Dublin’s Top 10 Restaurants For A Night Of Fun!

When you head out for a meal sometimes you want be taken seriously, sure you do. But there are times when all you want is a bit of fun! When you’re not in the mood for faffing about with starters, main courses and fancy things like napkins, they’re the days when you need our favourite fun restaurants. The top 10 restaurants that take their food seriously, but not themselves.

777 – Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Cocktail Bar, Georges Street

If a pack of Old El Paso and a rock hard avocado is your idea of Mexican food then you’re in for a shock! This is high end Mexican at its best. At 777 the tacos and tequilas are served with a side of banging tunes. If you’re in the market for a quiet night look elsewhere.


777 – Keep your eyes open, it’s well hidden

Yamamori Izakaya – Japanese Tapas, Georges Street

Izakaya is just across the road. It’s the home of the dubiously named (but nevertheless delicious) ‘Jappas’. The food comes out as soon as it’s ready and you can sip some quirky cocktails while you wait. It’s big and bustling but just a little less boisterous than its Mexican neighbours.

Izakaya Dublin Underground

Yamamori Izakaya – in the beautiful building formerly occupied by Cafe Bar Deli

Pitt Bros – Smoked BBQ Project, Georges Street

If your idea of fun is getting down and dirty with a plate of sticky ribs then this is the place for you. Throw in a few cold brews and a laidback vibe and you’ve got the makings of a lot of fun, unless you’re vegetarian of course.

Pitt Bros BBQ

Inside Pitt Bros. The actual décor is better than my photography skills. Thankfully.

Xico – Underground Mexican Party Cavern, Baggot Street

The old site of the Baggot Inn has been transformed into an ‘underground Mexican party cavern’. Need we say more?

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/XicoDublin

Photo: @XicoDublin

Jo Burger – Gourmet burgers, Rathmines, City Centre & Smithfield

Probably the first restaurant in Dublin to plop a DJ box in the middle of the dining room and the tunes are still spinning at this Rathmines burger joint.

Funky Artwork at Jo's

Funky Artwork at Jo’s

The South William Bar – Food and drinks, South William Street

The old Damson Diner has been replaced by the ‘South William Bar’. The name isn’t exactly imaginative, but the food menu certainly is. There’s an entire menu dedicated to espresso martinis. Alright.

South William Street Bar

South William Street Bar

Opium – Dining & Cocktails, Wexford Street

Dublin’s party restaurant, open late seven nights a week, with some of Dublin’s best DJs spinning every Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Oh, and there’s also food – tasty modern Thai and Vietnamese dishes to be precise.


Dublin’s Party Restaurant – Opium

Pablo Picante – Burritos, Clarendon Street, Baggot Street & Temple Bar

A nice spot for a casual bite and a beer to wash it down. No fuss but plenty of fun, hell even Pablo’s tweets are fun.



Ukiyo – Restaurant, Karaoke & Bar, Exchequer Street

With karaoke booths in the basement you can follow your sushi with some badly sung Celine Dion songs. Sure where would you get it?


Ukiyo, before the storm.

Crackbird – Chicken, Dame Street

A sister restaurant of Jo Burger, buckets of chicken are the star of the show at Crackbird. Expect more good tunes, a laidback vibe and food you can eat with your fingers.

Photo: @crackbird, Facebook

Photo: @crackbird, Facebook

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Usually to be found nursing a G&T in the snug at her local, whilst hilariously referring to it as ‘her office’. If it has an ABV on it the Ginhound is all over it. She likes the idea of Dry January. More than actually doing it mind you.

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