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temple bar area

dublin nightlife

looking for the go to spots for drinks with pals, maybe you want to discover dublin nightlife or just be where all the buzz happens. if that is the case then our recommendation is to head in the direction of these areas – all located nearby to each other and right in the city centre. get yourself all dolled up and paint the town red!

Stay at the gibson hotel while exploring dublin nightlife, our hotel is easily accessible to all of the great pubs and restaurants in dublin with the luas right outside the hotel. we are also located right beside the 3arena, so choose us for your stay the next time your at a gig in dublin!

bars & restaurants in dublin

  • Dawson Street
  • Fade Street Area
  • Harcourt Street
  • Temple Bar

Dawson Street

this is a lively posh spot to head to in Dublin. get your glad rags on and enjoy the likes of Café en Seine and 37 Dawson Street both located side by side on this street.  spread out over 4 levels and with atmospheric dining areas, you could just park-up for the evening and enjoy the late night music and buzzy atmosphere. it’s the perfect spot to enjoy dublin nightlife!

on this street you will also find the Ivy as well as Fire restaurant which are great spots for food, pics and drinks.

if you are on this street in the morning or during the day and love coffee then the Beanhive cafe is worth visiting for delicious food and incredible latte art – see for yourself here

further up Dawson Street is The Dawson Lounge, renowned as Dublin’s smallest pub. it’s definitely worth checking out for one!

Fade Street Area

this general area is packed with lots of pubs and restaurants of Dublin that have a great urban vibe.

it’s the perfect spot if you want to check out a few bars and immerse yourself in a mixture of buzzy hipster pubs, live music and a few traditional ‘best Guinness’ Irish pubs – you will have to try them out yourself to determine who really does serve the best pint! Idlewild, Hogans and the Bar With No Name all claim that theirs is the best….

popular bars around this area include the Market Bar which serves great drinks alongside a tapas menu and offers bottomless cava brunches at the weekend. another place worth checking out nearby is the Hairy Lemon. the 90s musical comedy The Commitments was filmed here and the pub itself is now an unconventional, quirky pub adored by many (funnily enough they too reckon they pull the best pint of Guinness).


Harcourt Street

one of the most important streets for dublin nightlife is Harcourt Street and this is where to head to for late clubs. here you will find Krystle, Dicey’s, Dtwo, and the most iconic of the lot, Copper Face Jacks (locally called Coppers). opening times vary but many late nights are known to be had on this street

the street also has the LUAS tram tracks running along it so you can have easy access door to door from the hotel to the clubs.

Temple Bar

this is the well know tourist part of Dublin.  there are loads of great dublin pubs and restaurants in this part of the city. with the cobbled narrow streets it has great appeal for a night out – just not great in heels!

for a traditional irish experience with trad music and dancing look no further than the appropriately named ‘The Temple Bar” or the Norseman or the Auld Dubliner, all perfect spots to hear great music and enjoy more than just the one drink.