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.