Dublin Food Guide: 10 Restaurants And Bars To Eat & Drink

These restaurants and bars guarantee a good time and a delicious meal, so you can eat and drink in Dublin, completely drenched in pure joy.

When it comes to eating and drinking fabulously in Dublin, the options are fortunately endless. Pubs exude vivacious energy with live traditional Irish music that permeates beyond street corners, while a wide array of restaurants span from modern Irish cuisine to savory comfort food that have been passed down for generations. Here are some of our favorite restaurants and bars to eat and drink in Dublin.

 

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The Cobblestone

77 King St N, Smithfield, Dublin, D07 TP22, Ireland

Many would agree that The Cobblestone is one of the best pubs for live traditional Irish music in Dublin. Sit back with a pint of Guinness and watch the owner play away with his brothers, nephew and a circle of other musicians. For five generations, the Mulligan family have been performing Irish music. There’s a cappella, lively tunes produced by fiddles, concertinas, Uilleann pipes, flutes and more. The sessions are casual, familial. Nothing fancy but with enormous heart.

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Note Dublin

26 Fenian St, Dublin, D02 FX09, Ireland

Owned by three friends: Andy Collins and brothers Acky and Essa Fakhry (chef,) Note is one of the hottest restaurants in town. Its concept of a new typology, integrating bistro and wine bar results in style and sophistication. The interior décor is minimal, with seating available at the bar. The menu features Irish beef products and influenced by Italian delights. Start your meal with the Focaccia Arbequina Olive Oil, then advance onto Crab Crumpet with Sea Urchin Espuma. For main courses, we loved Gnochi Basil Pesto, Monkfish with White Asparagus and the Pork Tenderloin with Broad Beans. Reservation is highly recommended.

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Devitts Pub

78 Camden Street Lower, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 2, D02 C642, Ireland

Another hugely popular pub with live traditional Irish music is Devitt’s of Camden Street, where performers are on stage seven nights a week, starting at 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Grab a pint of Hop House, and find yourself surrounded by both locals and travelers, singing along to popular songs from the past. Dinner is also available at the pub, but make sure to put on your dancing shoes. At any moment throughout the sessions, happy crowds can break out and bust out moves.

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Spitafields

25 The Coombe, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8, D08 YV07, Ireland

Famous for its Cock-a-Leekie Pie (meant to be shared for two,) Spitafields has made its mark with a fascinating menu that spans from Càis Na Tire Fondue, Aged Balsamic & Truffle Toast to Beef Cheeks & Ox Tail Parker House Roll and Bone Marrow Gravy. The pie is gloriously hearty, a glamorous comfort food perfect for Dublin’s constant rain. Chef Stephen McAllister and his wife Andrea Hussey are the team behind this renowned restaurant, housed in a former traditional Irish pub. Reservation is recommended.

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The Old Storehouse Bar and Restaurant

3 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 CX67, Ireland

Right in the smack middle of Temple Bar, The Old Storehouse is a larger venue that welcomes lively visitors ready for the night to start and end at the same pub. It encompasses three bars: a main bar, O’Flaherty’s, and Tommy’s Snug Bar. Traditional Irish music starts at 3 p.m. everyday, hence it’s better to also have dinner there since the food at The Old Storehouse is hearty and delicious. Especially the Fish & Chips. Grab a pint of Smithwicks Red Ale and enjoy brilliant artists that can even medley and mashup a slew of contemporary favorites. From country to pop.

Darkey Kelly’s

19 Fishamble St, Christchurch Pl, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, D08 PD8W, Ireland

Part of the Harding Hotel is Darkey Kellys pub, its morbid name derives from a serial killer in 1750s – Dorcas “Darkey” Kelly – a madam at the Maiden Tower. Just like others mentioned on this list, traditional Irish music is played seven nights a week at Darkey Kellys where musicians perform Irish classic tunes igniting patriotism, or contemporary chart toppers like The Cranberries. Grab a pint of Beamish Draught Irish Stout and find your way through the friendly crowd, ready to jiggy and mingle.

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Bunsen Burger

Multiple locations

The best burger chain in Ireland has to be Bunsen Burger, with its ingredients freshly handmade every morning. The meat is from FX Buckley’s Black Aberdeen Angus, while the buns are produced by the baker’s bakery in Tallaght – a suburb in the Dublin Mountains. The menu is simple: Hamburger, Double, Cheeseburger, Double. Despite the few options, each is juicy, savory and satisfying. Throw in the shoestring or sweet potato fries with your order, this is the perfect quick bite.

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The Millstone Restaurant

39 Dame St, Dublin, D02 VX43, Ireland

Right on the bustling Dame Street is Millstone Restaurant that might appear to be touristic, but the favored restaurant’s food is both Irish and luscious. It specializes in meats, especially the steaks that come in seven different cuts of meat on the menu. The Slow Roasted Wicklow Lamb Shank might be the star, the meat is cooked so divinely that it falls right off the bone and melts in the mouth like butter. The restaurant also offers a separate coeliac menu as well as vegan options.

The Church Café Bar

Jervis St, North City, Dublin 1, D01 YX64, Ireland

The Church Café is housed in a 17th century former church converted into a beautiful bar and restaurant. Imagine eating and drinking under organ pipes and stained glass windows. Not to mention that in 1761, Arthur Guinness was married here. Visitors can also see burial crypts, Lord Norbury’s final resting place, as well as The Hanging Judge. All the while, devouring a delightful meal featuring Traditional Irish Wicklow Lamb Stew, or Grilled Fillet of Fresh Irish Cod. There’s also traditional Irish live music and dancing every evening starting from 6:30 p.m. Whether you’re sipping on an Irish whiskey or a pint of Guinness, The Church promises a profoundly authentic experience.

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Little Pyg

59 William St S, Dublin 2, D02 E521, Ireland

Ranked as one of the top pizzerias in Europe, Little Pyg is located inside the beautiful Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. Headed by Michelin Maestro Enzo Coccia, this Irish pizza restaurant serves all types, including the classic Margherita, Four Cheese, to specialty options like Spicy Little Pyg for those who crave for a bit of a kick, and the Italian Job which also comes with flavorful pepperoni spicy salame.

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As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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