Going for a pint down your local is all well and good, but isn’t it a real treat to have a drink in really plush surroundings?
Whether it’s a trendy cocktail bar or an antique adorned champagne lounge, Ireland has its fair share of breathtaking bars that should top everyone’s list.
Here’s 14 (in no particular order) of the most beautiful bars to head to the next time you want to turn a normal evening into a real occasion.
1. Vintage Cocktail Club, Dublin
Do you like a dash of secrecy with your cocktails? If so, you’ll be smitten once you walk through this speakeasy bar’s plain black door right into the 1920’s.
2. The Copper Room, Limerick
This ultra romantic wine bar is like something from the Mediterranean.
Dark, candlelit rooms and an actual copper roof – it’s gorgeous.
3. Edison, Cork
This trendy bar will really light up your life (sorry.)
Live music and suuuuper strong cocktails are the name of the game in here.
4. G Hotel Bar, Galway
Want an excuse to dress up and put on the oul heels? This glam bar is a must.
5. The Secret Garden, Cork
This hidden gem in Cork is filled with quirky furnishings, a DJ desk in a pimped up campervan and delish drinks.
The hidden attic section upstairs is the best bit.
6. The Merchant Hotel Cocktail Bar, Belfast
From rare spirits to vintage Champagne, this bar has a classic Hollywood vibe and is the very meaning of luxury.
Sink into an armchair by the fire and admire the history around you.
7. M O’Shea’s Pub, Carlow
Beautiful in the more traditional sense of the word, this old Irish bar is a snapshot of times gone by.
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8. The Cliff House Hotel, Waterford
Breathtaking sea views? Yep. A+ service and drinks. Of course.
This other worldly hotel bar is the only place to be on a summer evening (or afternoon!)
9. House, Dublin
Coming in here for a refresher cocktail is like stepping into a fairytale garden – a fun, boozy, fairytale.
10. The Boathouse Winebar, Kerry
This stylish wine bar is in a boathouse dating from the 1800s that looks out over the waterfront.
Chilled yet sophisticated vibes make this a gorge retreat.
11. The Filthy Quarter, Belfast
If you’re in the mood for a wilder night out you need to try this pretty magical outdoor area with fairy lights, open fires and water features.
Boho and Middle Eastern touches make this an Instagram dream.
12. The Left Bank, Kilkenny
Located in an old stone building that was once a Bank of Ireland, this classic pub has an undeniable charm about it.
The dark wood and open fires add to its glory.
13. Ashford Castle Hotel Bar, Mayo
If you’re looking for glamour you’ll 100% find it in this dramatic castle bar that was built in the 19th century.
Order a martini and pretend you’re starring in a James Blond flick.
14. The Marker Rooftop Bar, Dublin
This is the spot to go when you want city slicker style cocktails and the best view in Dublin.
Lounge back on one of the sofas, grab a blanket if it gets cold, and watch the sunset with a drink in each hand.
Have we missed out on any stunning bars? Let us know in the comments!
Header image: The Merchant Hotel, Belfast