Named after the police who turned a blind eye to the speakeasies of the prohibition era, The Blind Pig is a literal hidden gem. To visit you must first reserve a table for dinner or cocktails, they’ll then send you instructions on how to find them. With a rotating menu of cocktails dreamt up by award-winning bartender, Paul Lambert, and live music on weekends this is the place to disappear to for a few hours.
A building steeped in history, the Market Bar was part of 19th century Dublin’s red light district before it was turned into tenement flats and finally the abattoir and market that it lends its name to.
Today it is a bar and tapas restaurant with red brick walls and a lively atmosphere, especially after 5pm.
Hidden on the top floor of the Dean Hotel, Sophie’s is a glasshouse restaurant and bar boasting 360° views of Dublin.
The elevator opens up to its now famous (and extremely Instagramable) swings. Stop by for dinner, but stay til sundown as the tables get cleared away and the music gets turned up a notch with DJs playing til late.
House is located just off St Stephen’s Green and occupies two Georgian townhouses. Step through its unassuming doorway and you’ll find a mix of rooms, each with their own flavour but amalgamating to create a unified interior.
If it’s sunny grab a seat among the olive trees in the garden and ponder which of their 38 different types of gin will best quench your thirst. You’ll quickly forget you’re in the centre of Dublin city.
Sitting on St Stephen’s Green, The Grayson is housed in a protected Georgian building that goes back nearly 300 years. In its most recent incarnation no expense has been spared to bring out the building’s original charm.
On your arrival, make your way up to their glass-ceilinged atrium bar and chat to their expert mixologists who will help you decipher their menu and find exactly what you’re looking for.
Set on the vibrant Dawson St, 37 Dawson is an enchanting bar and eatery.
Stepping inside, you will find an assembly of the wonderfully weird, from vintage paintings and posters to giant gargoyles and moose busts. At the back you can hide out in the whiskey bar and sip some of the uisce beatha (water of life) that Ireland is famous for.
Located in Dublin’s tech centre, Grand Canal Square, the bar atop The Marker Hotel offers unbeatable views of the mountains and the sea.
Their cocktail menu is extensive but don’t be afraid to take a chance on a new one, then sit back and watch the bustle and the wakeboarders on the canal below.