Ring In The New Year In Dublins Fair City

New Years Eve in Dublin is a relaxed, noisy and cheerful affair. Local establishments host special events, but visitors recommend that for the best night out, keep it local.  There are lots of great restuarants and bars in Dublin, you’ll be spoilt for choice, so here are a few ideas to inspire you to pop over to Dublin and raise a glass of Black Velvet at midnight – a Champagne and Guiness cocktail!
champagne bottle popping


Dublin’s city centre remains open for New Years Eve celebrations. Locals say the bars tend to be crowded, so for a change of pace, consider making reservations at one of these Michelin-star restaurants that remain open well after midnight or bring in the New Year in the comfort of one of the luxury hotels in Dublin or one of the many 5 star hotels in Dublin city:

Patrick Guilbaud on Upper Merion Street has a menu that features suckling pig, mango chutney and red deer. Diners enjoy seasonal tasting menus and an extensive wine selection. Make the evening truly memorable with a reservation in the private dining area – very plush. An online booking system accepts reservations up to four months in advance.

Chapter One, located on Parnell Square, incorporates local ingredients with modern Irish cuisine. Diners enjoy smoked potato soup, duck breast and halibut. With some luck, diners can reserve a place at the chefs table, or have a truly intimate experience in the private dining area. A special kitchen table tasting menu compliments Chapter One’s four-year kitchen renovation project.

Bars and Pubs

Pubs and bars are always available for the adventurous. Venues normally charge between 5 and 15 Euros for admission, but this amount is likely to be increased for New Years Eve. The following are highly recommended by visitors and locals alike:

Lillie’s Bordello off Grafton Street is known to attract major celebrities. This  is a straightforward sort of pub, located right in the heart of Dublin.

NV Nightclub on Lower Lesson Street is made for dancing. Located in the historic district, DJ’s play a mix of mainstream, popular and old school music.

Buck Whaleys is known as one of the most popular bars in Dublin. The two-story townhouse has a smoking terrace and features live bands. A VIP area is also available…..you never know.

Christ Church Cathedral

Fireworks tend to be absent from Dublin New Years Eve celebrations. Instead, bells at Christ Church Cathedral are rung when the clock chimes midnight. Known as the seat for the Church of Ireland, Christ Church hosts ordinations and consecrations. A recently renovated crypt, is open to the general public. Perhaps one for New Years Day when you’re feeling in need of calm and quiet!