8 Bars with a great atmosphere in Dublin…. in no particular order….. here we go!!!
27 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2Image from House website
House is a new and exciting leisure option in the heart of Dublin City Centre. It’s a place with different spaces for you to work, relax and socialise, be it a quiet lunch for two in the parlour or a big night out in the garden. House opened in August of 2013 and occupies two Dublin Georgian Mansions at 26/27 Leeson Street, dating back to 1836. They feature two bars and a Wine Room, alongside a Conservatory, Terrace, Glasshouse and a fabulous Garden.
2. Everleigh Garden
33 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 Everleigh Gardens – Image from website
Located on Harcourt Street, Everleigh Garden is a bar / club / venue that is ‘70% outside, 30% inside and 100% friendly’. The vibe is chilled during early evening and then turns into a nightclub. With a cool garden atmosphere this is a great place to either start or end your night. Everleigh Garden won the 2013 National Hospitality Award for the best nightclub.
3. The Bernard Shaw
11-12 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2The Big Blue Bus Pizza Restaurant at the Bernard Shaw – picture from Google.
The Bernard Shaw is a quirky bar/club with a 100 seater pizza restaurant, inside an old double-decker bus out the back. The venue is open from 8am Monday to Friday for breakfast and lunch with the bar open from 4pm for drinks and pizza. Music is their first love with the venue hosting weekly nights covering all stops between reggae, dub, jazz, disco, house and general electronic noodlings. It is located a little further out from the centre of town than some clubs but still only a 20 min walk roughly.
4. 37 Dawson Street
37 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 37 Dawson Street taken from their website
This bar is a treat for the eyes. Full of antique objects and crazy things, 37 Dawson Street provides a great atmosphere to sit and unwind with a few drinks. The venue itself is also a restaurant and a late bar, with four distinct bar areas throughout the building, each one with its own character. The rooms themselves are filled with curios and antiquated bookshelves juxtaposed with bright bursts of neon – there’s even a full-sized buffalo! This place is pure theatre.
5. Café en Seine
40 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Cafe Seine picture from their website
A series of bars spanning 3 floors, the soaring interior of Café en Seine is amazing with a 3-storey atrium culminating in beautiful glass-panelled ceilings, 40 foot trees, enormous art nouveau glass lanterns and statues among its many stunning features. In the daytime it’s a pleasant cafe and at night time, a brasserie with an extensive range of beers and cocktails.
57 Old Harcout Street Railway Station, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2Odeon image from publin.ie – originally from odeon website
Recently renovated, Odeon is a large theatrical space with a vintage decor and a number of separate and distant areas inside with comfy seating. The cocktail list here is very well thought out and well worth a look.
35 Dawson Street, Dublin 2Samsara bar image from their website
Located in the La Stampa hotel and spa, Samsara bar is a moroccan themed nightspot. Samsara is excitingly atmospheric with its exotic furnishings and hand painted décor. Samsara Café Bar was designed by Sarah Murray and Parisian interior designer Miguel Cancio-Martins, whose Portfolio includes Johnny Depp’s Man Ray Restaurants in LA, Paris and New York, The Olivia Valere’s in Marbella and Raffles Hotel in Singapore.
8. Cassidys Bar
27 Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2
A popular bar located on Westmoreland Street. Cassidys offers an 80’s themed interior, video games including Donkey Kong as well as a range of well known cartoon and movie decor throughout the venue and they even have free snacks at the bar! Definitely one to check out!