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The Coolest Quirky Bars in Dublin for a Retro Drink

04 June 2019 · 3 min read

Well it’s true what they say; you can’t turn down a street in Dublin city centre without passing a pub. Here, we have picked out the best and quirkiest ones that stand out above the rest for you to enjoy.

Mary’s Bar and Hardware

Steeped in history Mary’s bar and hardware sits on the historic Wicklow Street. Take your pick of 19 whiskeys, 12 choices of beers, stouts, ales and ciders… and of course the best Guinness in town! You’re spoiled for choice with12 choices of rum, vodka and gin too.

Mary’s Bar and Hardware has it all, with classic sandwich toasties for soakage along with retro sweets for the picking such as Refreshers, Stingers, Sour Apple Drops and Clove Rocks. Have a bright idea and want to pick up some bits ‘N’ bobs for your own DIY project? Mary’s has all your DIY essentials with the classic old Irish charm and humour.


The Blind Pig

The Blind pig is secretly tucked away in Dublin city centre. The underground cocktail bar is known for the quality and artistry of its cocktails that has introduced Dublin to the 1960’s speakeasy vibes. Hidden away in a secret location, only when booking will you receive the address, which is less than a five minute walk from Trinity College.


Vintage Cocktail Club

Enter the black door marked VCC and be greeted by 1920’s style and elegance, with vintage trinkets and antique furniture. The vintage cocktail club has received 17 awards for both best cocktail experience and menu over the years since opening in 2012. Each cocktail is carefully crafted with the best ingredients and the extensive 77 cocktail menu has something to suit every taste.


The Church

The restored 18th century church formerly known as St. Mary’s church, has been associated with many famous figures such as Arthur Guinness who tied the knot here in 1761. In 2007 the building was bought and restored with the new name of “The Church Bar & Restaurant”.

The quirky design featuring a restored piano-organ and stain glass windows is the backdrop for lunch, dinner and a late night bar.


Hacienda Bar

Based on Little Green Street, the Hacienda bar is hidden and locked away. Ring the buzzer and be greeted… not to be welcomed just yet! Answer a few questions to determine your fate of going beyond the White stucco walls. Hacienda bar flies under the radar with a Spanish country house exterior and electric interior with relaxed vibes and music.

This bar is an ideal spot for a fun night with a few friends, enjoying a few rounds of pool along with drinks and good company. You might even spot a celebrity or two! Hacienda has also welcomed celebrity guests such as Jack Reynor, Domhnall Gleeson, Ed Sheeran and Gavin James, down through the years.



Bar – Restaurant – Arcade all in one! The restaurant caters for carnivores, vegans and everything in between. If you’re just in the market for a drink and some entertainment TOKEN is the ideal place with cocktails, 22 taps and something to suit ever taste with the added benefit of classic retro arcade games and a pin ball parlour.


The Liquor Rooms

A late-night cocktail bar and arts venue based along the Dublin quays. Choose between 4 rooms depending on your mood. The Black Rabbit, The Mayflower, The Book Room and The Blind Tiger are all ready to explore and see which one is just right!

This cutting-edge cocktail bar aims to create a new and exciting atmosphere where anything can happen. Delight your taste buds, get your dancing shoes on and ready for a new adventure.


Nancy Hands, Bar and Restaurant

It will be hard to find a more classic Irish bar and restaurant in the heart of Dublin’s city centre. Nancy Hands, Bar and Restaurant showcases ‘Craic agus Ceol’ with traditional Irish sessions and a traditional Irish dinner and show, all washed down with a pint of Guinness.


The Market Bar

The Market Bar on Fade Street is part of the creative quarter, which is one of the most diverse parts of the city centre. The open planned red brick layout creates a relaxed atmosphere while serving up tapas, lunch, dinner, craft beers and cocktails.


The Bank

Centrally located on College Green in the heart of Dublin city, The Bank is magnificently designed with stained glass ceiling, mosaic tiled floors and spectacular hand carved plasterwork. It is the ideal place to sit and sip on one of their many cocktail choices. The Bank also serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner and weekend brunch.



What do you look for in a bar? The cocktails, the beer, the ‘craic agus ceol’ or the delicious food on offer, Dublin city centre has it all!


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