There Is More To Dublin Bars Than Just Guinness On Tap

There may be plenty of bars in Dublin that subscribe to the homely, rustic nature of the Irish pub serving Guinness but some of the best bars in Dublin are a far cry from this idea. More and more bars are offering a wider range of lagers and ales from microbrewerys and craft brewers both around the country and beyond. Against the Grain and The Black Sheep are just two such pubs that pride themselves on having a broad range of beers that will have you perusing the menus for hours while The Porterhouse brews many of its own award-winning beers.

If you're looking for a beer alternative then look no further than Bagot Huttons which specialises in old world wines in an intimate, cool basement. Meanwhile The Rum Bar which operates out of The Twisted Pepper on Middle Abbey Street has a constantly changing menu of great rum-based cocktails with variations of the spirit from all over the world. 

Bars aren't just about the drinks selection however, it's about atmosphere, pricing and interiors and the bars on this list aren't lacking for any of these qualities. You'll get excellent drinks deals in The Bernard Shaw and The Garage Bar as well as great music and places like The Bailey and Anseo boast a homely atmosphere and special events to match.

Dublin bars have much more to offer than authentic Guinness so make sure to give them some extra attention.


The Bernard Shaw
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Anseo is one of those pubs that makes you feel at home. It's cosy, with shelves of books should you wish to spend an afternoon drinking Guinness and slowly becoming unable to read coherently. The upstairs also plays host to the Laugh Out Loud...  Read More



The Garage Bar in Temple Bar takes a departure from the usual fare of old-style Irish pubs that stream with hen and stag dos. On Essex Street you'll find an open plan bar run out of a disused garage complete with 1950's petrol pumps, car doors...  Read More



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If you're looking for a more relaxed atmosphere and you consider yourself somewhat of a beer and ale aficionado then look no further than Against the Grain. This bar serves a wide range of ales, lagers and whiskeys, showcasing an impressive...  Read More



If you want a central pub that is as authentic a Dublin experience as possible then head for The Bailey. An area famed by James Joyce, you'll find Bloomsday revelers drinking burgundy and munching on Gorgonzola sandwiches within its walls as...  Read More



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The Black Sheep is the sister pub to Camden Street's Against the Grain on the trendy Capel Street. The basis of this pub is great beers, wine and food in a clean, friendly atmosphere with broad wooden tables and board games stored for a night of...  Read More



This wine bar, nestled away in the basement of 28 South William Street, is a restored relic that dates back to 1829. The wine bar operated for over 150 years before closing down in the 1980's but has been recently resurrected to offer over 30...  Read More



This brewing gem opened the doors of its first branch in 1989 and hasn't looked back since. Sourcing some of the best beers from the continent as well as brewing their own, The Porterhouse now boasts five premises in Dublin, London and New York...  Read More


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Emily grew up in Dublin, and studied French and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. During her university years, she lived in both Scotland and France, but traveled around Europe...  More About Emily