Dublin's Best Hen Bars


Dublin nightlife has more to offer than the lively Temple Bar.

Across the River Liffey, the banks are strewn with top bars, bags of charm, traditional pubs and craic. It’s less tourist and more local, recognised for its authentic style and the Best Pint of Guinness in Dublin.

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1. Sin É


14/15 Upper Ormond Quay, North City, Dublin 1

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

Live music fans listen up, this one’s for you! Plastered with music memorabilia and regularly hosting gigs, by local and international touring bands, Sin É is a cracking place for a night out. They have a wide range of fantastic craft beers and wines, as well, of course. Irish whiskeys. Spread over two floors with red velvet curtains, comfy sofas and red lights, this bar has a very cool vibe to it and is just bursting with character. You can request to reserve a table by using the contact form on their website.

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2. Confession Box


88 Marlborough Street, North City, Dublin, D01 X267

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

There’s no penance at the Confession Box, just a good pint.

In fact, the pints are so good – this place has reigned supreme as the Best Pint in Dublin for the last two years, in the Best of Dublin awards. This olde-worlde pub, dedicated to the ‘Big Fella’ no less, has a long history in Dublin – once a ‘Confession’ for bishops seeking sympathetic priests. Honouring its past, the pub boasts a great deal of memorabilia along the walls, sitting snugly with the massive crowd. And, we mean snug, as ‘box’ is apt when describing the pub – a cosy venue with a whole load of charm, but not much room… You’ve got to get there first to sample that beloved Guinness and craic on with the locals.

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3. The Church Bar and Restaurant


Jervis Street, North City, Dublin, D01 YX64

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

All hail The Church…

Dublin’s most unique pub/restaurant/club/beer garden/tourist attraction. You’ll be surprised to hear The Church Bar and Restaurant is set in a former, 300 year old church. The venue has undergone an impressive transformation, with a new deity: Guinness. Serving some of the best pints in Dublin, you’ve got plenty of space to ditch the Mother or Father-in-Law, in the form of a bar and basement club – regularly hosting top DJs – as well as the The Gallery Restaurant and the beer garden, recognised as the largest outdoor space in Dublin. You’ll be mixing with the elite of Ireland at The Church – Bill Clinton and Taylor Swift have both dined here (cute couple) – and you can even hire out The Tower Bar, along with its own separate entrance in the glass tower, for that emerald experience.

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4. Slattery's Bar


129 Capel Street, North City, Dublin, D01 YN83

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

Slattery’s is Dublin through and through – one of the city’s finest bars across the water.

It’s also one of the only pubs in the city with a license to open at 7am on a weekend (we can’t imagine you’ll have surfaced…). The authentic Dublin bar is steeped in history, with all of the character and buzz you’d expect from the capital. In fact, this bar is so traditional, it’s attracted the likes of Ireland’s music and movie legends, along with General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The famous Irish breakfast is the cure to all hangovers and you can even stay for lunch for the even bigger carvery. Either way, you’ll be spending several of your weekend hours at this pub.

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5. The Hacienda Bar


15 Mary Street Little, North City, Dublin 7, D07 AK73

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

The Hacienda is a salt-of-the-earth style pub, and relies on word of mouth.

It so heavily relies on it, that it’s one of Dublin’s best kept secrets, and we are revealing it… Located by Dublin’s famous fruit and veg market, your entry is not guaranteed. However, once you ring the buzzer and answer a few questions, we imagine Shay – the local legend and popular landlord – will have a hard time letting you go. Inside the pub, it’s a mix of Spanish villa and old ship (hence the name), featuring 80s music and pool tables. If that doesn’t get you in, Matthew McConaughey and Ed Sheeran have both made an appearance.

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6. BAR 1661


1-5 Green St, Rotunda, Dublin, D07 YT6H

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

Voted Ireland’s bar of the year 2022, with award winning cocktails, this incredible Irish bar is well worth checking out. If you’re a fan of the traditional Irish spirit Poitín, then this bar is for you, with Poitín being used as the base for many of the cocktails. If you’ve never heard of Poitín, then this bar is also for you as bar 1661 want to introduce you to this brill drink, as they describe themselves of “staunchly Irish” and can’t wait to immerse you in the Irish culture. You also have a wide range of Irish whiskeys (plus world whiskeys) to choose from and bar snacks are available.

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7. The Black Sheep


61 Capel Street, Rotunda, Dublin

The interior of Bier Keller, Newcastle, with wooden benches and seats

This pub is no outsider.

The Black Sheep of the family is also the swan, as well as Dublin’s finest craft and micro-brewery venue. Dedicated to all things hops, The Black Sheep has 23 delicious craft beers on tap, an ever-changing menu of bottles, tasty food on said menu and a comfortable atmosphere. The nightlife over the Liffey is, typically, more authentic and The Black Sheep has character, charm and craic by the barrel. Speaking of barrels, the beers are flown in from all over the world and served alongside spectacular local brews. The pub may be off the beaten track, but it’s worth the extra walk – and you can burn off those beers/get a tuk tuk.

Dublin Hen Do Activities

Why not check out our huge range of Dublin hen party activities - including the famous pedi bus tour, the Guinness Factory tour and entry into some of the city’s top nightclubs?

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*We take pride in our work and all of the information in the guide was correct at the time of publication - 02/01/2023. Probably.

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