Dublin After Dark: 15 Great Places for Your Next Night Out

You know a fabulous night out was achieved when a series of elements align. Being with the right crowd is a must, and choosing the perfect outfit is always a plus when hitting up the dance floor or strutting through the bar – but if there’s something that makes or breaks a night it’s the choice of venue.

We have compiled a list of 15 different options in Dublin you can count on for your next night out, so give these a chance, enjoy their stylish decor, great drinks and overall appealing atmosphere.

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1. 37 Dawson Street
From mouth-watering brunch dishes and fantastic coffee to late night cocktails, this bar has something amazing to offer all day long. Its unique decor mixes the glamorous and the quirky for a very distinctive feeling and you can choose whether to party in the main area or chill out at their sophisticated whiskey bar.

Where: 37 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
More info: 37dawsonstreet.ie

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2. House Dublin
Feel at home, that is, if home is a super stylish Georgian townhouse with many gorgeous areas to choose from. Eat, drink and enjoy your night out at the elegant front parlour, salon bar, conservatory or glasshouse. Yes, there’s also a wine room and it’s exactly what you think it is.

Where: 27 Leeson Street Lower, Dublin 2
More info: housedublin.ie

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3. Bow Lane
With the promise of signature cocktails, creative and modern food and great tunes one after another until late, what’s not to love? Whether you start or finish your night here, they will always deliver on the promise of “typical Dublin social intercourse.”

Where: 17 Aungier St, Dublin
More info: bowlane.ie

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4. Tramline
This new and state of the art nightclub has quickly earned a rep for being a wicked night out. Whether you chill out in their sleek front bar area or make your entrance into their huge dance floor, it’s just the type of place where great stories begin.

Where: 5 Hawkins St, Dublin 2
More info: tramline.ie

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5. Krystle Dublin
Shine bright like a diamond! This is THE place to dance the night away and embrace the absolute glamour. With a great lineup of DJs night after night, this multi award-winning nightclub has recently been renovated and not only does it look flawless, but it also has several different areas including one of the biggest and coolest terraces in town – and the slickest dance floor that you won’t want to leave.

Where: 21-25 Harcourt St, Dublin 2
More info: krystlenightclub.com

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6. NoLIta
Come for the good vibes, stay for the food and cocktails. This place combines New Yorker glam and Italian charm into a beautiful fusion that offers the best of both worlds with a big dash of Irish hospitality. Expect great music until late, plus vibrant and modern decor in tune with its enticing menus.

Where: 64 South Great George’s St, Dublin 2
More info: nolita.ie

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7. The Black Door
Feel like one of Gatsby’s guests at this sophisticated piano bar and boutique lounge, that features a beautiful Georgian bar, live music and some of Dublin’s best DJs. Enjoy a night sipping on delectable cocktails surrounded by elegance and beauty, (plus the bar is easy on the eyes too).

Where: 58 Harcourt St, Dublin 2
More info: theblackdoor.ie

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8. Xico
This place will make you go “Oh, sí!” Step into the tequila-fuelled party, which is a must-visit for Dublin’s nightlife, and discover its edgy decor and impressive selection of drinks that are both Mexican and international. Hungry? Then you should try out the tacos. Thirsty? Indulge in some of the best Margaritas in town. Looking for fun? Step on in and embrace the fiesta.
Where: 143 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2
More info: xico.ie

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9. No Name Bar
When you look this good, who needs a name? No white rabbit is needed to enter this wonderland, instead, follow the wooden snail sign up the stairs and become the keeper of one of Dublin’s (thankfully!) worst kept secrets. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to cocktails, and the soundtrack will be an instant invitation to dance.

Where: 3 Fade St, Dublin 2
More info: nonamebardublin.com

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10. Idlewild
If you’re more into a low-key evening of good drinks and relaxed enjoyment, then this cosy and intimate bar has you covered. Choose between signature cocktails, craft beers or a fantastic selection of Irish whiskeys and gins. Feeling adventurous? We recommend their Boilermakers.

Where: 14 Fade St, Dublin 2
More info: idlewilddublin.com

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11. The Liquor Rooms
This is next level class. This bar not only mixes some of the best cocktails in the country, but it also has an atmosphere that immediately transports you back in time to a chic speakeasy. Check out their calendar as they frequently have themed nights, live music and many other great events to keep you entertained as if their talented DJs playing the latest tunes weren’t enough!

Where: 6-8 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
More info: theliquorrooms.com

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12. The Chelsea Drugstore
The building was originally a pharmacy at the turn of the 1900s and it has hosted a series of different establishments but none like today’s. A bohemian inspired cocktail bar where award-winning bartenders have been giving room to express themselves through a tempting and creative cocktail menu. Expect laid back vibes, great music and exciting flavours.

Where: 25 South Great George’s St, Dublin 2
More info: thechelseadrugstore.ie

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13. Opium
Indulge in irresistible dishes with pan-Asian fusion cuisine or sip on one of their numerous enticing cocktails or fine wines. This place offers a sophisticated dining and late night experience in all its different areas including a chic restaurant, the lounge and a beautiful garden and nightclub. It has been recently given a makeover so it looks hotter than ever!

Where: 26 Wexford St, Dublin 2
More info: opium.ie

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14. The Bowery
Rockers of Dublin, jump aboard Rathmines’ coolest venue for live gigs. Enjoy a night of alternative feeling in this rockin’ boat-shaped bar where there’s always something going on. Not only does the place have one of the city’s best rum selections, they know how to use them to mix cocktails that would make any sailor shiver with anticipation.

Where: 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6
More info: thebowery.ie

15. Stella Theatre
Opening its doors to the public after 12 years and recent renovations, this bar is quickly becoming a hotspot for drinks, romance and laughter, the perfect venue for having a great night. Expect themed nights within the buzzing atmosphere, alongside cocktails, wine and all that Irish drink has to offer. Once a grand theatre cinema in the heart of Rathmines, the new decor pays tribute to the “Golden Age of Cinema” with its beautiful mascaron ornaments.

Where: 207-209, Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6
More info: stellatheatre.ie