The Best Bars and Restaurants in Dublin 8 You Need To Visit

Dublin 8, a vibrant and historic district in the heart of Ireland's capital city, is a treasure trove of and eclectic bars and restaurants. From traditional Irish pubs to high-end eateries, this area offers a diverse array of experiences for foodies and nightlife enthusiasts alike. Here's a guide to some of the best bars and restaurants in Dublin 8 that you need to visit.

1. The Fumbally

Location: Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8 (5 minute walk from Newmarket Yards)

Highlights: The Fumbally is a beloved spot known for its laid-back atmosphere and commitment to organic, locally sourced ingredients. Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty breakfast, a wholesome lunch, or a freshly brewed coffee, this café has you covered. The communal seating and open kitchen add to the friendly, relaxed vibe.

Must-Try: The Fumbally Eggs – lightly scrambled Wicklow eggs with Gubbeen cheese and garlic, sautéed kale, hot sauce, and their signature Fumbally sourdough brioche.


2. Spitalfields

Location: The Coombe, Dublin 8 (5-minute walk from Newmarket Yards)

Highlights: Spitalfields is a contemporary pub that combines the best of modern Irish cuisine with a relaxed pub atmosphere. The menu is crafted with care, featuring locally sourced ingredients and innovative dishes that are both comforting and sophisticated.

Must-Try: The pork chop schnitzel, fennel, apple, kohlrabi, lemon & caper Jus – a dish that perfectly balances sweet and savoury flavours.

3. Lucky's

Location: Meath Street, Dublin 8 (6-minute walk from Newmarket Yards)

Highlights: Lucky’s is a trendy bar that doubles as an art space, making it a cultural hub in Dublin 8. The relaxed atmosphere, craft beers, and delicious pizzas make it a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. The outdoor seating area is perfect for sunny days, while the rotating art exhibitions provide a feast for the eyes.

Must-Try: Any of their craft beers paired with a wood-fired pizza – the Luciano Margherita with ventriciana salami, fresh chilli & their chilli-infused Irish honey is a standout.


4. Two Pups Coffee

Location: Francis Street, Dublin 8 (5-minute walk from Newmarket Yards)

Highlights: If you’re a coffee lover, Two Pups Coffee should be on your list. This trendy café is known for its excellent coffee, friendly staff, and cozy environment. It’s an ideal spot to catch up with friends, read a book, or simply watch the world go by.

Must-Try: Their creamy flat white and the delicious Croque Madame French toast.

5. The Brazen Head

Location: Bridge Street Lower, Dublin 8. (14-minute walk from Newmarket Yards)

Highlights: As Ireland’s oldest pub, The Brazen Head is steeped in history and offers a quintessential Irish pub experience. With its cosy interiors, live traditional music, and hearty menu, it’s a fantastic place to immerse yourself in Irish culture.

Must-Try: The Beef and Guinness Stew – a rich and flavourful dish that’s perfect for warming up on a chilly day.

6. Tenters Gastropub

Location: Mill Street, Dublin 8. (3-minute walk from Newmarket Yards)

Highlights: Tenters Gastropub offers a modern twist on traditional pub food in a stylish yet comfortable setting. The menu features a range of hearty dishes made with fresh, local ingredients, and the drinks list includes an impressive selection of craft beers, wines, and cocktails.

Must-Try: The fish and chips, served with homemade tartar sauce and mushy peas.

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