Ely Place, Dublin 2
Hidden away in Georgian Dublin, off the beaten track, this gem of a bar will have you descend into calm and serenity as soon as you walk down its stairs. The wine menu is vast, the accompanying nibbles delicious, the crowd sophisticated, and the location classy. A brilliant spot to catch up with old friends or to take somebody you want to impress.
Best for cheap drinks: McGowans
Phibsborough, Dublin 7
Another Dublin institution, this is a sports bar, a nightclub, and a popular singles spot, but it's also known for its super-cheap drink promotions (typically on Sundays and student nights) -- and even when the promos are over, the drinks are a bargain. It opens really late, serves food in the early evenings, and has been the cause of many a hangover.