Calling all cocktail lovers! Treat your good self to a well-deserved, mid-semester cocktail at one of these Dublin hotspots!

Candlelight Bar €€€

Located above Siam Thai in Dundrum Town Centre, this decadent, speakeasy-style bar will transport you directly to 1920s NYC. Candlelight is home to expert mixologist Darren, who will be more than happy to whip you up your cocktail of choice. The city centre is easily accessible from the Windy Arbour LUAS, should you decide to continue you night! Drinks here are pricier than average, but we highly recommend Candlelight’s ‘bathtub’ G&T (pictured below), €21 and serves three.

Peruke & Periwig €€

Step back in time at Peruke & Periwig,  a retro Dublin spot with an innovative, quirky cocktail menu. This Dawson St. bar is the definition of  ‘notions’ and pricey to boot,  but oh  so worth it! Why not try their (literally) fiery “Thriller” cocktail, pictured below, well worth the €13 to add a bit of wow factor to a special occasion drinks.

Capitol Lounge €

Most discerning Dublin drinkers will be well aware of this Aungier St haunt, but Capitol’s value for money cocktail menu always warrants a mention! Between 5-8 Thursdays and Fridays all cocktails are 2 for €7 (the after work special) and selected cocktails are 2 for €7 on Tuesday nights ‘til late.

Harry’s On The Green €

This city centre bar offers 2-for-1 cocktails from 5-7pm Thursdays and Fridays. The extensive cocktail menu offered is ideal for pre or post dinner drinks.
Bow Lane Social €€

Bow Lane Social prides itself as being the purveyor of the “best craftmade cocktails in Dublin”, and rightly so! This late-night cocktail bar’s (located on Aungier St) combination of  sumptuous interiors, excellent service and quality drinks makes it one of the top drinking destinations in the city. If traditional cocktails are not your thing, why not try one of their ‘winter warmers’ (all €9) –  perfect for a wintery Irish evening!

Chelsea Drug Store €€

Named after the London landmark building, the Chelsea Drugstore is one of the most stylish bars in Dublin, a mix of stripped back interiors (think exposed brick and piping) and high-end furnishings. Chelsea Drug Store’s South Great George’s location makes it an ideal meeting spot, perfect if you’re planning on heading out after drinks. Cocktails range from €11.50-13 a pop.

Sophie’s €€

This rooftop bar is situated in the Dean Hotel Harcourt St. and offers 360 degree views of the Dublin skyline, with a delicious selection of cocktails to enjoy. From 11pm Thursday to Saturday Sophie’s plays host to various DJs as part of HIGHLINE,  its NYC inspired late night drinks session. Cocktails start at €11 (we recommend the Cuban Espresso!).

Ciara Landy – Food & LifeStyle Editor