The thing about bars and pubs is, once they have alcohol and a bit of banter, just about anyone can enjoy them. We’re on the hunt for something more, something bespoke, something unforgettable. A different kind of experience that turns the Dublin nightlife as we know it on its head. Today we’re chatting through 5 of the most unique bar experiences in Dublin 8, top of our go-to list for 2020.
Almost brand new to Dublin 8, Anti-Social arrived with a neon-hued bang at the close of 2019. Entertainment-led, Anti-Social was born from the mutual efforts of the masterminds behind widely known night out, Bingo Loco. Stephen Lawless, Craig Reynolds and William Meara came together to create an eccentric rave night that no-one would ever forget. Let’s not forget the fun part: themed days! Sundays mean on-site tattoos, toasties and Megamosas, AKA a mimosa served in a stein. Espresso martinis on the other hand are an everyday special, lucky for us! And their newest release: an in-house wine club on Tuesdays! For a night out that keeps you guessing in the best way, Anti-Social’s where it’s at for sure.
Calling all Guinness fans! Gravity Bar is the resident bar on-site at the Guinness Storehouse. As they say, it’s the perfect place to gaze upon the world as you enjoy a smooth black pint of the black stuff. Found on the 7th floor of the Guinness Storehouse, this glass rooftop bar is all windows: giving you the perfect birds eye view as far as the eye can see. With 360-degree panoramic views of Dublin City and its skyline (fact: you can see the Dublin Mountains from here!), it’s a marvel to see and enjoy whatever the weather. It’s also an excellent space for events, with capacities of 80-270 depending on whether you’re hosting a drinks reception or a sit-down dinner. The more the merrier, if you ask us! If you’re not a Guinness fan now, you sure will be after a visit to Gravity Bar!
If you’re after quality food and drink, 57 The Headline is the place to find it! With 13 delicious Irish craft beers and 11 rotational taps, you’re guaranteed to find your go-to tipple here. Especially with their craft beer tasting trays, your new favourite beer is just a sip or two away! With wide selections of whiskey, wine and gin to boot, it’s a solidified hotspot for Dublin’s own. And if you’re around on the weekend, pay No. 57 Gin Bar a visit – cosy, elegant and mellow, it’s a sure bet for a relaxed evening drink. Especially when there are over 100 try-worthy gins on the cards! Tell us more, 57, tell us more…
On any visit to Lucky’s, we’re saying hello to friendly staff and tastier drinks! Located in the heart of the Liberties, you can’t miss Lucky’s with their funky exterior and artwork extraordinaire inside. The drinks menu caters to everyone with spirits, cocktails, wines and beers – even featuring some non-alcoholic options and an aperitivo or two! If you’re not sure, here’s our piece de resistance: they do PIZZA. Available at varying times every day, you can enjoy any Coke Lane pizza and pint/glass of wine for just €13. Valid mid-week before 7pm only, but sure that’s the only reason we needed to head out on a Wednesday eve, right?
Two floors, one venue, Drop Dead Twice specialise in two things: alternative live music and cabaret. Their live shows cover a variety of topics, from solving mysteries to amateur comedy to dance workshops and open mic nights. One thing that makes DDT entirely unique: they’re the only place in Dublin where you can enjoy BYO cocktails – that’s bring your own, in case you didn’t know. Bring your own desired spirit, and their mixologists will create a bespoke cocktail for you and your group for the duration of your stay. This isn’t any standard cocktail either: it’s entirely unique to you and will push you and your taste buds out of your comfort zone in the best possible way. Some say it’s definitely worth going once for the experience, but it’s now our go-to every Saturday night for the foreseeable! What say you – tempted?