Best Bars

Temple Bar’s edgy, alternative cousins, Camden, Harcourt and Wexford, are the bones of an ever-growing nightlife district.

This area boasts tonnes of stag-friendly bars, pubs and clubs, all well within walking distance (luckily for you). If you love your live music, alternative venues and a good bit o’ craic (and don’t want to pay Temple Bar prices), a visit to this trendy trio is a must on your Dublin stag do.

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1. Whelan's

25 Wexford St, Dublin 2, D02 H527

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

Dating back to 1772, Whelan’s is a Dublin institution.

Located directly on the famous ‘Camden Mile’ stretch of bars, Whelan’s is one of Dublin’s most famous live music venues (which is saying something), having seen the likes of Jeff Buckley, Arctic Monkeys, The Cribs, Noah and the Whale, Nick Cave, Bloc Party, Kate Nash, Lisa Hannigan and Damien Rice perform. Boasting a seating capacity of 400, it’s pretty big for a pub, but retains the intimate charm of a small concert venue that keeps bringing people back for more. On a cooler day or evening, there’s nothing nicer than a Guinness or whiskey by that roaring fire…

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2. Flannerys

6-8 Camden Street Lower, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 2

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

Beyond the quaint and iconic façade, lies Flannery’s drinking den.

More than just a Dublin institution, Flannery’s is pretty much a Dublin stag do rite of passage – consistently living up to (and excelling) the reputation which precedes it. Each and every night, hordes of people – visitors and locals alike - flock to Flannery’s for its excellent craft beer selection, fantastic live music and some of the best craic in Ireland. With traditional Irish music on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and live bands every Monday, Friday and Saturday – if you don’t leave with an Irish jig in your step, we’ll eat our (bright green, shamrock encrusted) hats. There’s also the in-house Vintage Bar where you can sample the very best in whiskeys from around the world. You can even catch all 13 weeks of the NFL season, direct from the USA, on some of the biggest screens you’ll have ever clapped eyes upon.

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3. The Bleeding Horse

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

You can lead a bleeding horse to water, and he can even pull his own pints.

Dating back to the 17th century, this traditional pub on Upper Camden Street has a whole lot of history to its name – it was even named in Ulysses – so, it’s kind of a big deal. Offering a cracking range of beers on tap, bottled and specialist rotational ales - including our personal faves, Whiplash Session IPA, Kentucky Common Brown Ale and O'Hara's Double IPA (7.5% abv) - it’s a beer lover’s dream. Generally attracting an after work crowd through the week, the pub transforms into a high-end late night bar from Thursdays to Saturdays – where you can even pull your own pints. The exposed timber, high ceilings and majestic minstrel gallery could fool you into thinking you’re in a medieval banqueting hall (especially after a few pints…).

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4. The Bernard Shaw

11-12 South Richmond Street, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 2

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

Speaking of hipsters, meet Bernard Shaw.

Fast to become your adopted mate, Bernard is hipster personified – and there’s a massive party at his joint. If you didn’t know better, we’d forgive you for thinking you were in London’s Shoreditch when partying here. Located in a quirky and seriously old building, Bernard Shaw is a jack of all trades – not only is it a popular bar, but also has a pool table and recreational area, and even hosts flea markets and trendy food stalls. The boho spot has an extensive outdoor terrace and beer garden – ideal for cask ales and craft beer in the sun. We’ll see you there.

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5. The Odeon Bar & Grill

Old Railway Station , 57 Harcourt Street, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 2, D02 VE22

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

Cast your popcorn and 3D glasses aside, this is no ordinary Odeon.

Located in the former Harcourt Street Railway, this recently revamped bar promises good food and drink in decadent surroundings – and it’s not one to go back on its word. This grand, Grade I listed building boasts high ceilings, plush décor and a massive, central bar – fully stocked with everything from craft beers and real ales, to intoxicating cocktails created by expert mixologists. There’s also the upstairs Bourbon Bar – shrouded in boudoir-esque Gentleman’s club luxury, with top class DJs - and even an outdoor barbecue area for those balmy Dublin days. Whether you’re the stag’s younger brother, his best mate or even his Father-in-Law, Odeon is a real crowd pleaser.

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6. Dtwo

60 Harcourt Street, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 2, D02 P902

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

Fancy dress? Tick. Beautiful women? Tick. Dtwo? Tick. This club is a stag do essential.

Located within the Harcourt Hotel, you’ve seen nothing like Dtwo. Open from 11pm ‘til late, Dtwo is an ideal spot to sink a pint, or Dfour, or Dfive… The two floor club welcomes stag groups with open arms, and boasts a huge all-weather ‘backyard BBQ’ with 20 screens (including a 20ft beast of a screen), where you can catch all the action of live sport. Should you need to line those stomachs in style, the outdoor ‘man den’ even has its own takeaway (don’t lie, you’re impressed).

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7. CopperFace Jack's

29-30 Harcourt Street, Saint Kevin's, Dublin, D02 XV58

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

Open ‘til way past your bedtime every night of the week, Copperface Jack’s joint ticks all those stag do boxes.

Copper’s, as it’s affectionately known, is made up of a main bar and dancefloor, a basement bar illuminated by neon lights (guiding the way when you’ve had too many – cheers to that), as well as a fully heated and covered beer garden, mews bar and residence bar. It attracts a large amount of the student population, and is therefore home to some of the best drinks offers in the city – saving you more than just coppers…

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8. Dicey's Garden

21-25 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 2, D02 YF24

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

Roll your dice, and experience the luck of the Irish on your stag do.

Step into the magical world of Dicey’s; located within Russell Court Hotel, this is undisputedly the most popular venue this side of town. Offering one of the biggest and best beer gardens in Dublin, when the sun peeps through those clouds, everyone flocks to Dicey’s – so don’t expect a quiet pint. There’ll be epic nightly DJs and incredible drinks offers (as cheap as €2.50 a drink), as well as a right old mixture of clientele. But, don’t worry if the weather isn’t on your side – the premier in-house nightclub, Krystle, is a welcoming refuge with leather seating, two large bars and the very best in house and R’n’B.

After reading this, we can only assume you've already got your Euros and packed your bags... so make sure you check out our stag weekends page to see what else we can offer you in this glorious city.

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