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Our staff’s top picks of places to go in Dublin

We asked a couple of our staff what their favourite places to go out and socialise in Dublin are, see their responses and links to the places below.



If you are staying in Ashfield Hostel in Dublin, you will be likely to meet Conor; he’s the cool guy with the beard that manages the reception in the evenings (and is known to sometimes play the harmonica at the desk), here is his top picks for places to go and have a drink in Dublin!

“I would recommend Sin-é on Ormund Quay for a chilled place to go, also The Porterhouse  in Temple Bar is a great micro brewery. The Mezz in Temple Bar is great for live music, the Palace Bar on Fleet Street is a nice quiet spot and The Auld Dubliner is a great one too. Also for any heavy metal and Phil Lynott fans Bruxulles Bar just off of Grafton Street.”



Sorcha is everybody’s favourite receptionist at Abigails; saying she’s the friendliest person you’ll ever meet sounds exaggerated, but anyone who’s stayed at Abigails will tell you it’s true!

“My favourite cafe in Dublin is the Metro Cafe on South William Street, it has a really old school feel to it and it is really cheap with great coffee and an extensive menu. Pygmalian and the Port House on that street also do great Tapas.”

“Bar wise I’d go for the normal Porterhouse, they have different drink deals everyday and platters of food for like 5EUR a head. Samsara on Dawson Street is great on Thursdays with 4EUR drinks and free popcorn (I know it’s to keep you drinking but it’s soooo tasty). I’ve heard really good things about JW Sweetmans – formally Messers on the quays but haven’t been there myself.”

“Highly recommend O’Sheas. Great staff, great food and a classic Irish feel to the place with an open lit fire in the winter. The food is big in portions and relatively cheap with a large menu. Drinks promos include 3 bottles for 10EUR or 5 for 15EUR and that is any beer of your choice (Heineken, Coors, Bud, Miller etc.) Live traditional Irish music 7 days a week, also it is located on Lower Gardiner Street off the corner of Talbot Street so nice and near to Abrahams Hostel.”