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As anyone who has ever been to Dublin will tell you, we’ve got a vibrant nightlife scene. As the sun sets on the Liffey and darkness sets in, pubs, late bars and nightclubs fill with people looking to enjoy a great night out.
Pubs that serve food are now open. You’re required to have a substantial meal and can’t stay longer than 105 minutes. Social distancing must be maintained. Pubs that don’t serve food are still closed until 20th July.
If you’re looking for a jar (Dublin slang for a drink, typically a pint), you won’t have to look far. The city is naturally split into north and south by the river. You’ll likely have heard about Temple Bar, which is located by the river on the south side. You’ll find lots of pubs and restaurants here and it’s an area popular with tourists. To the north, the main thoroughfare is O’Connell Street, off which splinter a number of streets that thrive at night: Parnell Street, Abbey Street and Capel Street in particular, are usually reliable routes.
If you’re looking for traditional music, there are a wealth of older pubs in the city, where you’ll find groups playing a session. On the other hand, if you’d like more modern decor and the chance of a cocktail, areas such as South William Street, George’s Street, Camden Street and Harcourt Street might suit you better.
Pubs open Monday to Thursday 10:30 with last orders at 23:30. Friday and Saturday last orders are at 00:30. On Sunday, pubs open at 12:00 and last orders are at 23:00. You’ll get about 30 minutes to finish up your drinks after last orders.
Late bars and nightclubs
Looking for a dance? Most late bars and nightclubs around the city serve last orders at 02:30, but there are a number of exceptions. You can expect to pay a cover charge in certain places too.
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Dublin-born icon, Oscar Wilde wrote, "It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious!" If there's one thing that's central to Dubliners, it's the dry wit you'll find here; the tongue-in-cheek, good-hearted humour that makes teasing just as much a sign of the welcome as it is part of the vernacular. The biggest draw to Dublin has to be its people. They’re the reason the city was recently voted in the top 10 friendliest cities in the world; why it has the greatest nightlife; why its art and culture is some of the most influential and vibrant to be found anywhere.
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