Best bar to see and be seen: Sophie's
Harcourt St, Dublin 2
It’s a restaurant, a nightclub, and a bar, and it attracts Dublin's beautiful people in droves. There's a cool terrace overlooking the city's most famous strip of nightclubs (including Coppers) and an indoor bar surrounded by windows, offering a panoramic view of the south city.
Benburb St, Dublin 7
It was a toss-up between this dark and mysterious boozer on the north side Luas tracks, and the pub across the road, Frank Ryans. Dice Bar won because it embodies the kind of dive you’d find in New York, the drinks are cheap and the music is always spot on.
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Vicki Notaro is a Dublin-based freelance writer, columnist, and magazine editor who loves to eat and drink her way around her beloved city. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat: @vickinotaro.