The more the merrier, but also the harder it is to find a venue for your party, especially this time of the year. Planning ahead and booking early is crucial, but so is choosing a place that is used and well-equipped to successfully handle medium and large groups.
The list below gathers 20 great bars in Dublin for groups and parties. They are spacious, responsive and well acquainted with bookings for parties and special occasions.
Café en Seine
This Dawson Street favourite made a great comeback last year and it’s looking better than ever after a €4 million investment (I mean, who wouldn’t?). Embrace its Francophile vibes and try some of their beautiful cocktails, or arrive for dinner and indulge in their tempting dishes of continental inspiration.
Where: 40 Dawson Street.
More info: cafeenseine.ie
A stylish bar in the heart of the city just off Grafton Street, Hyde offers a contemporary Asian cuisine, carefully crafted by Karl Whelan. Unique signature cocktails are on the menu, plus an extensive wine list, so there’s something for everyone. With delicious canapés on offer, you’ll certainly be impressed.
Where: 9 Lemon Street, Dublin 2
More info: hyde-dublin.com
This recently opened venue features a cafe-bar area on the ground floor and a dedicated space for private events in the basement.
The Well partnered with the Dublin Pizza Company to offer wood fired pizzas, along with a wide selection of cocktails, craft beers, and wines.
Where: 130 – 133 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
More info: thewelldublin.ie
With over 200 beers from around the world and its own in-house microbrewery, this venue is a craft beer lover’s must visit. Located within a restored 200-year-old vaulted building on Custom House Quay, it also is a striking setting for a celebration.
While beer is their forte, they have a good selection of wines and spirits and their tapas and small plates are seriously good.
Where: Vault C, CHQ Building, Custom House Quay.
More info: urbanbrewing.ie
57 The Headline
This gastropub will please beer enthusiasts as well as lovers of Irish gin and spirits. For groups of up to 10, you can book an area on their ground floor, but if you have a larger party, they can also accommodate you upstairs where you’ll find an appealing G&T station.
Where: 56-57 Clanbrassil Street Lower, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8.
More info: 57theheadline.com
Pizza and a pint? Yes, please. This casual bar has a DJ in on Fridays and Saturdays to help you get the party started, and it features several areas that work well for medium-sized groups, and they can also take bigger bookings for up to 200 people. Great for birthday parties or work nights out.
Where: 31 Wexford St, Portobello, Dublin 2.
More info: thejar.ie
This venue has become a staple of Dublin’s nightlife. Their mix of NYC and Italian influences and their spacious, glamorous surroundings are just ideal for any stage of your night out: arrive early for dinner and a glass of wine, or come later and stay for dancing. You know what? You can even have your party here start to finish, all in one place.Where: 64 South Great George’s Street
More info: nolita.ie
Farrier & Draper
This elegant venue has a variety of beautiful spaces to choose from depending on your event’s requirements and size. They offer different packages for private or corporate celebrations and some of their areas have fully private bars to wow your guests.
Where: Unit 1, 24, 24a, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, 59 William St.
More info: farrieranddraper.ie
Keeping with the art deco charms, this stylish and award-wining cocktail bar offers both great service and fine cocktails. Thanks to their partnership with chef Jules Mak, they also offer an exciting food menu of Asian inspiration. If booking forgroups, you’ll be delighted to know they have a dedicated and experienced reservation team to handle all queries.
Where: Centenary House, Anne’s Ln, Anne St S, Dublin.
More info: zozimusbar.ie
Fade Street Social
Fade Street Social Restaurant by Dylan McGrath is a one stop shop for your night out. You’ll find delicious tapas and an appealing food menu, as well as a carefully designed cocktail menu. While their interior is wide and comfortable, they also have a lovely heated terrace, ideal for the autumn and winter seasons.
More info: fadestreetsocial.com
The Market Bar
This laid back and lively venue has plenty of space, and several different connected areas to help you choose the ideal place for your evening. At the large, open Market Bar restaurant, you’ll find delicious tapas and great atmosphere. Expect a consice but well-thought-out selection of wines, beers and cocktails.
Where: 14A Fade St, Dublin
More info: marketbar.ie
4 Dame Lane
This late night bar is great for parties. Whether you take over an area downstairs at the bar with your crowd or book a part of their newly renovated loft upstairs (or the whole loft, which has a capacity of up to 250 people), you’ll find a vibrant venue with great music to dance until the wee hours (DJs every Friday and Saturday).
More info: http://4damelane.ie/
Lemon & Duke
Conveniently located, this versatile spot it is a great for lunch, brunch, dinner or drinks. They’re well used to taking group bookings and making crowds feel welcome and have several areas that suit different party sizes, as well as packages to make your life easy and delight your guests.
Where: 1 Royal Hibernian Way, Duke Lane Upper.
More info: lemonandduke.ie
Come for the food, stay for the cocktails… Stay even later for the music and the great craic. This is another great example of a place that can sort your whole night from start to finish, as the evening evolves from dinner time to party mode. They offer a set three course dinner menu for groups, and for late birds, you can also just book a space for late night drinks between 5pm and close on a Wednesday or Thursday and from 11:30pm to 12:30am on a Friday & Saturday.
Where: 17 Aungier St, Dublin.
More info: https://bowlane.ie/social
If you fancy something a little different, this arcade pub is one to put on your radar. Indulge in a night of video games and drinks, and treat yourself to some of their very tasty street food. For bookings between 4 to 10 people you can just do it online, but for larger parties (they have capacity for up to 300), you can contact them via a form.
Where: 72-74 Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7.
More info: tokendublin.ie
Vintage Cocktail Club
This is one of the most atmospheric bars in Dublin, inspired in the golden age of speakeasies, its Great Gatsby vibes are just the beginning: it features a delectable sharing and finger food menu and an extensive cocktail menu with classics from different eras and some original creations. It is ideal for medium sized groups, strictly over 23s.
Where: 15 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
More info: vintagecocktailclub.com.
The Bridge 1859
This pub is both comfortable and friendly. Their party food selection is mouth-watering and they do a great pint. Let your guests try their unique tank beer Tankovna or try some of the cocktails from their appetising drinks menu. They have two private rooms which hold up to 70 people each, as well as plenty of smaller areas for parties downstairs.
Where: 13 Ballsbridge Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
More info: thebridge1859.ie
Formerly Judge Roy Beans & Porterhouse Central, Tapped are the only bar with a Grafton Street entrance. The new bar will have one of the highest number of taps on site in Ireland, boasting over 50 and aims to wow patrons with its standout new design. Alongside quirky additions like your favourite cocktails on tap, the new bar has also partnered with Dublin Pizza Company to conquer the food offering and will regularly host some of Dublin’s best DJ’s. This newcomer is surely one of the newest great bars for groups in Dublin.
Where: Grafton Street, Dublin 2
More info: www.tappeddublin.com
Nancy Hands is a traditional Irish pub and restaurant that caters to a range of party sizes, whether you’re looking to hire a room for private dining or their function room for a slightly larger party. Cosy pub grub is always up for grabs, but you’ll also find quintessential Irish dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, alongside an array of modern international dishes, perfectly paired with a drink from their extensive menu.
Where: 30-32 Parkgate St, Stoneybatter, Dublin 8
More info: https://www.nancyhands.ie/
A stylish bar opposite the Harcourt Luas stop, serving tasty cocktails inside their unique venue, The Odeon is a great bar for groups in Dublin. You can book anything from a la carte lunches, to set menus and platters. With their Terrace Bar, Cocktail Bar, Bourbon bar and VIP Library all available to book, you can delight in their recently refurbished chic venues, embodying a cool French/New York atmosphere.
Where: 57 Old Harcourt Street Railway Station, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
More info: https://odeon.ie/
Hole in the Wall
The longest pub in Europe…. and one of the most Christmassy locations in all of Dublin! The Hole in the Wall pub is located near the Phoenix Park, and if you’re looking to book your group here, their Mezzanine holds up to 30-40 guests, with waiters allocated specially for your festivities. They allocate spaces for smaller parties too, so no matter the size, head here for what’s sure to be a memorable visit. Enjoy a special menu of pub grub classics with a twist!
Where: 345-347 Blackhorse Ave, Phoenix Park, Dublin 7
More info: https://holeinthewallpub.com/