With nearly 550,000 residents (and growing), Dublin is one of the liveliest cities in all of Europe. Our town welcomes millions of tourists a year, drawn by our famous hospitality. Usually, the tourists come for the pubs and scenery but we locals know there’s so much more. Why visit if you aren’t after Dublin hookups?
Dublin is a thoroughly modern city with an active nightlife that spreads from Blackrock to Finglas. Arranging to hook up with someone new is just a matter of finding the right bar. Of course, in a city full of pubs, that’s easier said than done. More and more people are also trying Dublin hookup apps and sites. They can generally be less of a hassle but they can also be just as fruitless.
We know how frustrating it is to invest time and money and wind up with nothing to show for it. That’s why, with local help, we researched and created this list of the best Dublin hookup sites, apps and bars. You aren’t stuck out in Rathdaniel, so why live like you are? Start getting laid on the regular.
Keep reading for our recommendations and be sure to give them a try. Comment below to let us know how our suggestions worked out for you.
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Our favorite spots to find Dublin hookups
Whether you’re a student at Dublin City University or you’re a working stiff, getting laid shouldn’t be hard. These are the Dublin hookup bars, sites and apps that get results.
The Liquor Rooms is an exhilarating Dublin hookup bar
One thing Dublin has no shortage of is cocktail lounges with character. In a basement on Wellington Quay, The Liquor Rooms adds to that fine tradition with circus-themed décor and moody lighting. Step in here and you’ll feel like you’ve crossed through a funhouse mirror. Rest assured, though, the cocktails are no illusion.
The Liquor Rooms is a serious cocktail lounge (with the awards to prove it). It’s also just a great place to while away the hours late into the night. They promise “loose parties” and “late-night rendezvous” which sounds like something our readers would enjoy. If you’ve made a connection on an app, suggest this as a meeting spot. You’ll be glad you did.
AFF is Dublin's best hookup app (try it free)Most hookups are starting online in Dublin now. If you're not on at least one app you're really going to be missing out. Out of the two top hookup apps in Dublin, AFF and Tinder we've definitely been seeing better results with AFF lately, especially for single guys. Tinder is still decent but more focused on relationships.
From what we've seen, most guys will get their best results using AFF, especially if they're tired of wasting time and money.
What sets AFF apart is that it's 100% focused on hookups and the women using it actually want to meet in person. Instead of being filled with girls just looking for compliments to boost their ego, its users are really looking for some fun in person.
Check out their free trial below and see why it's become so popular in Dublin. We've had an easy time using it and most guys are getting their best results there.
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Toners lightens up the typical pub with a beer garden
When you’re wanting to drink with a lively crowd, your best bet is a beer garden. Getting out into a sunny, friendly atmosphere changes everything and can start a raucous, happy day out. For the purposes of hooking up, this atmosphere is ideal.
Luckily, one of Dublin’s best and oldest pubs also has a great beer garden, so you can enjoy it no matter the weather. Toners on Baggot Street has everything you love about pub drinking but with the option of enjoying the sun. It draws a great crowd, including plenty of sexy women. Come through and turn an afternoon of day drinking into an evening of bed play.
Drop Dead Twice wants you to bring the fun
Down on Francis Street, you’ll find a cocktail bar with a twist. No, the bartenders at Drop Dead Twice aren’t dressed up as knights, nor do they speak in riddles. The gimmick here is that you bring the liquor and they make the drinks. Yep, it’s a BYO cocktail lounge. They will make you pretty much anything you want so long as you supply the spirits.
While that might seem like an unnecessary step, in practice, it works exceptionally well. Where else in this city are you going to get four exquisite cocktails for €25? Pick up your date (or one-night stand; we’re not judging) and choose your poison together. Then let these expert mixologists set the mood with unique potions that will get the night rocking.
Vintage Cocktail Club is worth the search
A classic speakeasy combines everything we seek in Dublin hookup bars: dim lighting, cosy seating and strong, delicious drinks. Hidden within the Temple Bar neighbourhood, Vintage Cocktail Club is a strict 23-and-up experience. Based on Prohibition-era bars from that dark period in America’s history, VCC brings old-fashioned sophistication to Dublin.
Ring the doorbell and be led into a candle-lit lounge that feels like a trip through time. The cocktails are made with care while the décor will make you forget you’re in the heart of Ireland. It’s a great locale for drinks with friends or even if you’re flying solo. However, the best way to enjoy VCC is in the company of a beautiful woman.
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Mother - Perfect for finding young hookups in Dublin
Not the best name but that doesn’t matter. The venue is packed with sexy locals and offers a chance to get some of the best hookups in Dublin.
This traditional pub has something for everyone. A large dance floor to dance your soul out, a great selection of cocktails and drinks, and laid back private rooms for chilling and chatting with your date.
Whether you’re a traditionalist and will come here to dance or a laidback gentleman looking to get laid in Dublin, this venue is just for you.
The Laughter Lounge - An unexpectedly good place
Ok, that may not be the sort of “club” you’ve been looking for, but the Laughter Lounge has its perks:
- It’s perfect for bringing a date along
When it comes to good humor, the primitive female brain doesn’t really differentiate between the cause and the effect. If you give her an experience where she laughs her stomach out, she will think you are fun just because the experience itself was emotionally provocative.
So, our advice is, once you find the perfect Dublin hookup, take her out here, and the Laughter Lounge will build some “bond” between you two.
- Hot old women come here a lot
Those who don’t like clubbing till 3 a.m still go out on Saturdays. So, yes, you can still find some of the hottest Dublin singles in the venue. Just make sure you dress up well and introduce yourself with confidence. It takes a lot of courage to walk up to a woman you don’t know for a quick chat, especially when she’s surrounded by other “hunters.”
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Clement and Pekoe will help you clear your head
Don’t crucify us but sometimes we need a change of pace from the pub scene. As an alternative to the pint, a cup of coffee can be quite refreshing. You surely know that. Did you also know, though, that as an alternative to Dublin hookup bars, coffee houses can be an amazing experience? We’re here to say it’s so.
Our favourite coffee house in Dublin is Clement and Pekoe, down on South William Street. It has a refined and welcoming charm that a corporate shop can’t hope to match. It also serves far superior coffee. Very importantly, there is plenty of space for spreading out and having a chat. Bring a date or meet a new friend and watch how the day turns into night.
Lemon Jelly - has a lot of single girls
Once you’ve given all the other options on our list a try, there are still ways to keep things fresh. Bars are the usual spots for meeting sexy singles but they hardly hold the monopoly on Dublin hookups. If you have the right moves and smooth enough opening lines, you can initiate a sexy encounter anywhere. Try Lemon Jelly Cafe, for instance.
Yes, you actually can pick someone up at the coffee house. If you’re not creepy or pushy, it can be done easily. The tables are full of single women who could be up for adding something (or someone) to their to-do list. Find a natural way to start a conversation and a connection could happen in seconds. From there, the day could go anywhere.
Art Cafe is a small place where big things happen
Some places are cramped and some are charmingly cosy. Depending on your point of view, Art Cafe could be considered either. We just think of this centrally located bar as a delightful place to drink with friends or a date. No, there isn’t a ton of space here but that’s okay. You were wanting to get close anyway, right?
With its rustic brick walls and exposed lighting, Art Cafe feels like the den of an eccentric millionaire. Many hot locals come here for several events, especially over-30 singles, so there's a good chance you find a Dublin hookup at this venue.
Other great spots to get laid in Dublin
No matter what people say, Tinder is still one of the best places to get laid in Dublin - and anywhere. All you need is to install the app, add a few good photos, and voila, you're one step closer to getting some of the best hookups in Dublin.
Tinder can still be good
From Trinity College to UCD, Dublin coeds know Tinder is a phenomenon. When it first released back in 2012, you couldn’t find a Millennial who wasn’t using the app. It quickly became the most talked-about method for arranging Dublin hookups. Over time, though, the shine started to wear off. Lots of older users found Tinder to be more frustrating than fun.
The painful truth is that Tinder is an app for the young. You will age out of it very quickly, because its ideal demographic is people 18-28. That’s why the Gen Z college students are still so enamored with it. They have a few more years when it will remain one of the most reliable Dublin hookup apps. If that’s you, have fun!
Of course, that’s assuming you’re also very good looking. For men on Tinder, if you aren’t in the top 10-15% in terms of looks, you won’t have much luck. Your profile photos are everything, so if you don’t take a pretty picture, be prepared to be ignored. It’s a harsh reality but you might as well hear it us from us.
Tinder is far easier for women. It still helps to be in the top half of looks but almost all female users get regular matches. The messages come at a furious clip for them. In fact, the sexiest women on Tinder rarely respond because they get so many messages. The ego boost is sufficient enough reason to be on the app.
As the app’s popularity has plateaued, the makers have tried to expand their market. They are now looking to make Tinder more focused on general dating and relationships. Godspeed to them, but for the most attractive men and women, Tinder will always be an amazing hookup app.
Map of all of our hookup recommendations
We've included all of our top recommendations for finding a hookup in Dublin from above into the map below. This will help you properly plan which spots to try on any given night so you can try different options on the same night.
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