Dublin has a lot of hidden bars that you won’t find on any of the tourist maps. Often they are so discreet, you could walk past them and not notice them. Here is a selection of the best 5 hidden bars in Dublin from historical, prohibition-inspired bars, to hideaway basements, and movie-inspired cocktails.
Dublin Vintage Cocktail Club
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The first hidden gem in Dublin´s cocktail scene is the Dublin Vintage Cocktail Club. Tucked away behind a discreet doorway in Temple Bar, it’s a cocktail bar in a speakeasy, 1920s style. They are remarkable because of their unique cocktail menu which has a historical selection of drinks from the early 1400s to the 1990s.
They also offer brunch on weekends and small plates as well as sharing boards and sides for when you get peckish. Besides excellent drinks and food, they also offer a masterclass where you can learn about Cocktails. But before visiting, you need to know that the CVV has a strict Over 23 policy. So have your ID ready.
Chelsea Drug Store
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The Chelsea Drug Store is a not-so-hidden bar in Dublin because it’s pretty known and loved by locals. In the 1900s, there was a pharmacy where the Pub is today, hence the name. But there is a hideaway basement, which you should not miss. It is quieter than other spots in Dublin typically are and you can enjoy your drink in this hidden spot.
Besides an extensive drinks selection, they offer bottomless brunch on the weekends.
Mary´s Bar & Hardware Shop
This name does not deceive. Mary´s Bar & Hardware Shop is exactly that. A bar and a hardware shop, that’s what makes the atmosphere of this bar so special. Every Monday is a Quiz Night as well as Live Music multiple nights a week.
Besides great drink and food deals, they offer nostalgic sweets in brown paper bags, just as they did in the 1990s.
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Amy Austin´s wine bar can be found in the Drury Street Car Park. Which offers a very extensive wine selection. Whether you want to try a glass or directly a whole bottle, Amy Austin is every wine lover´s delight! Besides their wine selection, you can choose from a list of cocktails as well as a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic wines included.
In addition to delectable drinks, Amy Austin also has exquisite food in store for you. There is a selection of snacks and meats and cheese as well as small plates and sweets. Make sure not to miss this cool wine bar. Thanks to their dog-friendly policy, you are welcome to bring your four-legged friend with you.
Stella Cocktail Club
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Nestled away between the ground floor and balcony levels of the Stella cinema complex, you can find Stella Cocktail Club. This hidden bar has a stylish ambiance, and a glass atrium as well as a first-class cocktail menu whether you are visiting before or after a movie, or visiting this cocktail club as your sole destination.
Besides movie-inspired cocktails, they offer mocktails alongside spirits and wines. Furthermore, the bar offers a delicious selection of dishes. Both main courses and snacks are offered. And there is no need to rush, you can bring your cocktail with you to the movies.
As well as some other cocktail bars, this bar has a strict over-23 policy, and booking a table in advance is recommended.