Our Favourite 7 Dublin Spots for Unforgettable Holiday Parties


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By now, Holiday season is in full swing. As the days get shorter, we find ourselves staring at the clock to escape for a merry pint or two. Let us fuel the daydreaming, and, hopefully, inspire a night out in some of our favourite spots for Christmas parties. 

1. The Woollen Mills on Liffey Street

All December long, the Woollen Mills roof terrace is packed with winter revellers and engagement parties. This space not only comes with an amazing view of the Liffey, but one of the best kitchens in Dublin. The menu changes seasonally, but you can always count on fresh ingredients and creative takes on traditional meals. The Woollen Mills is perfect for a cosy, intimate evening with family or coworkers.

2. Smock Alley on Essex Quay

The historic Smock Alley is a hot spot for Dubliners, hosting everything from fringe performances to weekend markets. One of the key attractions to the space is the 17th-century banquet hall, which is a beautiful and popular spot for weddings, exhibitions, and conferences alike.

3. The Chocolate Factory on Kings Inn Street

The Chocolate Factory is a hotbed for hipsters on the North Side, with a handful of creative spaces that could fit any need.

For small parties and events, Blas Cafe is a perfectly cute and cosy spot famous for great coffee and great bites.

For bigger gigs, the Aerial room of the warehouse has an urban, unpolished vibe that is completely its own. A common spot for photoshoots, events, marketplaces, exhibitions and even acrobatic classes - this space is completely customisable.  

And for some more unusual events, we love the atmosphere in the Lung Ying Kung Fu Academy.

4. The Dublin Bar Academy

Earlier this year, we popped along to Dublin Bar Academy for a completely unique company offsite, with coffee, booze, foosball and ping pong. We’ve loved the space ever since. If you’re looking to bring an office to a spot with creative cocktails, fantastic service, and space to stretch or give a speech - then look no further.

The Dublin Bar Academy has a large bar and common area, as well as a training room - perfect for small meetings or classes.

5. Boats!

Why not take your holiday shindig to the sea, with canal boats and yachts?

Step aboard La Peniche for an intimate evening coasting the canals. Inside, you’ll find beautiful, comfy decor and a fantastic 3-course menu. The cruise offers a side of Dublin rarely experienced, and is a fantastic opportunity to understand the history of Guinness and Dublin’s Grand Canal.

“The food is honest and well made, but the unique selling proposition here is the whole experience. If you have a night out with friends coming up, it’s a great fun night, and something very different.” ~ Paolo Tullio, Taste of Ireland

For a more adventurous evening, step aboard Dublin Bay Cruises for a trip to take in the Dublin Coastline. The cruises operate out of Dun Laoghaire, Dublin Port and Howth Harbours.

6. The Pubs


Why mess with the classic? Gather your mates and head out for rounds at your local. If you want to shake things up, here are some suggestions of our favourite bars and pubs this season.

O’Donnoghue’s is a favourite spot for Dubliners and revellers, and would be a deadly spot for a Chrimbo sesh.

The Bridge 1859

This pub must be seen to be fully appreciated. It offers a quiet, sophisticated reprieve from the chaos of Christmas pubs.

7. The Clubs

Oh, you wanted to go “out-out”? Then gather the crew, don yer gay apparel, and head out for loud DJs and sloppy dance moves. Here are some of our favs:

The Bernard Shaw was the first bar from the Bodytonic group, and, now 10 years old, has made itself a staple in Dublin nightlight. During the busy holiday season, this space is a breath of fresh air as it offers a bit more wiggle-room than most Dublin clubpubs. Head out early to snag a spot on the Big Blue Bus and lay down a layer of soakage.

The Grand Social

The Grand Social is a bit of a maze to lose yourself in, it seems that there’s a floor for every type. The Grand Social exists in a world of its own, and it’s not uncommon to take a wrong turn from the concert downstairs to find yourself immersed in a sea of people in the upstairs dancehall.


Another Bodytonic Bar and home to Vice Coffee, Boxcutter Barbershop, and 100 Rums - WigWam is a popular new social space off Abbey Street. If you find yourself here in the late afternoon, warm yourself with a hot coffee, or kickstart your buzz with their Irish coffees and signature seasonal cocktails.



Because, somehow, we always end up here.

Bonus: Your Space!

Do you have a space that throws a Christmas party like no other? Want to be included on this list? Get in touch with will@fillit.ie.

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