With this being the final work week of the year for many Dubliners, thoughts will be turning to getting together for a few post work drinks with colleagues.

Living in Dublin has its ups, like the bars, the delectable restaurants and beautiful the parks, but it also has its downs -the rent costs, the crowds and the traffic.

But even the grumpiest Dubliner has a hard time denying the craic that is to be had in the city come Christmas.

For most of us our favourite way to celebrate the season is to get together and go for a few drinks, sing a few festive favourites and catch up on all the events of the last twelve months whith those we may not have seen since last Christmas.

It might be cold outside but these Dublin bars will warm you up, and give you a big dose of festive cheer.

So grab your colleagues, close friends, those home for the season, and dive into one of these legendary establishments.

Horseshoe Bar

The Horseshoe Bar in the Shelbourne Hotel is one of Dublin’s most famous and unique bars and this year, as always, they’ve really pushed the boat out of Christmas with a massive tree and beautiful decorations.

Since first opening its doors in 1957 it has long been established as Dublin’s prime venue.
The Horseshoe Bar has always been a meeting point for the rich and famous so you never know who you might bump into!

With a wide selection of drinks, including an impressive selection of whiskeys, you’re guaranteed a great time in this epic bar.

37 Dawson Street

37 Dawson Street is another centrally located city centre bar that is perfect for Christmas get togethers.

With an extensive cocktail list and a Whiskey Bar (that stocks 37 different Irish whiskies), this dimly lit beautifully furnished bar is a lovely place to sit back and relax after a hard year at the office!

37 also serves great food throughout the day so there’ll be no need to leave and go on the hunt for “soakage”!

The bar opens late (even on Sundays!) so it’s a great venue if you’re in a large crowd and worried about getting separated later in the night.

Toners bar

Located on Baggot Street, Toners is one of Dublin’s oldest and best pubs, and very popular with city centre workers for a post work pint or two.

With an award winning snug, drawers behind the bar and a flagged floor, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time, especially after a few pints!

According to Rory Guinness, a member of the Guinness family, Toners serve “the best pint of Guinness in Dublin” and who is going to argue with him!

Toners also has two great private function rooms which are free to hire if you want to get away from the crowds.