The Dublin bar scene has been growing and growing in recent years with pubs changing hands and some sites being brought back from the dead through extensive renovation. Some are ready to go and some are just about to open. We’ve put together a list of 8 new spots to try out around town.
The Fourth Corner
The Fourth Corner opened recently on the corner of Kevin Street and Patrick Street. The resurrection of the pub on this site has been going down well in the area. Upstairs is a horse shoe bar with a decent amount of low table seating serving up premium spirits and Dublin pizza company pizza. Downstairs is a room that can be booked for parties with its own bar. We’ve used this room twice already and it’s a great resource to have in an area with mostly public bars. Link to photos.
Luckys on Meath Street was on our recent ‘New Pub Pub Crawl’ and it went down well with the crowd that we brought. Outside they’ve got a nice beer garden that will come in handy during the summer and the Coke Lane Pizza is absolutely delicious. Inside is interesting mazer artwork depicting the Liberties and a fairly open plan bar area.
The Belfry in Stoneybatter opened just before Christmas. Like The Fourth Corner it took a once unused pub and refurbished it. They’re offering a good selection of craft beer, as well as a very decent wine selection. They’ve just started a cocktail deal running from Monday to Thursday.
Riot on the south quays replaces Gypsy Rose and styles itself as a ‘Brooklyn meets Berlin’ dive bar and a ‘premium drinks and a revival of retro cocktails’.
Drop Dead Twice Taproom
Drop Dead Twice on Francis Street has expanded from their upstairs cocktail bar to downstairs with their new ‘Drop Dead Twice Taproom’ that boasts a selection of mostly Irish craft beers. The bar is a great spot to book if you have a gig or event. There’s a stage and PA system ready to go.
Helys isn’t technically a new bar as it’s a part of The Mercantile on Dame Street, but it’s worth checking out. The name comes from Wisdom Hely, a printer who used to operate from within this building. Helys printers is mentioned in Ulysses and the Joycean connection is played up. It’s quite a laid back bar and the fenced off seating area midway through the bar is a pleasant place to perch.
Doyles Corner in Phibsboro will be opening in the next couple of weeks. It’s the new venture from the folks that brought you The Barbers in Grangegorman and Oscars in Smithfield and Christchurch. Gin and tonic, cocktails, and food are sure to feature.
The Lucky Duck
The Lucky Duck is thew new venture from PressUp on Aungier Street. It was at one point The Aungier House but lay derelict for years until renovation work began in September of 2017. Downstairs will be a bar serving pints and toasties. Upstairs will be food, cocktails, and a roof garden. The bar is set to open this week. (25th April).