A night on the town in Dublin is great craic, but it can also be very expensive. It’s easily possible to pay €6 or more for a pint of something or other, especially if you’re having a late drink. Anyone out with friends will blow €30 for one round of five drinks.
All of this is okay if you have deep pockets, but it’s possible to do better if you’re on a budget. Some of the most expensive bars in Dublin are in the trendy Temple Bar district, a place much visited by tourists. Wander away from that area and the prices start to improve.
Here is a list of Dublin bars that will serve you a pint for around €4 or less:
* O’Reilly’s is a lively Victorian pub beneath Tara Street DART station. Here, you’ll be able to buy a pint for €3.50. This popular live-music venue also has a heated beer garden.
*Chaplins Bar on Hawkins Street is a friendly venue that hosts occasional singalongs and an on-site comedy club. Drinks are very reasonable priced at around €4 to €5.
*Dicey’s Garden is a bar and nightclub in Harcourt Street. Beers here are famously cheap, going for around €2 to €3 per pint. Food is affordable, too, and is served up until 10 PM. A lunchtime carvery is open from 12-2.30 PM on weekdays.
*The Karma Stone Bar in Wexford Street sells imported beers and will serve you a pint of Fosters for about €3.20. There are weekly cocktail offers, for those with more exotic tastes.
*The Mezz is one place in Temple Bar where you can pick up a cheap drink. This is a Brazilian restaurant by day and a live music venue by night. Beer prices are as low as €4 per pint.
*The Woolshed Baa & Grill at The Parnell Centre will sell you a pitcher of beer for €10. This lively sports bar has about 30 screens and offers an extensive choice of food.