Boasting a hefty deluge of pubs, bars and nightclubs – this star-spangled city truly comes alive as night falls. Centred around the legendary Temple Bar drinking district – Dublin’s nightlife is all about live folk music, whiskey on the rocks and gallons of Guinness. Situated on the south banks of the River Liffey, Temple Bar should be the first stop for any stag party – it’s one of the most vibrant, tourist friendly hotspots in the city, filled with traditional, old-school pubs, authentic bars, and hearty Irish venues.
You’ve also got Grafton Street through to George Street – much more upmarket and high-end than Temple Bar, and Camden, Wexford and Harbourt Street, drinking areas known for their edgy, alternative hipster vibe. If you head north of the Liffey, you’ll come to the more peaceful, quaint and long-established haunts, where you can sink a pint of Guinness (or ten) like a real Irishman.
Need to know more? Our detailed insider’s guide to Dublin nightlife will tell you everything you need to know about the drinking districts in The Fair City.
Dublin is the home of the world’s most famous stout – Guinness. Any trip to the capital must involve delving into one of the most successful worldwide brands, with a trip to the Guinness Factory. During your brewery visit, you will get to grips with the brewing process, see the world’s largest pint glass and even pull your own pint of the good stuff, before heading to the Gravity Bar at the top to enjoy its panoramic views.
Irish whiskey was one of the earliest distilled drinks in Europe – and there’s no better time to celebrate its nine century heritage than on your stag do in Dublin. You certainly won’t regret taking a trip to the former fabric warehouse, The Rag Trader – where you can learn about the malt’s history and taste five fermented grain whiskeys.
From ceili dances, to traditional folk music, to loud and proud river dance – no night out in Dublin is complete without some live music and a good old - Guinness-fuelled - knees up. It is impossible to come across a bar or pub that doesn’t have fiddles, banjos and guitars being played at a cheery Irish tempo.
We can’t go any further without mentioning the iconic Wall of Fame, a tribute to the Rock ‘n’ Roll stars of Ireland. Only the biggest and best of Irish music royalty make it to the bright red wall within Temple Bar – think U2, Phil Lynott and Christy Moore.
Any rugby mad stag will know that this sport is an Irish institution. Home to the International team, Dublin also boasts one of the most successful club rugby teams, Leinster. The raw atmosphere on any match day in Dublin is out of this world; whether you’re watching a Six Nations game in the spectacular Aviva Stadium, or catching a Leinster game in an authentic Irish pub.
All hail the Boo Boys. Coming a close second, football is one of the most widely played games in the whole of Ireland. We offer tickets to see the oldest and third most successful League of Ireland club, the mighty Bohemian FC, showcase their high-class tekkers – and, with Samuel L. Jackson among their fan base, you’ll certainly be in good company.
The third largest stadium in Europe, Dublin’s Croke Park, is definitely worth a visit amidst your Dublin celebrations. Home to the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) you can take a tour around the stadium and museum, exploring the arena’s 100 years of Gaelic gaming history. And, if you’re feeling particularly energetic, you can even take part in a spot of Gaelic Games, including Gaelic football, handball and hurling – and a great way to sweat out that Guinness.
Aside from the Guinness Storehouse, there are plenty of touristy things to see and do in the city – including the famous Jameson Distillery, Kilmainham Gaol, where many of Ireland's political prisoners were incarcerated, tortured and executed, The National Museum of Ireland and even St Patrick’s Cathedral (turns out Paddy isn’t just about foam hats and ginger beards after all…)
St Patrick's Day
Speaking of our favourite Saint, there is no better time to paint the town green than St Patrick’s Day in Dublin. Amidst all the litres of Guinness, leprechauns, shamrocks, public parades, funfairs, ceilis and flowing green rivers (yeah, that’s a thing) – there’s some serious drinking to be done. Come the 17th March, why would you celebrate your stag do anywhere else?
Banter, laughter, craic. By the absolute bucket load. Nowhere does it bigger or better than Dublin.
Apart from distillery tours, Gaelic sports and bar crawls, the fast-paced, adrenaline-fuelled activities in Dublin come thick and fast. From indoor karting, Grand Prix style, to outdoor laser tag in 200 acres of woodland, to the notorious wet and wild challenge – with assault courses, zipline challenges and zorbing – you’ll never have a dull moment in Dublin.
With a lot of tourist attractions and sightseeing opportunities getting in the way of your drinking time – you could even combine the two, with a sightbeering tour around the city – stopping off at some of Dublin’s finest watering holes.
After all those whiskey chasers and pints of Guinness, the chances are you won’t even remember where you spent the night. But, just in case you do – we’ve got a huge range of epic hostels, apartments and hotels in Dublin. Set through eight Georgian buildings, our personal favourite, Harcourt Hotel is home to the fantastic ‘1900’ restaurant, Dtwo bar and nightclub and even an award winning beer garden.
The city boasts excellent transport links to and from the centre (see our Flight Finder for more flight info), with a well-connected international airport, as well as reliable trams, metros, buses and taxis once you’re there. Although, when staying at one of our centrally located hotels, most of the things you’ll need will be well within walking (or stumbling) distance.
Temple Bar is notoriously pricey, with your average pint setting you back around €6.50 – but, totally worth it; this atmosphere is like nowhere else on Earth. If you’re a bit of a savvy traveller, you’ll be able to pick and choose the right pubs and bars for a night out that’s kinder on the wallet.
To build your own bespoke Dublin stag party package, or check out some of our pre-made packages with cracking accommodation, awesome activities and nightlife to boot – check out our Dublin stag do page.