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04th Jul 2023

Her readers reveal the best and most afforable cocktails bars in Dublin

The weather is due to pick up for us here in Dublin this weekend, so what better way to catch up with friends than over delicious cocktails?

Prices are going up across the board and people are less likely to head out for €20 cocktails, so we asked our readers to give us their favourite – and most affordable – options.

Here are the best recommendations from Her readers to try this weekend:

Three Storey cocktail bar, 10 St Stephen’s Green 

The business’s website describes Three Storey as: “A unique concept combining modern Irish dining, a café bar and cocktail bar under one roof serving coffee, cocktails, wines and pints in a contemporary sophisticated setting situated over multiple floors in a classic Georgian building overlooking St. Stephen’s Green.”

Vintage Cocktail Club, 15 Crown Alley, Temple Bar 

A staple in Dublin, with Google reviews suggesting that prices are decent. It is described as “a gorgeous oasis of calm and cocktails, right in the heart of Dublin’s buzzing Temple Bar. Behind an unobtrusive black door marked only with the lettering VCC.”

In order to enter, just ring the bell and “step inside for an unrivalled cocktail experience.”

The Living Room, Cathal Brugha St, Rotunda 

This location is great for anyone who wants to head out for a nice cocktail while also catching up on the weekend’s sporting events.

It’s home to one of Dublin’s biggest TVs for a range of sports but also has a beer garden and weekend DJ sessions.

Capitol Lounge, 1 Aungier St 

This bar is great for any late night needs. It’s situated at the junction of South Great George’s Street and Aungier Street in Dublin 2, in the heart of Dublin’s fashionable Village quarter.

“Serving up a cosmopolitan mix of excellent cocktails, great music and sophisticated surroundings since 1999, Capitol Lounge has become one of Dublin’s premier late night venues.”

Grand Central Dublin, 10-11 O’Connell Street Upper 

For a fancier vibe, you could book into the Grand Central in Dublin which is a popular option among Her readers.

It’s located on O’Connell Street, so it’s perfect for any pre-concert or post-concert drinks and bites if you’re headed to the 3Arena.

Electric Circus, 81-82 Talbot St, North City 

Electric Circus described itself as “an eclectic bar, full of colour and character that invites you to interact with your surroundings. It’s a place where you can expect to see anything around the next corner, and when you do you’re likely to smile.”

You’ll see lots of quirky art of the walls, carefully crafted cocktails and tasty food on the tables.

Eleven, Bray Rd, Loughlinstown 

Eleven is located in Dublin 18 and serves brunch, lunch and dinner at the weekend.

Kids are also welcome if they are over 10 years of age.

Thunder Road Cafe, 52-57 Fleet St, Temple Bar

Thunder Road Cafe is another central option if you’re around town at the weekend.

They serve “the finest drinks, the most experienced bartenders, the best atmosphere – everything you need for that perfect night out.”

J.T. Pims, 4 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

J.T. Pims’ “drinks menu is strongly flavoured with traditional cocktail recipes, many with the JT Pim’s twist! From the classics like the Old Fashioned, Martinis and Manhattans right through to craft cocktails our bar tenders are happy to take requests and you’ll find an extensive list of tasty options downstairs at Gin Rummy.”

Bar 1661, 1-5 Green St, Rotunda

This bar claims to serve ‘Ireland’s best cocktails’ and the website says their mission is to “introduce the world to poitín, and lift Irish cocktail culture to fresh heights.”

If you want to see the full list of submissions, click here.