Dublin Delights: 10 Best Rooftop Bars for a Scenic Sip

When it comes to enjoying a vibrant cityscape with a refreshing beverage in hand, Dublin’s rooftop bars offer an unbeatable experience. With stunning views, trendy vibes, and a lively atmosphere, these elevated establishments provide the perfect setting for relaxation and socializing. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, join us as we explore the 10 best rooftop bars in Dublin, where unforgettable moments and breathtaking panoramas await.

1. Sophie’s Rooftop Restaurant and Bar

Sophie’s is an award-winning rooftop restaurant & bar located at The Dean, Dublin with floor-to-ceiling windows that give you an amazing view of Dublin and the surrounding area. You can see 360 degrees of Dublin, and from city to countryside – the weather is like their wallpaper! 

They serve up delicious Italian-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, plus a brunch menu on weekends. The chefs make sure you get the full international and Irish experience with their wood-fired pizzas, pasta, steaks, and fish specials. Plus, they get their food delivered daily from local suppliers. And if you’re looking for a night out, they have one of the best bars in Dublin with an amazing cocktail selection. So grab a stool and sit back and relax – day or night – while their amazing bartenders make you feel like royalty!

Address: 33 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2
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2. Fitzsimons Temple Bar

With over five floors of party-ready spots, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the city’s most sought-after party venues. Situated at the heart of the iconic Temple Bar area, the hotel’s four bars – including the award-winning Roof Garden Bar – and nightclub, Pop City – are just a short drive away. In addition to its 22 bedrooms, the hotel also houses a late bar and restaurant, a nightclub and a roof beer garden.

On the main stage, you’ll be able to enjoy live music from some of the best musicians in Dublin City, all week long. If you’re looking for a place to let the sun go down while sipping a cocktail or a pint, you’ve come to the right place. It’s also close enough to Trinity College and Dublin Castle, so you’re sure to have plenty of sightseeing opportunities. Pop City, one of the finest nightclubs in Dublin City, is also open every weekend.

Address: 21/22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin
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3. Vintage Cocktail Club

Vintage Cocktail Club is one of the most exclusive cocktail and dining experiences in Dublin City. Refined, relaxed, and welcoming, it’s the perfect place to catch up after work, grab a pre-show cocktail, have an intimate gathering or have a wild night out.

The vintage vibe is refined, relaxed and welcoming. The chic and comfortable vintage environment is reminiscent of the golden age when speakeasies flourished, aviators flew in the sky and silent movies were popular.

The extensive, award-winning cocktail menu is full of fun and delicious gourmet food. Come ring the doorbell, sit back and let Vintage Cocktail Club indulge your every cocktail craving and feed your hungry tummy.

Address: 15 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 E229
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4. Opium

Opium is Dublin’s most popular night-time venue. Opium is located on the third floor of the stunning Botanical Garden on Wexford Street, Dublin 2. Opium is one of Dublin’s most authentic Asian restaurants, offering tastes of the East, from Thailand to Japan and Vietnam.

Sit back and sip a cocktail, curated by their expert mixologists, in the stunning Botanical Garden. Or keep the party going into the night with their large nightclub and the stunning rooftop terrace! They offer unrivalled pan-Asian cuisine, with an enticing range of cocktails and wine to choose from.

For years, Opium has been creating the perfect dining experience, bringing the flavours of the East to Dublin’s vibrant city streets. Opium opened in November 2013 and provides each guest with a high-end, vibrant experience, from start to finish.

With so many different spaces, each offering a different experience, Opium is always in demand. Open to the public, Opium is a high-end restaurant, lounge, garden and club. It is the perfect place to host high-end, private or semi-private events, meet friends and celebrate.

Address: 26 Wexford St, Portobello, Dublin 2, D02 HX93

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5. The Workmans’ Club

The club’s mission is simple: to create a space where artists and independent thinkers live out their dreams. Whether you’re looking for a down-and-dirty rock gig, an intimate acoustic show, a comedy night, a book reading, a multimedia takeover, a themed market, or a diverse indie club night, you’ve come to the right place.

It’s no secret that the building on this site has existed around for more than 160 years, and between 1888 and 2003, it was home to the original Workingmen’s Club. The building’s nature has been carefully preserved, and its original features are the focal point of each floor.

You’ll find venue hire options in the main room, in The Vintage Rooms, and the No. 9 Bar. In the outdoor area, you’ll also find the beloved burger & chips joint, Wowburger. Next door to The Clarence; the most famous rock and roll hotel.

Address: 10 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 VX36
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6. Rooftop Bar – The Marker Hotel

The rooftop bar at The Marker takes over as one of Dublin’s most luxurious hotels’ rooftop bars, making it an enchanting and atmospheric spot to absorb the city’s panoramic views while sipping on the bar’s signature cocktails.

But this unique space isn’t just about the booze – it’s also about a little more than that. In addition to the panoramic views of the city skyline and the cocktails served by expert mixologists, there’s also a small morning workout on the seventh floor. Every Saturday during spring and summer, fitness enthusiasts can head upstairs for one of our hour-long yoga sessions.

The Marker’s rooftop bar is also available for private hire and can accommodate up to 50 guests and has both indoor and outdoor spaces that can be customised to your party’s needs.

Address: Grand Canal Quay, Docklands, Dublin, D02 CK38
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7. Layla’s Rooftop Restaurant

Head up to the top of Layla’s Rooftop Restaurant and enjoy the view while trying out the drinks from some of the best bartenders in Ireland. The rooftop restaurant is full of light and windows to take in the Dublin mountains and city skyline. It’s bright, friendly and delicious – the perfect spot for a night out with friends, a romantic date, a rooftop brunch, or a family get-together. 

Layla’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus brunch every weekend and on bank holiday Mondays. So why not head out to the terrace for a fresh view of Ranelagh?

Address: 117 Ranelagh, Dublin, D06 R3N0
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8. The TapHouse Bar

The TapHouse has a warm and unique personality of its own. The soft lighting, book-lined walls and all the wood make it the kind of place where you’ll feel right at home and relaxed. There are two staffed bars on the ground floor with a range of rotating taps, allowing you to feel the craft culture of the place all through your entire drinks list. Fresh fruit cocktails are made right here in-house and change with the season, including their very own homemade Limoncello to create a cocktail based on their modest list of Proseccos.

On the menu, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to pub grub – they’ve got some delicious burgers, perfectly cooked steak sandwiches and some more modern pub classics such as pulled pork or fish tacos. Perfect for a round of great hoppy beers in the middle of the village. And don’t forget to pop over to their beautiful outdoor terrace for some sun-kissed summer pints!

Address: 60 Ranelagh, Dublin 6, D06 C9C6

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9. Fade Street Social Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

At 8,000 square feet, Fade Street Social has it all! They’ve got a traditional restaurant, a gastro bar, a cocktail bar, and a rooftop terrace. Modern Irish cuisine is served in the restaurant, and the gastro bar has a huge tapas menu. The restaurant is all about supporting and showcasing the best Irish produce, so you know you’re getting the best value for your money. The gastro bar is a great casual spot to check out Dublin’s dining scene. 

The cocktail bar pays tribute to Dublin in the 1900s, with its original brick walls, warm fireplace, and leather couches. The cocktail bar is all about flavour and innovation, with classic drinks and signature cocktails. And the rooftop terrace is perfect for socialising – they serve drinks, cocktails, flatbreads, and more until late, with a great view of Fade Street.

Address: 6 Fade St, Dublin 2
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10. Ryleigh’s Rooftop Steakhouse

Located in the heart of Dublin 1’s Mayson Hotel, the sleek rooftop restaurant is the perfect spot for a date night or a special occasion. The stylish restaurant bar offers a panoramic view of the city’s mountains, River Liffey, City Centre and, on clear days, all the way to Dun Laoghaire.

The space is designed with comfort in mind, with comfortable leather-topped booths lined up along the windows. The open kitchen and charcoal grill add a theatre touch, while the floor-to-ceiling windows take full advantage of the views. 

The dinner menu features a range of classic grill dishes including a selection of pan-fried scallops and shredded duck salad to start the evening, followed by a range of dry-aged Irish steaks (striploin, Delmonico, t-bone, centre cut and tomahawk ribeye for two), crisp-skinned sea bass and desserts such as caramel cheesecake and sticky toffee pudding. The restaurant also offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch options.

Address: 82 N Wall Quay, North Dock, Dublin, D01 XR83
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Dublin’s rooftop bars offer a unique and unforgettable experience for locals and visitors alike. From panoramic city views to hidden gems tucked away in historic buildings, these establishments combine scenic beauty, delectable drinks, and vibrant atmospheres. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic cocktail, a craft beer, or a fusion of flavours, Dublin’s rooftop bars are sure to satisfy your cravings. So, raise your glass and toast to the stunning vistas and memorable moments awaiting you at these 10 best rooftop bars in Dublin. Cheers!

Luvya Bhatia
Luvya Bhatia

An upcoming M.Sc. Communication and Media student at University College Dublin, with a B.A. (Honours) in English Literature from Amity University, Noida, India. Previously worked as a travel journalist, content proofreader and social media intern in India with a number of different media organisations. Specialises in working on Travel and Lifestyle pieces for Babylon Radio.

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