5 of Dublin\’s Best Beer Gardens

Here’s hoping the sunny weather hasn’t disappeared completely and we are in for a few more spells of good weather between now and September. With that in mind we thought we’d give you some ideas for outdoor socialising around Dublin after a busy day of learning English with us.

Here are our 5 Best Beer Gardens in Dublin.

Hip – The Bernard Shaw, South Richmond Street, Dublin 2

It’s hip, it’s trendy and it’s almost always packed to the rafters on summer nights. With good reason. The Bernard Shaw is a great spot with a great selection of drinks, cool bar staff and great DJs. At weekends they try to do things a little differently here and often host interesting concerts and cultural events, as well as their famous monthly flea market. This Southside bar has the added bonus of being right beside Eatyard which offers a good selection of food at decent prices.

The Bernard Shaw


*hip – fashionable    trendy – fashionable    packed to the rafters – really full of people

flea market – a market that sells everything


Quiet – O’Reilly\’s, Sandymount, Dublin 4

Perhaps the prettiest garden on our list. This place is perfect for a pint after a walk on the nearby strand. It is very much belongs to the locals but you will always get a warm welcome here, especially from the resident labrador Molly who lolls about the place giving off good vibes to everyone who pets her.

O\'Reilly\'s Sandymount

*strand – beach      lolls about – walks quietly & slowly from place to place

giving off good vibes – make people feel good


Traditional – Toner’s, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2

Inside,this traditional boozer is one of the best in the city and it’s famous because of it. A few years ago, seeing the competition around them opening up to the skies they thought they’d do the same. The result is a beautiful secluded beer garden right in the heart of the Georgian Southside. This is just a short stroll from Merrion Square and the National Gallery. So after an afternoon of looking at Picassos, Toner’s is a great place to chill out and turn the afternoon into evening.

Summertime in Toner\'s


*boozer – pub    secluded – closed in/private    in the heart – in the middle


Sporty – The Living Room, Cathal Brugha St, Dublin 1

Just off O’Connell Street, The Living Room lives off sport. It’s beer garden is no different and has an absurdly huge screen – they claim it’s the biggest in Europe –  for any and all the big matches.

Watching the game in The Living Room

*absurdly – really   claim – say


Cheap – Ryan’s Beggars Bush, Dublin 4

This pub prides itself on having one of the least expensive pints in the city (in these parts at least). It’s a good spot on a Friday evening when workers from Google and Facebook rock on down for a couple of drinks. It also has the added bonus of being near several other pubs with beer gardens including Slattery’s, The Bath and Smyth’s of Haddington Road.

*rock on down – go