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Last Updated 15/08/2017

Contrary to popular belief, you won’t need to remortgage your home / eat beans on toast for five months / sell a kidney / all of the above, to enjoy a night out in Dublin. Yes, there are places that will rinse tourists for all they’re worth, but if you’re a bit savvy (and read this handy guide), your Dublin stag do certainly won’t break the bank.

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Cheapest Nightlife Areas in Dublin

When you think of Dublin nightlife, you immediately think of Temple Bar. Situated on the River Liffey’s south banks, the long, cobbled stretch of traditional boozers and old-school pubs draw thousands of tourists every week – and don’t they just know it. With prices going up as the night draws on, pints can cost up to €7.45 and single spirits and mixers around €12 in some bars. A savvy Dublin stag group can experience the electric buzz of live music and a string of friendly Irish bars in neighbouring nightlife areas… except at a much cheaper cost. Camden, Wexford and Harcourt Streets, as well as the Grafton to George Street stretch, have some seriously budget-friendly drinks offers – some even offering BYO booze (more on that later).

Three tiled images of the exterior of The Temple Bar, a man playing the guitar and a pint of Guinness

Cheapest Bars / Drinks Offers in Dublin

For cheap drinks in Dublin, you won’t be disappointed in Dicey’s. At just €2 a drink (including pints and bottles) on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and only €1.50 for a premium spirit and mixer on Wednesdays – Dicey’s prices truly can’t be beaten. There’s even a BBQ in the beer garden from 10pm, where all items are just €2. That hot dog never tasted so good…

Just out of Temple Bar on William Street South, lies the pool hall with a difference, The Hideout. Offering tasty pizzas, American and British pool (€12/hour), table tennis and a retro style games arcade, it’s a stag do playground. But here’s the best bit… the huge fridges peppered around the pool hall aren’t just for show – they’re to chill your BYO drinks. At only €5 corkage per person, you’ll save a packet on getting the rounds in.

Five tiled images of different bars in Dublin, including The Hideout, Dicey's and Krystle

Entry fees into bars in Dublin can be steep, but picking the right bars on the right nights can save you a few quid. Tuesdays in Copper Face Jack’s, Wednesdays in Opium Rooms and Thursdays in Dtwo will cost you €5 instead of €8. Every little helps…

Although Temple Bar has a reputation of being pricey, not all venues will have you paying through the nose. Welcoming stag parties with open arms, The Porterhouse Central is a cracking place to party – and even has a selected ‘beer of the day’ which will only cost you €4. Cheers to that.

Four tiled images of the interiors of Porterhouse and a glass with Porterhouse written on

Cheap / Free Stuff in Dublin

Dublin’s beloved Whelan’s is one of Ireland’s most famous live music venues – so much so, it’s been used as a set for films, and has seen huge names such as Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys and The Cribs perform on its stage. But, the best bit about Whelan’s is the price of its music and comedy gigs – with many costing less than €10, and some even free.

Five tiled images of different bars in Dublin including Whelan's where live music is played

We can’t forget the wealth of picturesque streets, walks and parks, art galleries and museums in Dublin, which offer completely free entry. Not your conventional stag do activities, but nothing sweats out a hangover like a spot of culture. We recommend doing a free walking tour (one departs from Barnardo Square, City Hall at regular intervals every day of the week) or downloading a free walking tour podcast to your phone and guiding yourself around the city - with a few much needed pit stops in bars along the way, of course.

Cheapest Ways to Get Around

There are 450 bikes across 40 locations in the city, on the Dublinbike scheme, and the trick is to rent it and return it within 30 minutes – which won’t cost you a penny. If you need it for longer, dock your bike before 30 minutes, release another bike and off you go. Paying for transport? On ya bike…

Four tiled images of different forms of transport in Dublin city centre

There’s also an extensive tram system running throughout the city (LUAS), where an adult single will never cost you more than €2.35 off peak, or €3.30 during peak times – which covers up to eight zones – and is considerably cheaper than a taxi.

Cheapest Package

We offer lots of Dublin stag party packages, with our cheapest, Night on the Town, starting at only £50pp. This package includes a three course meal in the smart, modern Milano restaurant and two drinks each, as well as a guided bar crawl around the city – visiting up to five bars and ending in one epic club. Another of our cheapest packages, Partying to a Tee, will set you back a mere £59, and includes an 18-hole round of footgolf, an hour’s party bus rental with some bubbly on arrival, and entry into the renowned Dtwo bar, garden and club. For budget stag do packages, you can’t go wrong with these two…

Five tiled images men playing footgolf, pizzas being served in Milano and a bartender pouring a drink

Cheapest Flights

If you book early enough, and are prepared to be flexible with travelling times, you can bag yourself bargain flights – saving extra cash for those all-important drinks rounds. Check out our flight finder to see which airlines fly to and from Dublin at the best prices – and don’t delay, cheap flights are snapped up quick.

Hopefully reading this has made you realise that a stag do in Dublin doesn’t have to cost the earth – so why not take a look at our stag weekends in Dublin, to see what we can offer your group.

*We’re top cheapskates, who know everything there is to know about doing Dublin on a budget, and all information and prices were right at the time of publication. Probably.