ground floor restaurant at Fade Street Social and climb the stairs up to the New York loft-style bar. Bricks make up the walls, wooden boards the floor and slices of tree trunks the tables. The bar is on your Read More

Izakaya
Izakaya

Hidden below a go-to joint for sushi, most slip down to Izakaya for after dinner drinks. Descend the stairs and you’ll find a western twist on a traditional Izakaya, decorated with Japanese symbols, lanterns and fairy lights all chilling to Read More

Pygmalion
Pygmalion

Inside the Powerscourt Centre wallows Pygmalion, a hipster haven with a room for every situation. Need to divulge your secrets? Want to smoke a shisha? Craving a snack and a beer? Pyg’s got you covered. Mainly though, you’re here for Read More

The Blind Pig Dublin
The Blind Pig Dublin

Chances are nobody has heard of it, and you can’t even get there unassisted. Check Facebook to find out if it’s open, damn these guys are covert. Give them a call and a name and if you’re lucky someone will Read More

The Dice Bar
The Dice Bar

It’s a bit of a trek from the city centre, but that doesn’t seem to put the crowds off. Smithfield has got good drinking heritage with the Jameson Distillery around the corner and the Guinness factory over the road, so Read More

The Exchequer
The Exchequer

BarChick is not about gastropubs, but sometimes there are exceptions to her rulebook and because of the drinks, this is one of them. You’ll be met with a bookish interior (select one if you’re lonely), some inviting (despite their lime Read More

Ukiyo
Ukiyo

If it’s a great night out you’re looking for, this modern Asian restaurant /cocktail bar / club has it all, it’s like the gift that keeps on giving. With private karaoke in the basement and some of Dublin’s best DJs Read More

Upstairs @ Kinara Kitchen
Upstairs @ Kinara Kitchen

Out in Ranelagh, just a couple minutes’ cab from the city is a speakeasy without pretence. Naturally there’s no sign on the door, but it’s not too hard to find and once you get up here, you’re not gonna be rushing Read More

Vintage Cocktail Club
Vintage Cocktail Club

Vintage Cocktail Club is all hush hush. In the heart of crazy Temple Bar, it’s easy to miss. You’d better reserve, and you will be given a time slot. So yeah, it takes a little planning… but so worth it. When Read More