Where To Hook Up In Ireland: Bloggers Tell Us Their Favourite Spots

Whether you're looking for a spot to get the shift, somewhere to have a fun girls' night out, a romantic pub for a cosy tete-a-tete or a location for your first dirty weekend away, our blogger chums have you covered.

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In May’s Blogger Issue, we’ve got a whopping 50 places to hook up covered. Yes, Coppers gets a mention. As it’s our Blogger special, we asked lots of online gals where they liked – and we couldn’t fit ’em all in the mag. So, here are 14 more pretty swell recommendations for spots to know for a single shift, a romantic drink or that crucial first weekend away.

A romantic drink

1 Jessica Garland-Blake
I Have This Thing For
“I really like Vintage Cocktail Club in Dublin. There’s something so intimate about a candlelit room. The cosy chairs are close together and the bar has a great selection of drinks to choose from – they do a great Old Fashioned!”

2. Leanne Woodfull
Thunder & Threads
“Cavern on Baggot St, Dublin, is a hidden gem. It’s cosy, chilled out and the wine is delish!”

3. Suzanne Jackson
sosueme.ie
“I love the Porthouse. It offers a romantic underground vibe and it’s fully lit by candles, which really sets the mood. The atmosphere is casual and it’s always busy, so you can actually chat away to your partner without worrying about ear wiggers!

4. Nuala Gorham
Penny and Polaroids
“I love the G Hotel for wine or cocktails. I always find it so relaxing there, and it’s the perfect place to enjoy a drink and chat.”

A couples’ weekend away

5. Jessica Garland-Blake
I Have This Thing For
“As a child I spent summers traveling around Connemara and West Cork. These are still my favourite places in Ireland. Living in London I’m desperate to bring my English boyfriend back to show him around the pubs of Skibbereen and Ballydehob and to go walking around Connemara. I think the scenery is breathtaking.”

6. Leanne Woodfull
Thunder & Threads
“I was recently away in Tankardstown House and ADORED it. It’s so pretty and the grounds are gorgeous.”

7. Nuala Gorham
Penny and Polaroids
“The Ice House Hotel and Spa in Ballina is very relaxed, quiet and homely. The beautiful rooms, amazing food and and views from the outdoor jacuzzis make it the perfect romantic getaway.”

8. Sarah Hanrahan
I Come Undone
“We booked a cabin in Waterford a few years back that was kitted out with every ‘outdoorsy’ thing you can think of from canoes and fishing rods to kites.Wandering the rural landscape together was an amazing way to get away from everything, and spend quality time with one another.”

9. Maeve Madden
maevemadden.com
“Aghadoe Heights in Kerry is breathtaking. Their spa facilities are first class, however my other half is more of an adventurer who enjoyed the local surf, tracks and trails. I did drag him to Dingle though, I couldn’t miss out on Murphy’s brown bread!”

Single girls’ night out

10. Jessica Garland-Blake
I Have This Thing For
“When I come home for a weekend and I just want a quite catch up with my friends and have local drinks, we head to Tramyard and The Queens in Dalkey. Tramyard have a great selection of craft beers. If it’s a big night out, we usually start in Market Bar for some drinks and tapas and then head to Xico on Baggot Street. The cocktails are great and it just turns it to a madhouse, but I always have a great night there.”

11. Leanne Woodfull
Thunder & Threads
“You can’t beat The George on a Saturday for a good bop! I love Bison Bar and The Bernard Shaw for a dirty pint.”

12. Kassiani Cheirogeorgou
Just Kassi
“I totally love cocktails so I’d hit up The Meeting House in Temple Bar or Vintage Cocktail Club.”

13. Rosie Connolly
Hearts, Heels and Handbags
“Xico in Dublin is such a great spot for a girls’ night out… The music is just what you want when you want to have a dance with your ladies, and they even let you dance on the tables (Coyote Ugly, anyone?!)”

14. Maeve Madden
maevemadden.com
“I’m thinking of getting my whole squad together from London and Ireland for a huge birthday celebration in May. Our plans for the VIP Style Awards weekend are to start at The Dean’s rooftop bar (always great for an espresso martini), followed by candy and cocktails at 37 Dawson Street and of course Lillie’s afterwards to dance the night away. No doubt we’ll end up munching Supermacs to end it all…”

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