Where is the best nightlife in Dublin?

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Jennifer Wholey

You’re never far from good nightlife in rollicking Dublin. Even though buses stop running at 11:30 p.m., Dubliners don’t seem to mind. Pubs close earlier than you might expect for a city so renowned for drink, but there are no shortage of after-hours bars and clubs to keep you occupied until sun up.

While tourists gravitate toward heady Temple Bar, Dubliners for the most part prefer the pubs south of Dame Street and west of Parliament Street. For a proper pint, our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend The Stag’s Head. It’s located on Dame Court, a hub of seriously good bars at the intersection of Dame and S. Great George’s Street. One of the best-preserved Victorian style-pubs, this multi-storied bar is often packed to the gills on each level, with Irish music downstairs on weekends and Powers whiskey from cask available on the ground floor.

The Porterhouse Brewing Co. is another favorite among Trinity students. With two locations, one adjacent to Grafton Street and another on Parliament, there’s enough room to chat and be heard. Bonus: In addition to daily drink specials, they also brew their own beer. The Chocolate Truffle Stout is to die for.

If you’d rather dance the night away, The Globe on S. Great George’s Street might be more your style. The Globe has many faces: café by day, pub by night and, when most bars are closing, Ri-Ra, The Globe’s basement dance club, is just getting started. DJs spin until 2:30 a.m., shying away from Euro-pop and electronica in favor of funky dance tunes. Another good bet is Pygmalion, whose labyrinthine interior can best be described as controlled chaos. A perfect mix of solid drinks and eminently danceable pounding bass until 3 a.m., the warren-like setup of ‘the Pyg’ is part of the appeal.

Dublin also has a strong alternative scene. Fibbers on the Quay is a quintessential rock bar, where classic rock rules and Top 40 never stands a chance. For live bands, check out Sweeney’s for jazz and blues bands downstairs.

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