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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Dublin

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Dublin? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Little Pig Speakeasy restaurant
4.8 (93)
€30 and under
Grafton Street
About the restaurant
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The Little Pig Speakeasy is for over 23s only. Please make certain to read your confirmation email carefully as it contains all the information on how to find us.

The Little Pig, under the genius of Patrick Thomas, is a truly sophisticated and opulent 1920s speakeasy. With a cocktail menu to die for, it is covered in opulent, rich red velvet upholstered walls with a rustic copper ceiling. Reminiscent of old school glamour, The Little Pig is plush and sexy, offering intimate seating for groups both large and small. Boasting some of the finest cocktails you’ll find in the city, you may find yourself transported back to 1920s high society. If you find yourself hungry while sipping on our Great Gatsby-inspired tipples, why not try some of our delicious New York-Italian dishes, all of which have been created to match our drinks.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
I loved the "directions " to enter the speakeasy! Very quiet, great Italian food!
A photo of Murray's Bar restaurant
4.6 (487)
€30 and under
Gastro Pub
O'Connell Street
About the restaurant
Murray’s Bar is a traditional Irish pub in the heart of Dublin with live music and Irish dancing every week. Enjoy a creamy pint of Guinness and a hearty meal in our comfortable lounge, or watch the match in our large, heated beer garden.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Great place! Food is really great, wonderful whiskey selection, great service, and fun atmosphere. Will go again before leaving Dublin!
A photo of Thunder Road Café restaurant
4.5 (2261)
€30 and under
Temple Bar
About the restaurant
Planning a special event or a gathering with a large group of friends or family? Thunder Road Café welcomes group bookings, ensuring a fantastic time for everyone. Our spacious and vibrant venue can accommodate groups of various sizes, and we offer tailored menus to suit your event needs, creating memories that will be cherished by all.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Was a fantastic night great staff and Dj was amazing was a great venue for 30th birthday celebrations
A photo of Roe & Co Distillery restaurant
4.5 (244)
€31 to €50
Cocktail Bar
The Liberties
About the restaurant
Roe & Co Distillery is the home of cocktail exploration and modern Irish whiskey. Nestled in the heart of the Liberties new energy surges through the former Guinness Power Station, where fun and flavour come to life.

Enjoy some of the most exciting food Dublin has to offer at the Roe & Co Summer Garden. Expect delicious food, inspired by international cuisines, matched with bespoke Roe & Co cocktails as part of our award-winning Summer dining experiences. Come join us in our cosy, heated, and fully covered Power House Garden

Please drink Roe & Co responsibly, visit drinkaware.ie for more info.

Please note that our venue is strictly over 18's only.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
We had a brilliant evening combining both the Blending Experience and the street food event. The food was fabulous and the cocktail pairings worked fabulously with the spiced flavours. The Roe & Co Tour was excellent, staff gave a great review of the distillery’s history and brought to life the journey from the 1700’s to now.
A photo of Pen & Player restaurant
4.4 (37)
€51 and over
Tapas / Small Plates
South City Centre
About the restaurant
Pen & Player Cocktail Bar, Dublin's Premium Cocktail Experience.

The dash of alchemy, a measure of anticipation & a twist of surprise are to be savored slowly.
The spectacle and the show, something to share, something to whisper. Stories we like to tell, other to discover.

Enjoy the best expertly crafted cocktails in Dublin along with our selection of fine wines and spirits.

A light bite gourmet menu is available to compliment our expertly crafted cocktails or fine wines.

Welcome to Pen & Player.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
First time here. Just went for cocktails. They were fab. And service was super
A photo of Zozimus Bar restaurant
4.3 (55)
€30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Dame Street
About the restaurant
There’s not much more you could need from a cocktail bar, stylish, sophisticated, cool, unique with a great atmosphere and in the heart of Dublin cities nightspots & shopping district. We have an extensive menu offering home made classic and contemporary dishes served by a team of top of the industry waiters, bar tenders and chefs. Zozimus is on the ground floor of Centenary house, Anne’s Lane in Dublin, where its famous umbrella’s structure perfectly captures the vibrant and artistic spirit of the area.

All reservations via OpenTable can be for dining or for drinks only. Please note all drinks booking of groups of 10 or more will have an area with a mix of standing & sitting. Please email us at bookings@zozimusbar.ie for all other reservations. Please be advised we are a strictly over 23's venue from 6PM and have a smart casual dress code.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
I didn’t have food so I can’t really say. Music was a bit too loud, sometimes I couldn’t hear the other person, but very nice place overall I will come back for sure for another date night or girls night!
A photo of Jackie's restaurant
4.2 (258)
€30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Dame Street
About the restaurant
Jackie's is a 90's themed boozer bringing you back to the golden era with throwback anthems blasting out of our boomboxes, Italia 90 on our TV screens & serving up nostalgia filled cocktails like Solero P*rnstar & our Calpol 18+ (yes, it actually tastes like Calpol). Book in with us now and transport yourself back to the best decade ever at 40 Francis St, Dublin 8.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Had a great night at Jackie’s bar, had turned up in the middle of boozie brunch and had such a laugh, ended up going to Camden Street but preferred Jackie’s as elsewhere was too mobbed and Jackie’s tunes are banging lol, drinks were fab and all staff were lovely, big thanks to Dan for helping give recommendations for food! Will defo be back!🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
A photo of Fade Street Social - The Cocktail Bar & Rooftop Terrace restaurant
4.1 (938)
€30 and under
Cocktail Bar
South City Centre
About the restaurant
Our Cocktail bar & Rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy exciting cocktails and take in the fantastic views. It's an ideal place to have pre or post-dinner drinks or enjoy late-night drinks with funky tunes.

The outdoor rooftop terrace is a heated area that complements both restaurant downstairs, providing a place for pre or post-dinner drinks, smoking, and late-night drinks with funky tunes. It's a valuable addition to Dublin's outdoor lounging spaces, offering outstanding cocktails and stunning views.

This unique, picturesque, stylish rooftop garden is also perfect for corporate events, launches and private functions.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
I booked a table specifically at the rooftop terrace, only when i got there I found out the rooftop was unavailable for a private event. I should’ve been informed about this beforehand when I made the reservation, not on the spot. Besides this the experience was pleasant, a bit pricey but cool atmosphere. Towards the end they were able to find a table for us on the rooftop, which I appreciated.
A photo of The Green Room Bar restaurant
3.6 (120)
€30 and under
North Wall
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands, The Green Room Bar is the perfect spot for some of Dublin’s tastiest food and delicious drinks with friendly staff and great service.

It’s known for it’s beautiful outdoor dining area, which is perfect for al fresco dining. The outdoor area is adorned with lush greenery and twinkling lights, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. But, the real star of the show at The Green Room Bar is the food. The menu features a delicious selection of seansonal dishes, all made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

The Green Room Bar operates by their QR-ordering system for food on 3Arena concert nights. This is to make getting to your show on time even easier by not waiting to pay a bill. Simply, scan order and let the deliciousness come to you! (All drink orders are placed through the bar directly)

They also have a certain amount of tables reserved for walk-ins, so if you can't get a booking head down early and grab a table!

Top review
Dined on May 21, 2024
This is my second time eating in The Green Room Bar before a concert in the 3arena. Both times were very enjoyable and I will definitely be back again. Definitely recommend booking a table beforehand
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