Where to eat and drink during Dublin Tech Summit 2018

The highly anticipated second Dublin Tech Summit kicks off tomorrow at the Convention Centre, Dublin. The two-day event is an opportunity for members of the tech community to experience a breadth of topics and acquire first-hand knowledge from experts and entertaining speakers at the forefront of creative industries, innovation and business. What’s not to love!

There’ll be people visiting from all over the world and across the country, and it made us think that maybe some of the DTS guests won’t have ever been to Dublin before (we’re looking at you Casey Neistat!). So with that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of some of the best places in town to grab some food or drink over the course of the summit. There are so many great places in Dublin city to visit, but here’s just a taster of what to expect during your visit:

P. Macs

First up is one of our favourite craft beer bars in the city: P. Macs. The atmosphere here is second to none – darkly lit, great ambience, slick tunes and always a fantastic buzz. It’s got sofas, snugs, larger group spaces and even a piano-table. It’s as quirky and quaint as they come! Their beer list is top notch with rotating taps and a fantastic bottle selection, not to mention the superb food menu. Make sure not to arrive too late though – this place is pretty popular!

Location: here.


Bunsen serve easily the best burgers in the city (maybe even country) and rightfully so. The menu is pretty petite: hamburger or cheeseburger and a choice of 3 sides. If you’re vegetarian, vegan or simply don’t like burgers, this wont be for you. But if you absolutely LOVE burgers then step right up – you wont be disappointed. The hamburger beef is Black Aberdeen Angus supplied by the famous FX Buckley. The patty is minced fresh every morning – a precise ratio of three different forequarter cuts with only adding salt and pepper seconds before grilling. Yum!

Locations: here, here and here.

Bear Market Coffee

While there are an abundance of amazing coffee spots in Dublin, our recommendation has to be the newly opened Bear Market Coffee located just 5 minutes from the Convention Centre. We featured them on their opening day and we still stand over our review.  They serve every coffee style imaginable, with their own house blend and different guest blends changing frequently to appeal to the most discerning of caffeine addicts. You can read our full review here: Bear Market Coffee opens new cafe in Dublin’s IFSC

Location: click here.

Ruin Bar

Not far from the Convention Centre itself is Ruin Bar, a Budapest-inspired ruin style bar based on Tara Street, right around the corner from the train station. It’s a great spot for big groups, has quiet corners for meetings, serves food from 12-10pm and has a huge selection of craft beer, spirits and cocktails. It’s a regular of ours as it’s a few doors down from our office – so make sure to invite us if you’re going for drinks!

Location: click here.


With a sign outside the front door to prove it,  “The best pint of Guinness in Dublin” is served at Toners (according to Rory Guinness at least, member of the Guinness family). Established circa 1818, Toners Pub is one of Dublin’s oldest and most famous pubs in the city. It’s always buzzing here and has a huge beer garden out the back. If you’re looking for a traditional Irish pub, you’re sorted here!

Location: click here.


Located just a few doors down from Toners is Xico. Xico is an underground Mexican styled party cavern (or dive bar as they sometimes say), open daily from 5pm with ‘nightly fiestas’. They serve delicious food, cocktails and craft beers, and is known to be frequented by a number of celebrities including Justin Bieber.  The interior has a really rustic feel to it, with dark lighting and lots of private seating areas. Once midnight hits the party really gets started and the dance floor fills up. Who knows, you might even spot a fimiliar face or two doing shots at the bar!

Location: click here.

Offbeat Donut Co.

With locations right next to both Pearse and Tara Street DART stations, Offbeat Donut Co. are the reigning kings of donuts in the city. From Apple Crumble and Oreo Cookie to Crème Brûlée and Cream Filled Red Velvet you’re definitely not stuck for choice in this place (they have over 22 different types of donuts). We gave these guys a review a while back and they’ve only gotten better since: These donuts can’t be Beaten..

Locations: here and here.


We could spend all day going on and on about great places to visit while in Dublin, but we think the suggestions above will give you a nice flavour of the city. There’s also no harm in discovering your own favourite spots too! If you’re out and about and fancy a pint, give us a shout. We’ll be at both days of Dublin Tech Summit so just say hey!