As anyone who has ever been to Dublin will tell you, we’ve got a vibrant nightlife scene. As the sun sets on the Liffey and darkness sets in, pubs, late bars and nightclubs fill with people looking to enjoy a great night out.


If you’re looking for a jar (Dublin slang for a drink, typically a pint), you won’t have to look far. The city is naturally split into north and south by the river. You’ll likely have heard about Temple Bar, which is located by the river on the south side. You’ll find lots of pubs and restaurants here and it’s an area popular with tourists. To the north, the main thoroughfare is O’Connell Street, off which splinter a number of streets that thrive at night: Parnell Street, Abbey Street and Capel Street in particular, are usually reliable routes.

The Brazen Head Pub

The Brazen Head Pub Dublin

If you’re looking for traditional music, there are a wealth of older pubs in the city, where you’ll find groups playing a session. On the other hand, if you’d like more modern decor and the chance of a cocktail, areas such as South William Street, George’s Street, Camden Street and Harcourt Street might suit you better.

Pubs open Monday to Thursday 10:30 with last orders at 23:30. Friday and Saturday last orders are at 00:30. On Sunday, pubs open at 12:00 and last orders are at 23:00. You’ll get about 30 minutes to finish up your drinks after last orders.

Late bars and nightclubs

Looking for a dance? Most late bars and nightclubs around the city serve last orders at 02:30, but there are a number of exceptions. You can expect to pay a cover charge in certain places too.

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