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Baggot Street to George Street Stag Do Guide - Dublin

Stag Nightlife Guide to Dublin's Baggot Street to George Street

Top Reasons to Visit Baggot Street to George Street
Bars - This area is dedicated to boozing (on equal footing with the Temple Bar), with pubs around every corner
Restaurants - The restaurants here are the swankiest in the city, attracting big names and even owned by those celebrities
Music - You may be away from the Temple Bar, but you’d be hard pushed to find a bar without live music
Shopping - This is where you’ll get those ginger/green/leprechaun souvenirs for the missus
Art - As this city’s epicentre for retail and art, this area has bags of charm and attractions to visit whilst curing the hangover

This nightlife district holds more bars, pubs and clubs than even the Temple Bar. Although, it might be bigger, it’s a whole load more upmarket.

This area includes the big dogs, Grafton and Dawson Street, as well as George and Baggot Street, often thought of as the centre of the city. Aside from the Temple Bar, they are the most popular ‘strips’ in the Irish Capital - especially for shopping and food. They boast a huge amount of stores and souvenir shops for the stick on ginger beards, chocolate shamrocks and leprechaun fridge magnets. Along with that, these streets have enough Guinness, craft beer and hen groups to keep you occupied for four weeks, let alone 48 hours.

Top 10 Stag Do Pubs in Baggot Street to George Street

The largest nightlife district in the city needs no introduction, hosting huge bar nights, A-list celebs and even better pubs.

Black numbered points of bars on a grey map of Baggot Street to George Street in Dublin

01. Toners

www.tonerspub.ie

139 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2

People sat in the beer garden of Toners, during the day

Toners is one of the oldest and most recognisable pubs in Dublin. Add to that, the multiple awards – including Dublin Bar of the Year in 2015 and Snug of the Year – and there’s no wonder this place attracts celebrities. Speaking of celebs, pick the right weekend and you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the entire Anchorman cast, Mumford & Sons – who performed on stage – and even Shaggy… As the venue is so old, established around 1818, the interior is super traditional; brass bar taps and flagstone floors. However, the pints haven’t changed much and the Guinness is still some of the finest in Ireland. You can even take it out into the massive beer garden (Dublin weather permitting), regularly topping the best outdoor terrace lists in the city.

  • No. of Bars: Two
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 10:30 – 00:30, Sun: 11:30 – 23:30

02. O'Donoghue's

www.odonoghues.ie/bar

15 Merrion Row, Dublin 2

A group of people sat in the beer garden at O'Donoghue's, with others in the background

A stag do in O’Donoghue’s will stay with you for life. O’Donoghue’s is busy at all times, with a long and loyal following of local punters. These followers come for the impressive live music, widely regarded around the capital. O’Donoghue’s has long been associated with music; The Dubliners, thought of as the forefathers of Irish folk music, started their epic careers here. Others who have performed sets at the pub have their framed pictures on the wall, placed alongside a large selection of historical music memorabilia. The history flows through the bar, side by side with Guinness, and you can experience that live music every day of the week.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 10:00 – 01:00, Sun: 11:00 – 00:00

03. Lillie's Bordello

lilliesbordello.ie

1-2, Adam Court, Grafton Street, Dublin 2

A bar at Lillie's Bordello

Lillie is the kind of woman you want on your stag do. In fact, she’s the woman you want for marriage… Lillie’s Bordello is widely renowned as the most exclusive bar/club in the city, located just off the trendy Grafton Street. There’s no beating around the bush, Lillie is high maintenance - featuring sleek interiors, VIP areas, deep red booths and gorgeous crowds. However, she’s worth it. You’ll be rubbing shoulders with Ireland’s finest, even world-famous A-listers such as Rihanna… If she’s not there, you’ve got the massive selection of the world’s finest whiskies to keep you company.

  • No. of Bars: Three
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: No
  • Live Music: DJs
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sun: 11:00 – 03:00

04. Foley's

www.foleys.ie

1 Merrion Row, Dublin 2

The interior of Foley's bar, Dublin

Foley’s is three floors of traditional Irish craic. You’d expect nothing less with a name like Foley’s… Spread over three spectacular floors to while away the stag weekend hours, there are four different areas for your group. The Kitchen serves up the tastiest Irish grub and Reilly’s Bar is just as authentic, with live music sessions ‘til late. The Hub is packed full of sports fans, day and night, with state-of-the-art giant screens over two floors – displaying rugby, GAA, football, you name it. The Loft at Foley’s is an altogether new inspiration, an exciting room for musicians and artists to showcase their talent. All of these areas have several factors in common; Guinness, music and craic.

  • No. of Bars: Three
  • Sports: Yes
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: Tasteful
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 12:00 – 02:00, Sun: 12:00 – 00:00

05. Sinnotts Bar

sinnotts.ie

South King Street, Dublin 2

The main bar at Sinnotts Bar

Sinnotts is si-nnott just any bar, it’s a sports bar. In fact, it’s the premier venue for watching sports on your Dublin stag weekend. You can’t move when there’s a match on – especially if they’re showing the GAA on one of the 14 screens around the pub. The traditional-style bar is set directly under St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre and, due to that, draws in big crowds at all time. It serves top quality pints, famous carvery lunches and craic, along with a mixed bag of tourists and locals.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: Yes
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: Yes
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 10:00 – 02:30, Sun: 12:30 – 23:00

06. The Hairy Lemon

thehairylemon.ie

42 Lower Stephen Street, Dublin 2

Exterior of The Hairy Lemon

The Hairy Lemon is as eclectic as its name. So named after one of the city’s greatest characters; a dog walker from the 50s, with a face shaped like a lemon and stubbly, gooseberry like hair… It’s not just the name, as the 19th century house it resides in is also unique, renowned for its quirky interiors. The walls are bursting with memorabilia, and you’ve got ‘Grannies Kitchen’, High Nellies and an upstairs function room to explore on your stag do. These rooms are so fantastic, they’ve even been used for several scenes in the Block Buster film, The Commitments.

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: Yes
  • Beer Garden: Yes
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: Yes
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 10:00 – 02:30, Sun: 12:30 – 23:00

07. 37 Dawson Street

37dawsonstreet.ie

37 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

37 Dawson Street engraved hip flasks on a table

This is not just any Dublin bar, this is 37 Dawson Street. It’s the James Bond of the already very gentlemanly street, serving men in suits and women in short dresses (hen groups…). This late-night venue is sleek and contemporary, in that it has the necessary speakeasy vibe for a 21st century bar. Just past the crowds and premium spirits (for the stag, not you, Dave…), they’ve got a fringed whiskey bar at the back. This bar has a hand-picked list of 37 different whiskies to choose from, all served in cut glass and under the guidance of an expert in the liquid nectar. We’ll see you there.

  • No. of Bars: Two
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: Outdoor terrace
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Late Tuesday – Sunday

08. Kehoe's

www.louisfitzgerald.com/kehoes

9 South Anne Street, Dublin 2

Exterior of Kehoe's during the day

Kehoe’s is relatively untouched by Dublin’s tourists. As one of the most unspoilt pubs in The Emerald Isle, it started life in the 1800s and still retains that old charm (with the addition of a few licks of paint…). Kehoe’s oozes tradition through every nook and cranny (literally), once a Victorian grocers. The Grocery Bar boasts a low shop counter and ancient drawers, where tea, coffee and rice were once stored. Thankfully, those essentials have been replaced with stout, namely Guinness. Folks travel from far and wide to sample the Guinness, often described as the finest in Dublin, and soak up the authentic vibe in one of the many snugs. You couldn’t find a better place to cure the hangover and rest (read: sleep by the fire), before a night out in Dublin, if you had two weeks, let alone two days.

  • No. of Bars: Two
  • Sports: On occasion
  • Beer Garden: No
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 11:00 – 00:30, Sun: 12:30 – 23:00

09. The Long Hall

www.dublintown.ie/the-long-hall

51 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2

The main bar at The Long Hall

Dublin may boast the youngest population in Europe, but it’s got some old pubs… The Long Hall is a special venue in the ‘over 25s’ category, sitting pretty at the ripe old age of 251. The pub has been licensed since 1766 and is still as traditional as it was on ‘launch night’, in the 18th century. This place is dedicated to its Victorian past; the walls feature engravings of the dealings of the Russian Emperor Paul I with the Polish patriot, Kosiusko. You’ll feel like an extra in Sherlock Holmes (especially after a few pints), sitting next to the clocks, antiques and Victorian wood-panelling. The carpet is enough to take you back to the good old days (you won’t even stick to it…). Bruce Springsteen also pops in from time to time, and if that doesn’t persuade you…

  • No. of Bars: One
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: No
  • Live Music: No
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 12:00 – 00:30, Sun: 12:30 – 23:00

10. Café en Seine

cafeenseine.ie

40 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

The bar and seating area at Café en Seine

Jameson’s former Bar of the Year (high praise indeed) has enough history to make even your Father-in-Law red under the collar. This building is part of Dublin foundations; once a dressmakers, surgery, brothel and then home of the Irish government (we’re saying nothing). A six foot tall Amazonian woman, thought to be the inspiration behind the Statue of Liberty, was also said to be kept here as a French prisoner of war in 1798. The interior reflects its rich history (not the brothel bit), and is styled on turn-of-the-century France. They’ve got a Louis XIV bust, a grand piano (Dave, sit down…) and a French hotel lift running through the building. Thankfully, the drinks have been updated, with a massive selection of craft beers on tap.

  • No. of Bars: Two
  • Sports: No
  • Beer Garden: No
  • Live Music: Yes
  • Fancy Dress: No
  • Happy Hours: No
  • Opening Times: Fri – Sat: 12:00 – 03:00, Sun: 12:00 – 23:00
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