Atmospheric and Charming – Best Bars for a Date in Dublin
When it comes to picking the right spot to enjoy drinks with a date, great cocktails or a sound wine list are, of course, a must, but also just the beginning.
A venue’s atmosphere is the make-it-or-break-it touch that will ensure a place truly stands out: the right music (or the right silence), lively enough that it’s fun, but quiet enough that you can hear each other, and a team that is able to read the room.
We have listed a dozen bars and venues in Dublin that cover all bases their own way. From glamorous speakeasies, to chic wine bars, great drinks and brilliant atmosphere are the uniting themes.
Peruke & Periwig
Peruke and Periwig is hidden in plain sight, and offers a casual downstairs for pints and chatter, or a more intimate and sophisticated area upstairs, to enjoy award winning cocktails inspired by various music genres.
You can arrive just for drinks, or share some of the enticing bites from their snack menu. There is also a full dinner menu filled with decadent dishes of modern Irish inspiration.
Address: 31 Dawson St, Dublin 2
More info: peruke.ie
The Exchequer Wine Bar Ranelagh
This chic wine bar combines an inviting list of bottles with the joy of authentic Spanish food and tapas. There is also a good selection of cocktails to start or end your evening.
Whether you wish to sit at a table for two in its modern and elegant main area, or to cosy up in their charming terrace, The Exchequer Wine Bar features a setting that invites conversation and sharing.
Address: 19 Ranelagh Rd, Dublin.
More info: theexchequerwinebar.ie
Izakaya Sake Bar
An izakaya is a traditional Japanese bar known for offering drinks and small dishes in a casual setting. Dublin’s take on the concept offers a relaxed and friendly spot where you can sip innovative cocktails with Japanese inspiration, organic wines, Japanese whisky and of course, a variety of sake.
It is a lovely place to go together and try something new. Their ‘Japas’ or Japanese tapas are brilliant for sharing and when working with normal opening hours, the kitchen closes late for snacks.
Address: 12 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
More info: yamamori.ie/izakaya-sake-bar
Dublin’s oldest wine bar is an institution for lovers of a good glass. It ticks all the classic date night boxes: soft light, romantic atmosphere, knowledgeable staff eager to help you pick the perfect wine for your evening from over 350 bottles and 40 options by the glass.
Did we mention both the food and the drinks menu are as French as they come?
Address: 28 Anne St S, Dublin 2
More info: lacavewinebar.com
Fade Street Social
This venue is an icon of Dublin’s food and drinks scene and a versatile destination where you can find a dreamy winter garden with a lovely view, a fantastic cocktail bar and of course, a classic table for two.
While a date night here will be a hit year-round, the team is preparing something special for the most romantic holiday of the year, and between February 11 to 14, you will find a Valentine’s Day Dinner menu to remember. Bookings are already open.
Address: 6 Fade St, Dublin 2
More info: fadestreetsocial.com
Ely Wine Bar
This contemporary wine bar is located in the heart of Dublin’s stunning Georgian Quarter. A pioneer in the local wine scene, it is a venue set to please both the connoisseur as well as the beginner.
Their enthusiastic and helpful team will help you choose (they’ve over 1,200 different wines plus other world-class drinks), and their laid-back yet elegant setting will offer the ideal stage for brilliant drinks together. They also offer cheese and charcuterie boards and both snacks or dinner menus.
Address: 22 Ely Place, Dublin 2
More info: elywinebar.ie
Exchequer Street Wine Cellar at Fallon & Byrne
This wonderful space awaits wine lovers underneath Fallon and Byrne. With over 200 bottles, there is one for each palate. You can enjoy the experience of browsing their shelves and picking up the bottle that excites you, or ask their expert team for a recommendation.
There is a wide selection of cheese and charcuterie to go with it, as well as nibbles, small plates, pizza and pasta.
Address: 11-17 Exchequer St, Dublin 2
More info: fallonandbyrne.com
The Sidecar Bar at The Westbury
This multi-award winning bar radiates vintage glamour. Their cocktail menu merges creativity and innovation with classic flavours and its 30’s decor will transport you to a bubble of elegance and luxury.
Wine lovers and G&T enthusiasts will also find a list of enticing options, and for those with an appetite, there is a food menu designed to wow. Yes, of course they do oysters and Champagne.
Address: The Westbury Hotel, Balfe St, Dublin
More info: doylecollection.com
The Little Pig
This speakeasy has strong Great Gatsby energy. It is sexy and sophisticated, think red velvet, blues and jazzy tunes, dim lights and dark wood interiors.
It is the sister bar of The Blind Pig (another great spot worth a visit), and its cocktail menu is one of Dublin’s finest, packed with unique takes on timeless favourites as well as a few unique inventions.
Address: Glendenning Lane just off Wicklow Street, Dublin 2.
More info: thelittlepig.ie
Sel-defined as ‘staunchly Irish’, Bar 1661 celebrates the country’s drinks, especially Poitín, which stars in a selection of surprising cocktails.
It’s cosy and elegant, and besides the spirit in the spotlight, it features a variety of craft cocktails and beers (both rotating crafts and Guinness) as well as a neat small plates menu and tempting bar snacks.
Address: 1-5 Green St, Rotunda.
More info: bar1661.ie
With several unique spaces, Opium offers a one-stop shop for an evening to remember. Its restaurant area features a delightful selection of Thai and Vietnamese dishes, The Botanical Garden bar offers a magical, leafy escape where summer never ends and its Cocktail Lounge does high end cocktails inspired by the flavours and colours of the East.
Looking to linger longer? Their newly renovated nightclub, ‘Opium Live’ promises a dance floor like no other.
Address: 26 Wexford St, Portobello, Dublin 2
More info: opium.ie
The Virgin Mary
This luxury wellbeing bar is truly a unique spot in the heart of Dublin. An entirely alcohol-free bar with expertly created drinks designed to ‘restore, revive, excite and surprise’.
It is the perfect spot to share a delicious, mindful moment together, with adventurous drinks that are layered and balanced without the need of any ABV. Food-wise, they’ve teamed up with neighbours and Malaysian cuisine specialists Kopitiam, to create a Malaysian Street Food menu to go with their drinks.
Address: 54 Capel St, North City, Dublin 1
More info: thevirginmarybar.com
Author: Gabriela Guedez
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