Birthday ideas in Dublin

Claire Murray | Date posted - 25 Feb 2019

It’s your birthday, you’ll get cray if you want to! Whether it’s your big day or one of a good pal or family member, it’s sometimes hard to think of birthday ideas in Dublin. There’s so much choice and your party could include vegans, non-drinkers, people who want to go bowling, and loads more requirements. Never fear though. We’ve come up with a list that will help you make the all-important decisions you need to.

A big sit down dinner

FX Buckley, Temple Bar

You really can’t get much more of a people pleaser than a steakhouse can you? And thankfully, this one even has veggie options for the non-meat-eaters in the group. A staple of the Dublin dining scene for a few years, they’ve been around as butchers since 1930, so you know you’re in for a good piece of meat! So gather the gang, kick things off with a manhattan, and enjoy a classic Dublin night out.

Intimate dining

Chapter One

Perhaps you’re not one for a “big doo” but you’re still one for having a celebration and looking for birthday ideas in Dublin? Round up your other half, your bestie, or your mum and head down to Chapter One. This Michelin-starred joint is famed for delicious food (obviously) in delicious surroundings. Great for pushing the boat out. Try head chef Eric Matthews’ incredible dishes like terrine of wild game, preserved cherries, marinated foie gras, and brioche, or Irish Guinea hen, white pudding, parsley root, re-hydrated Braeburn apple. If you’re going wild, there’s even a tasting menu.

Something a bit more relaxed

Yamamori Izakaya Sake Bar

If you’ve been to Japan, you’ll know that an Izakaya is a late night bar, serving up tasty cocktails and nibbles, and one of the best places to hang out. Thankfully, that great atmosphere has been transported to Dublin by the team behind the Yamamori Group. Try out delicious small plates and their incredible sake in a relaxed environment, perfect for celebrating a big day. If you feel like you need something more substantial, their full Yamamori restaurant is just a few doors up South Great George Street.

Too chilled to even sit at a table?

Chameleon Restaurant

Fancy getting so relaxed that you can sit on the floor and kick your shoes off? Take yourself along to Chameleon on Temple Bar as this eatery is the ultimate in chilled-out dining. Focusing on Asian food, with a particular nod to Indonesian cuisine, they also offer the option to sit on the floor on comfy cushions around a big table for really intimate dining. The best kind of way to hang out with your friends, it’s like a great cross between dining out and having a pyjama party. We’re big fans of their Asian tapas featuring bao buns, nasi goreng, onions fritters and more, all perfect for sharing with the group.

Playing games

Token

Fancy adding a bit of fun into your night? Head down to Token, the retro gaming arcade in Smithfield. With 32 retro games, a pinball, and even a cinema screen. Think Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, and Pac Man and you’ve got the right idea. Their food is a “take on high-end fast food” and they serve up treats like waffles, hot dogs with names like “basic bitch”, and buttermilk fried chicken. There’s even a great selection of cocktails to keep you gaming! Make sure you book a table though, it’s always super busy!

Even more fun?

Buskers

Birthday ideas in Dublin you say? How about a game of ping pong? Of course! Foo’sball? You’d be stupid not to. Make like Joey and Chandler and book a spot at Buskers, Dublin’s coolest sports bar. You can play pool, ping pong, foo’sball and much more. Even catch up on the latest sports on their 12 screens showing rugby, football, and GAA. The gang can also fill up on burgers, pizzas, and dogs between games.

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