The Best of Dublin Nightlife

July 05, 2023
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Dublin’s nightlife is a treasure trove of vibrant experiences, traditional pubs, and pints. 

Starting with Layla’s lip-smacking cocktail and ending with pizza toastie at The Well, this is how you can experience an amazing night out.

Here’s your essential guide to Dublin nightlife.

Indulge in an aerial booze-fest at Layla’s

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A rooftop bar in Dublin doesn’t mean a thing if it doesn’t have a swing. And it’s a swing that you first see as you ascend to Devlin Hotel’s fourth floor and arrive at Layla’s.

Looking like a panoramic glasshouse in the sky, the bar-meets-restaurant feels like a cozy observatory. With its floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping views of the vibrant Ranelagh Village, Layla’s levels up the rooftop game. 

Architecturally, the Dublin nightlife venue stands in a class of its own. A modern icon swathed in a 1950s suit, the chic sanctuary boasts rich oak floorboards and sumptuous leather booths. It’s a restful blend of contemporary luxury and timeless appeal transporting patrons to a bygone era. 

Since Layla’s is all about drinking experiences, expect a myriad of innovative cocktails, refreshing beers, and even wines on tap. 

Despite feeling like a social give buzzing with the city’s trendsetters, Layla’s serves as a vibrant intersection where Dublin’s city life is savored and celebrated.

Strike a pose at Samuel Beckett Bridge

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In the world of Instagram aesthetics, Dublin’s Samuel Beckett Bridge offers a veritable feast for the photo-hungry adventurer. Strikingly modern yet deeply rooted in the city’s rich history, the bridge salutes the national emblem of Ireland – the traditional harp.

Just a snapshot away from Dublin’s pulsating nightlife, this bridge is more than just a photogenic marvel; it’s your prelude to an evening of Irish merriment.

Unleash your inner whiskey connoisseur at The Dingle Whiskey bar

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For those who prefer their nocturnal adventures on the rocks and with a splash of history, The Dingle Whiskey Bar leads the spirited saga of Irish whiskey. 

Ireland’s affair with whiskey isn’t a fling, it’s a romance penned across centuries. A story that withstood trials of war, famine, and even hiccups of prohibition, it’s a testament to the enduring spirit of the Irish. 

The Dingle Whiskey Bar is a treasure trove where this liquid heritage comes to life. It’s more than just a cozy corner pub. It’s an institution of knowledge, a sanctuary for the whiskey-curious and connoisseurs alike, housing an outstanding selection of over 200 whiskey types.

You’ll learn about the subtleties of each pour – from the smoky peat of Connemara and the spicy undertones of Redbreast to the Dingle Distillery’s own home-brewed creations. Above all, it’s an odyssey that unfolds over time, allowing you to appreciate the craftsmanship of each drop.

Explore Temple Bar District

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Somewhere in between a bustling riverside neighborhood and a massive cobblestoned square, Temple Bar District is the definition of bar-hopping. 

Think of the Dublin nightlife hotspot as an open-air museum for fun-seekers and a labyrinth of night-time thrills stitched together by street musicians, beer pints, and Guinness glasses. 

For instance, Pop City Temple Bar. Housed in what seems to be a relic from the past, this nightclub springs to life with pulsating beats and a crowd that knows no deceleration. 

Then, a short stroll across the district takes you to the bastion of bohemian vibes, The Workman’s Club. This hipster haven’s a must for its live music scene and retro feel that rekindles the nostalgia of the yesteryears.

Likewise, at Bad Bobs Temple Bar, things are heating up with five floors of unparalleled fun. Each floor carries its aura and vibe, from cozy to clubby, providing an unpredictable enjoyment journey.

Sip on the Jam-In cocktail at Peruke & Periwig

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What’s shaken, not stirred, and has a twist that could make even a secret agent do a double take? The Jam-In. Boldly stepping into the spotlight, this cocktail playfully winks at the classic Pornstar Martini, then reinvents it.

Defining what’s new and next in the mixology game, the Jam-In leaves a trail of Havana Club Especial rum and Vanilla Liquor in its wake, with each stomp releasing a burst of pineapple, passion fruit, orange, and grapefruit.

The mastermind behind this boozy libation, Peruke & Periwig, is where 19th-century nostalgia meets 21st-century panache. Acting like a vintage saloon, the watering hole is all about candle-lit tables, gilded frames, and mahogany decor elements.

However, Peruke & Periwig’s real tour de force is its award-winning cocktail catalog. This ‘passport to intoxication’ invites you to travel the world in 40 cocktails, each representing a different destination.

Burn up the dance floor at Twenty Two

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AwatDublin’s pub culture and laid-back bars, Twenty Two offers a nightlife scarcity in the Irish city. With its commitment to bridging the gap between upscale clubbing and mainstream partying, the nightclub has crafted an irresistible atmosphere.

From opulent interiors to pulsating beats, Twenty Two is the beacon of high-energy, classy clubbing for those looking to dance the night away in style.

Nourish your inner foodie with pizza toasties at The Well

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If you’ve ever found yourself wrestling with the quintessential late-night culinary conundrum – pizza or toastie, then the gastronomic genius at The Well in Dublin has the answer: the pizza toastie. 

A quirky culinary concoction that’s as delightfully indulgent as it sounds, it’s the sort of madcap fusion that could only make sense in the witching hours. It’s the sort of multi-layered, mouthwatering masterpiece that could soothe any beer-induced hunger pangs.

The only place where you can relish in this tasty hybrid is The Well, a dining destination that’s as much about the vibe as it is about the fare. Since the decor effortlessly merges industrial chic with cozy homeliness, it’s the perfect backdrop for playful food offerings.

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