So, you’ve finally mustered up the courage to ask out that guy you fancy… Or maybe you have a tinder date this weekend with and you’re stuck for a good place to meet them. Whatever the situation, we have this brilliant list of great bars, pubs and clubs to make your awkward first date a little less awkward. We’ve taken a few things into account; atmosphere, location and extras like food, music and board games. You can also check out our Top 10 Restaurants for Tinder Dates.
10. The Living Room – Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin 1
The Living Room is located just off of O’Connell Street. It’s a popular bar with students and is ideal for sitting and having the craic. They sell giant jugs of your favourite cocktails and offer great platters with chicken wings and other snacks if you want to grab some food. It’s a sports bar so it can get a little crazy at times so be careful when you choose to go here! It’s a great experience being there for a match if you don’t mind a crowd. To conveniently book a table at The Living Room click here.
9. Sin É – Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7
The atmosphere at Sin É is really laid back, it’s also a great bar to catch some live music. Sin É is frequented by Dublin’s punks, hippies and everything in between meaning it can be very busy at times so make sure to check out the basement if you’re stuck for a seat on arrival. This is a bit of an alternative pub so it might not be everyone’s cup of tea but if you’re looking for something a little different then this is a great place to grab a pint.
8. The Meeting House – Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Meeting House is an excellent place for drinks, food and live music. You can check out their food and drinks menu here, The Meeting House is also reasonably priced, especially for Temple Bar and there’s a lovely heated beer garden. Book a table online at The Meeting House by clicking here.
7. Wigwam – Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1
Much like its predecessor, The Twisted Pepper, Wigwam is another popular haunt with Dublin’s hipsters. This is probably because of its amazing Rum Emporium where they have over 100 kinds of rum. They also have a great cocktail list and lots of craft beers too if that’s your thing. Wigwam serves food until 10 pm, check out their menu here. Wigwam has a bar and roof terrace as well as a ping pong club that’s on in the basement every day until 10 pm. Occasionally you’ll catch a great club night at Wigwam if you feel like a boogie. Book a table at Wigwam by clicking here.
6. Pygmalion – Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin 2
Pygmalion is perfect if you want to grab a cocktail and a bite to eat, it’s also a great spot for live music. Pyg Saturdays have live music from 6pm and on Sundays, they offer two for one ‘Pygtails’ and 40% of all drinks. Pyg’s nachos and tapas are highly recommended for a mid-date snack. If this sounds good to you, then why not book a table at Pygmalion by clicking here?
5. The Grand Social – Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1
The Grand Social is located on Liffey Street Lower right beside the Ha’Penny bridge, making it a great place to meet. One of the brilliant things about The Grand Social is that you never know what kind of live music you might encounter. It’s a cosy pub during the week which transforms into a club at weekends if you feel like impressing your date with your best dance moves. If you want something a little more chilled out, get there before 6pm on a Saturday and have a mosey around the Ha’Penny flea market which takes place in the pub from 12m-6pm. Here’s a list of all the gigs taking place in The Grand Social if you want to check it out! Click here to book you and your date a table.
4. The Back Page – Phibsborough, Dublin 7
Located in Phibsborough, The Back Page is a sports bar that serves up amazing pizza, seriously, it’s some of the best in Dublin. It’s a favourite amongst Dublin 7 locals so get there good and early to grab a decent seat where you can chill out and chat comfortably with your date. One of the best things about The Back Page is their selection of games. From board games to fooseball, ping-pong to Nintendo, you’ll be spoiled for choice with their selection. Check out the full list here.
3. Cassidy’s – Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2
If you’re looking for somewhere a little more alternative, Cassidy’s on Westmoreland Street is a great choice. If sipping craft beers under a giant Star Wars mural sounds good to you, then this is the perfect spot. They’re always banging out great tunes, especially if you’re into indie, rock or hip-hop. Another awesome thing about Cassidy’s is their selection of board games. There’s nothing like a game of Jenga to break the ice on a first date, just try not to get too competitive! Cassidy’s also serve pizzas in case you get hungry.
2. Vintage Cocktail Club – Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Vintage Cocktail Club, otherwise known as the VCC has the most amazing selection of vintage cocktails. Their fantastic menu begins with cocktails from the 1400s all the way up till the 1940s. They also have a broad selection of their own original recipes if you want something a little more modern. The VCC really does have something for everyone, it’s in a great location and they serve food which is a plus! This place is a little more upmarket so it’s more expensive than others but they provide a unique experience and if you’re looking to impress then this is a must. To book a table online at the VCC, then click here
1. The Bernard Shaw – Richmond Street, Dublin 2
If you’ve never been to The Bernard Shaw, it’s a cool little place near Camden Street. Their beer garden is really colourful, with loads of impressive graffiti and some pretty cool tunes. One thing that makes The Bernard Shaw stand out is the Big Blue Bus, a funky double-decker bus where you can grab a pizza and sit upstairs with your date. Considering it’s a bus they’ve kitted it out pretty well with candles and quaint decor making it a surprisingly romantic spot. Click here to book a table hassle-free at The Bernard Shaw.