10 Essex St East
+353 (0)1 679 6543
A small but very snazzy bar. It could be just another hipster joint but in the mayhem of the surrounding Temple Bar, it feels like a very genuine oasis of cool. Expect primary colours splashed everywhere and framed album covers on the wall. The prices are just right here and there’s a mean cocktail menu.
Quay Temple Bar
+353 (0)1 677 9315
Like most places in Temple Bar, drinking late on a Saturday night isn’t cheap here. But Fitzsimons does offer quite a lot: huge screens for sports, several floors that include accommodation, a restaurant, four bars, a nightclub and a roof terrace with a worthy view. Good for larger groups.
THE OLD STOREHOUSE
3 Crown Alley
+353 (0)1 607 4003
We’re into typical Temple Bar tourist territory now. It’s big and boisterous with a decent food menu and live music seven nights a week. There’s a nice beer garden, lots of little snugs to hide away in and generally there’s a good atmosphere here on most weekends.
15 Stephen St Upper
St Stephen’s Green & Grafton St
+353 (0)1 478 3097
It looks like a giant Doctor Who tel- ephone box shrouded in hanging plants. Even though The Snug is full of knick- knacks to entice the tourists, there is a genuine warmth and cosiness in this dimly lit wood-encased watering hole.
Fownes St Upper
+353 (0)1 535 7006
Easy to find, Hippety’s looks like nothing else in the area. There’s a lot of colour outside and the inside is like the Mad Hatter's lair, furnished with an array of bizarre hanging lampshades, dainty tables and chairs and wall art. It’s a wine bar, a restaurant and a gallery.