Best Dublin Pubs for People Watching

Let’s face it, nice weather in Dublin is only made nicer when you’re able to have a drink outside with some good company eccentric people to watch. I like to start by picking up some road beers in the CHQ, where Mitchell & Son have an excellent selection of craft beer in cans. While the Gardai have launched a fresh campaign on the topic of “It is illegal to drink alcohol in public places,” it’s a great way to get a nice buzz going before heading on to a formal drinking establishment.

Read on for some top notch picks for outdoor drinking and people watching.

J.W. Sweetman

Burgh Quay

Visitors to Dublin should note that the area around the quays (pronounced “keys”) is popular among people from all walks of life, so you’ll likely see a healthy mix of people going to and from work, fellow tourists, and I’ll just go ahead and say it, junkies. You will know the tourists from their green Carroll’s bags and you can identify the latter often by their tracksuit and shouting. They generally will stick to themselves, just try not to get in their way (same rule applies to gardai). If you do enjoy their banter though, I’d recommend J.T. Sweetman’s for some laid back beers and a lovely view of the quays.

Situated south of the Liffey, you’re right in the hustle bustle of the big city with your choice of brews crafted on-site. I find it hard to resist the tasting trays but you can also ask for a sample of any of their beers on draft.

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Due do its location right on the water, it can get a bit chilly here, but they do have ample seating indoors as well.


J.T. Pim’s

George’s St/Dame Ct


Gin and Tonics


For a lively, block party atmosphere, the area around Dame Lane will not disappoint. You’ll find outdoor seating areas for many of the pubs merging together in this alley way.

While The Stag’s Head and The Dame Tavern offer typical pints and spirits, J.T. Pim’s on George’s St backs out into Dame Ct and has a huge selection of gins with knowledgeable staff to help you make a selection. Check out their beers, cocktails and specials too!

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Summer weekends often take Dame Lane into full on festival mode with live music and events in the lane way

The Exchequer

Exchequer Street

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Just up Dame Ct from J.T. Pim’s, with some of the best crafted cocktails in the city, this place offers prime indoor people watching from its large windows that open onto both Exchequer St and Dame Ct. Bonus: You can also take your drink outside and sit on the benches for some al fresco views.

The Bailey

Duke St



Prefer to watch people shop? Look no further than Grafton Street and the bars sprinkled around the side streets. A Dublin institution with its outdoor seating area permanently packed, The Bailey is a classic meeting spot to take a break from shopping.This is a great place to sit down for a casual bite to eat and take in the passerby who are likely ogling your coveted spot on the terrace.

Have a favourite spot for people watching in the city? Let us know in the comments! 


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