Dublin Nightlife Tips by Jefie

Dublin Nightlife: 467 reviews and 494 photos

2 more images
In The Brazen Head's old courtyard - Dublin

In The Brazen Head's old courtyard

The Brazen Head: Have a pint at Dublin's oldest pub!

Although it claims to be the oldest pub in the country, Sean's Bar in Athlone actually is a couple centuries older than The Brazen Head. But still, this Medieval pub dates back to 1198, and it is for sure the oldest pub in Dublin. It has retained all of its historic charm and character, which makes it really popular with tourists. Each of the pub's small, cozy rooms are filled with atmosphere, and so is the courtyard area. It's a good place to go when you feel like mingling with fellow world travellers, and there is something special about the idea of having a pint of Guinness in the same spot where the likes of Michael Collins and Jonathan Swift used to get together with friends and colleagues to discuss the state of their country. Don't you love it when history calls for a drink?!

Dress Code: Casual

Address: 20 Bridge Street Lower

Directions: Downtown Dublin

Phone: 353 (01) 677-9549

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Website: http://www.brazenhead.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written May 25, 2009
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse
3 more images
The Temple Bar in Dublin - Dublin

The Temple Bar in Dublin

Temple Bar area: From traditional to rock live music! Temple Bar Area Review

Perhaps spending an evening bar hopping in the Temple Bar area doesn't sound like the most original thing to do while in Dublin, but what I thought made it so interesting was the variety of pubs and live music that could be heard in the area - while some of the pubs remain faithful to the image we've got of a traditional Irish pub, others are definitely more modern and often feature live rock music. Very roughly, if you're in the mood for some "Molly Malone" and "Wild Rover", the area that stretches between Westmoreland St. and Eustace St. is where you'll most likely hear some flutes and fiddles. Some pubs, such as The Palace Bar (21 Fleet St.), are well known for their typical Irish music sessions; others, such as The Oliver St. John Gogarty, are more similar to Irish pubs around the world, with plenty of people (well, mostly tourists) singing along, clapping hands, and having a jolly good time! In the area that stretches between Eustace St. and Fishamble St., the pubs become gradually more modern, and you're more likely to hear live bands play some Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers (and meet more Dubliners). So overall I'd say it's worth spending at least one evening in the Temple Bar area, if only to catch some of the rustling, bustling atmosphere!

Dress Code: Most places were pretty casual

Directions: Temple Bar

Theme: Live Music

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated May 21, 2009
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse
2 more images
At McDaids on Harry Street - Dublin

At McDaids on Harry Street

McDaids: Loved the atmosphere at McDaids!

We hadn't really planned on going to McDaids but as it started raining - or rather pouring - as we were walking up Grafton Street, we ducked into a side street and into the nearest pub, which happened to be McDaids. We immediately liked the atmosphere of this old pub (it dates back to 1779), where we later found out that writers such as Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh used to hang out. There was some rock music playing in the background, low enough to make you feel like this was the kind of place you went to when you felt like chatting with friends over a pint. And speaking of having a pint, after we'd finished our first one, we were having such a good time that we decided to go for a second one, and... let's just say that by the time we left, the streets were quite dry once again!

Dress Code: Casual

Address: 3 Harry Street

Directions: Just off Grafton Street

Phone: 353 (01) 679-4395

Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written May 17, 2009
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse


“"Travel is fatal to narrow-mindedness"”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 4 8
Forum Rank:
0 0 1 6 6

Badges & Stats in Dublin

  • 51 Reviews
  • 148 Photos
  • 12 Forum posts
  • 20,660PageViews

Have you been to Dublin?

  Share Your Travels  

Latest Activity in Dublin

Travel Interests

See All Travel Interests (5)

Top 10 Dublin Things to Do

See All Dublin Things to Do