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Celebrity Hot Spots in Dublin

Posted on: Sunday, July 21, 2019

Celebrity owned bars & restaurants in Dublin 


Celebrities know how to be entertained, therefore know how to entertain!

Whether they are from the Irish sporting, acting or business world, our well-loved Irish stars like to venture into the thriving food & drink industry in Dublin, which suits us fine! There are plenty of celebrity owned bars & restaurants spread throughout Dublin that you won’t want to miss out on. We have put together a handful of these that we feel you must check out while exploring our fair City.


The Bridge 1859 / The Owners: Rob and Dave Kearney, Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien (“The Tullow Tank”)

This is a popular Dublin haunt located in Ballsbridge, a short stroll from the Aviva Stadium. Some of our finest Ireland rugby players acquired this pub in a joint investment in 2014. The Bridge 1859 is the home of the famous ‘Tank Beer’ which is known for its fresh & unique taste; and to quote them ‘beer is the best in the cellar of the brewery’.

The Bath Pub & Sam’s Bar / The owner: Eoin O'Malley

Another one of our most loved rugby players ventured into the Irish hospitality sector.

O’Malley owns The Bath Pub in Sandymount and he has transformed the old SamSara on Dawson Street into a ‘hipster’ pub and re-named it Sam’s Bar. It has a tempting cocktail menu and a variety of meal options to tickle your taste buds.

Munier at Avenue / Owner: Nick Munier

Nick Munier is most known for co-presenting the widely popular TV show MasterChef. He is trying to get the balance right in his Temple Bar restaurant on Crow Street, as he strives to ensure his customers will always have “a great night out”. Munier At Avenue offers a casual dining experience in a unique, modern setting. Visit their exclusive cocktail bar which is home to some of Ireland's most racy & daringly named cocktails!

The Exchequer / The Owner: Gordon D'Arcy

The Exchequer is one of the most popular gastro bars in Dublin. It is co-owned by yet another one of our sporting hero’s, retired rugby player Gordon Darcy. With naturally sourced seasonal produce; you can enjoy a warm, hearty meal alongside an extensive wine menu. You won’t regret visiting this establishment.

51 Dawson Street / Featherblade / The Owner: Rory Mcllroy

With three of the 4 major golf championships under his belt and of course his deal with Nike – Rory’s talents have allowed him to live a luxurious lifestyle. His latest venture, so we have heard, is that he quietly purchased a premises at 51 Dawson Street which contains the new super chic café Featherblade. We are excited to see the developments on this cool premises under its new ownership.

The Jo Burger Group / Bear Restaurant / The Owner: Jamie Heaslip

We know that Jamie Heaslip takes great interest in Bear Restaurant. He has a share in ‘Bear’ and although he is a very busy man playing number 8 in the Irish rugby union for Leinster & Ireland, he is very interested in the fortunes of this business.  Bear, located on South William Street, Dublin 2, has some tempting brunch, lunch & dinner menus that you must check out!

PantiBar / The Owner: Panti Bliss

Rory, who is known as drag queen Panti Bliss, became an iconic figure for equality in Ireland over the years and has played a major role in the successful referendum campaign for Marriage equality in Ireland in 2015. Located on Caple Street, Pantibar is widely known and gets a wonderful mix of people coming through the doors to enjoy a chilled and fun atmosphere. However, it can get extremely busy on weekend nights so arrive early!


Celeb Spotting in Dublin:

For those of us whose ‘guilty pleasure’ is following the lives of celebrities (whether we like to admit it or not) there are plenty of hot spots around Dublin where you can easily bump into some very recognisable faces. Take a peek below…


  • The Liquor rooms on Wellington Quay is a cutting edge cocktail bar where you can enjoy a fun filled evening in chic & vintage surroundings. Most importantly for us celeb spotters, this is a cool venue that is extremely popular for A-listers to go and enjoy some down time. Noel Gallagher, Matt Damon, Hozier and Amy Huberman to name just a few, have been spotted here.


  • Another hot spot popular with our lovely Irish Celebs is Sophie’s Bar at the Dean Hotel, Harcourt St.  This is due to its trendy décor along-side great choices of food & drink on offer. The bar also offers a beautiful panoramic view of Dublin at night.

  • Gibney’s located in the beautiful coastal town of Malahide, celebrates the spirit of an Irish pub. People of all ages and backgrounds gather here to enjoy live music, sporting events and warm hospitality. Our very own boys in green have been spotted here on a few occasions! Robbie Keane has even entertained the crown by singing on stage. Love your sporting hero’s? Take a trip to Gibney’s.


  • There's the regular nightclub, VIP area and now the super VIP status; either way on attending Krystal on Harcourt Street, you are likely to be socialising with the business and media elite, models and celebrities. Dublin's celebrity haunt has won Ireland's best nightclub two years running. This is definitely one of our favourite Celeb hot spots.


  • Located at 2 Adam Court at the bottom of Grafton Street, Lillie’s Bordello overlooks Trinity College. It is well known for its prestigious cocktail lounge/club, surrounded by lush table arrangements and art deco. Its sophisticated & luxurious surroundings makes it yet another popular choice for our Irish Celebrities. Famous faces such as Dara O Briain, Andrea Corr and hubby Brett Desmond and Pippa O'Connor, to name a few, have been spotted socialising here.

  • Finnegan’s pub in Dalkey – is known by some as ‘Bonos pub!’  Finnegan’s has been a firm Dalkey favourite for many years, a true local pub. The pub has seen several renovations and transformations but has always retained its identity & reputation that is based on the quality of their food and the bustling evening trade. This is also the local drop in for Irish novelist Maeve Binchy and retired formula One Driver Eddie Irvine.




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