Rathmines has been described as the “underdog” to Dublin’s central city.

Rathmines is considered one of Dublin’s coolest neighbourhoods. This could be a pity, as it’s not well-known. But, for the locals who love it, it’s quite under the radar. This is the perfect place for travelers who want to explore Dublin undiscovered.

Rathmines in Dublin is a hot spot for the young crowd. This includes me and my friends. This gem is a must-see if your trip to Dublin is planned. Here’s a guide that will show you the best places to visit in this trendy area.
An overview on Rathmines

Rathmines, located about 3 km south Dublin’s central business district. It is easily accessible by public transportation, but you can also walk the half-hour route if it’s nice. Rathmines has everything, from shopping to eating to clubbing or cultural entertainment. Rathmines boasts a fantastic nightlife.

This is Dublin’s most popular area for students and creatives. It exudes a youthful energy that gives it a vibrant, young feel. You will love this neighborhood if you prefer to avoid the tourist crowds at the city’s center. It’s very easy to reach Rathmines from Dublin via trams and buses. You should download the bus app in order to keep abreast of all schedules, routes, fares and other information.

Although taxis tend to be more expensive than other public transportation, they are usually more convenient and quicker. Local taxi drivers are a great resource of valuable information about the city. Let’s continue to the best things in Rathmines.


Blackbird is Dublin’s favorite pub. Blackbird has become my favourite spot in Dublin. My friends and I visit it every night on our nights out in Rathmines. The interior is dark and mysterious. Only antique lights and red candles lighten the place. I love this bar because of its laid-back atmosphere and the chilled vibe.

You can find board games, a pool table and the perfect Friday night playlist. Also, drinks and food prices are extremely affordable. Special deal for 12 Euros: Get a pizza and a pint! This is a popular hangout spot for students, young people, and it’s always busy.

Make sure to arrive early enough to reserve a place and get the Jenga set before the place becomes too crowded. Blackbird is always open, from 16:00 to Midnight on weekdays until 01:00 at weekends.


Copan is a little more refined than Blackbird. This place is best for those nights when you feel like splurgeing on cocktails and dressing up. This modern bar is centrally located in Rathmines.

This is an excellent option for people who enjoy a relaxed dinner. Copan’s unique design features are well-known, based on historical Mayan hieroglyphics. The restaurant’s hours are Monday to Friday, 16:00 till midnight, and weekends until the early hours.

Copan is most popular on Thursdays. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are great times to visit. It is best to book a reservation, especially during peak season.

Stella Theater

The Stella Theater in Rathmines is one of the most precious institutions. This cinema, which opened its doors in 1923 in Dublin, is a cultural symbol of Dublin. The 1920’s glamorous atmosphere was brought back by a recent renovation. The Stella cinema was Ireland’s largest, and featured a vast ballroom on the ground floor.

The building’s architecture is a piece theater in itself. But the cinema is still used. You can purchase tickets online, and the website has a list of rolling movies. Stella Cocktail Club upstairs takes the place in the original theater’s ballroom.

The bar overlooks Rathmines, and offers a romantic terrace to enjoy cocktails. Both the theater is open as well as the bar.

Camile Thai

This is Dublin’s best Thai restaurant. Camile Thai is a Thai restaurant that brings Thai food to Rathmines. It uses high-quality Thai ingredients and has highly skilled wok chefs.

Their mission to bring people together is true Thai style. This is done by making sure everyone can enjoy the Thai cuisine. The chefs use only grass-fed beef & pork, seasonal vegetables are local, and no MSG is added to their food. It is a great business to support.

Camile has branches across Dublin. I love the one in Rathmines. From 11:00 to 23.00, opening hours.

ICS Charity Shop

Rathmines’s ICS vintage charity shop is one the most well-kept secrets. The shop is relatively unknown, which is unfortunate as it contains so many well-loved treasures. The shop offers a huge selection of vintage goods such as clothes, household products and even art.

You can find fantastic souvenirs for your trip to Dublin, at bargain prices. But you’ll also be helping a good cause. The ICS is a group made up of charities that operate shops across Ireland to raise funds in support of their causes.

There are several locations of clothing donation banks in Dublin. Here you can donate any clothes that you don’t wish to take home. The Rathmines shop is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00 (and up to 20:00 on Thursdays), except Sundays.

Mother Reilly’s Pub

Mother Reilly’s, which is part the boutique Uppercross House Hotel, is another bar worthy of being included on our list. If you’re looking to do something different at night, this venue is for you.

There is always something going on here, including pub quizzes, comedy, live music performances (streamed live), open mic nights, and live sport games. The bar offers a selection of local beers, wines, and delicious light meals.

Dublin Sessions will keep everyone informed on all upcoming Mother Reilly’s events. Be sure to follow their website to stay up to date!


Dundrum, Dublin’s premier shopping district, is undoubtedly the best. Dundrum is considered a suburb. But it is so close you can still consider it part the Rathmines neighborhood.

The huge shopping mall is home more than 100 stores, a number of restaurants and cafés, 12 movie screens, a nightclub, bar, and a theatre. This center offers endless entertainment. Dundrum is the perfect place for indoor activities if you can’t visit the city because of bad weather.

The award for Ireland’s Most Family Friendly Shopping Center has been given to the center three times in a row. So families who travel with children can delight in the wide range of child-friendly entertainment Dundrum has to offer. The shops are open every day from 10:00 to 18:00, and the food courts are open until 21:00.

Two Fifty square

Two Fifty Square in Dublin is an industrial warehouse-style coffeeshop. It’s a nice place to have a change of scenery from the endless list of Irish pubs. The interior is super Insta-worthy with its stripped back elements of bleaches wood, metal and Scandinavian-inspired color scheme.

It is cool because they roast their own coffee beans. Two Fifty Square can be found just off Rathmines’ main street. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a cup or two of specialty coffee while you wait, or for those who need to work during the day.

Outside, they have a dog-friendly sitting area. This is a great benefit for dog-lovers! The cafe is always open between 08:00 and 18:00 each day.