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Pubs You Need To Visit In Dublin This Christmas

  • Fri, 1 Dec 2023

So, here we are again, the effervescent month of December has arrived in all its glory. If you’re Irish, you were probably born with that eternal yearning to frequent a cozy Dublin pub with a tipple of your choice during the Christmas period – and if you’re not Irish then why not ‘do like the Romans do’ and hop on that festively lit bandwagon and get yourself into some of the world’s most merry watering holes.

For your convenience and Christmas socializing ease we have decided to round up 12 of DublinTown’s favourite spots to visit during silly season 2023, enjoy!

The Black Sheep, Capel Street

Hot port, hot whiskey or Irish coffee?  YES PLEASE! This perfect ‘after work’ Christmas spot is renowned for its craft beer and delicious pub grub and is extremely popular with the crowd who long for that ‘Old Dublin Pub’ with a modern edge. To top it all off they also have Foosball tables upstairs for hours of endless fun with your mates while catching up over a Yuletide beer.

The Black sheep

Kehoes, South Anne Street

The original ‘Heritage Pub’! The interior throughout Kehoe’s is the product of a Victorian style renovation completed towards the end of the 19th century which has been preserved to the present day. Nowadays this old pub is the buzzing haunt of tourists, scholars, shoppers and business people alike and is a permanent Christmas pint fixture on the festive ‘to do’ list. It’s not December if you haven’t been to Kehoes for one.
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Stag’s Head , Dame Court 
It would be a sin not to visit this pub over the festive season as it was named the ‘Best Pub in Ireland 2016’ by National Hospitality and the ‘Best Traditional Pub in Ireland 2016’ by Sky Bar Awards. Seen as virtual paradise of culture with old world values, the Stag’s Head is a wondrous Christmas experience with its cosy, warm and glowing atmosphere, it’s one not to be missed this December.
 Pymalion, South William Street 
A fresh twist on the Irish pub, this is the place to be if you’re looking for some Christmas drinks with your mates in a cool eclectic surrounding. PYG is the place to be on Sundays when they offer ‘2 for 1’ on drinks. From cozy couches to a massive outdoor area and slap bang in the middle of South William street, no matter what kind of silly season drinks you desire, it’s all looked after at Pygmalion.

P Macs, Stephens Street

This welcoming pub has mismatched vintage furniture, candlelight and some cosy snugs, it veers in the direction of the oh so glorious nineties which is the perfect hangout for Christmas catch ups and some reminiscing of the good oul days. As one of Dublin’s hottest pubs, make sure to call in for some nineties tunes and complimentary nineties snacks!

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O’Neills, Suffolk Street 

Around the corner from Trinity College, Grafton Street and the world-famous Molly Malone Statue, is the perfect place for a quiet Christmas pint, a tasty meal, a lively music session or just to rest your feet for a while after lots and lots of Christmas shopping. O’Neills is a genuine traditional Old Irish pub renowned for its friendly staff and patrons, great atmosphere and world-famous food.

It looks like a regular pub from the outside, but inside it’s a pleasure to drink in, with its various nooks and crannies, upstairs and down. Whether you want to enjoy the great pub atmosphere or find a quite corner for yourself, O’Neill’s have it all.


Bailey Bar, Duke Street 

The Bailey offers a sanctuary in the city, the ideal location to recharge the batteries and watch the world go by in all of its Christmas glory. The magnificent Christmas lights of Grafton Street twinkle in the background as you take in the true atmosphere of Dublin At Christmas from the cozy outdoor heated terrace which comes fully equipped with fluffy blankets.
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Grogans, South William Street 

There is always a lively buzz with an intensity of an authentic Dublin city pub in Grogans and never more so than at Christmas time. Relax with a drink and toastie in one of the few bars left where your conversation needn’t compete with a wide screen TV or stereo. Grogans is the perfect spot for catching up with friends or taking time out alone with the newspaper.


37, Dawson Street

‘All is not what it seems’ – this is 37’s tag line, they pride themselves on their mystical and mysterious venue which ties in with Christmas oh so perfectly.  When it comes to cocktails in DublinTown, it’s pretty hard to find a more intrinsic or extensive cocktail menu and at Christmas time they also offer lots of creative seasonal tipples!

You can step back in time to a richly furnished and dimly lit whiskey bar, indulge on their delicious food menus or hang out in the hustle and bustle of the main bar, its most certainly is not to be missed this festive season.


Bruxelles, Harry Street

Bruxelles is a cosmopolitan bar, located just a step away from Grafton Street, Dublin’s busiest shopping thoroughfare. It’s a sports bar and a music bar, with DJs in three bars and regular live music. With terrace banter, cold beers and cosy surroundings Bruxelles is an ideal Christmas meeting place because it’s right in the heart of DublinTown.

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