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Five places to go

Ostensibly the city's best-kept secret, the Hacienda is often mistaken for a closed and/or defunct pub. Once you pass muster at the door however, the vibe inside is inclusive, friendly, eccentric and laid-back.

If you're a music snob who can't handle the madding crowds at the Workman's, Kennedy's is the place for you. Don't let the generic decor fool you – the bar boasts the best tunes in the capital and now hosts vinyl afternoons on Sundays.

The Royal Oak is a bit of a trek from the city centre, but very much worth the pilgrimage. Locals sit side by side with Kilmainham's new influx of hipster types in this unpretentious gem.

Stoneybatter has been attracting artsy and pretentious types for a while and those who prefer a quiet pint among their own kind take to this vintage bar. If you do manage to secure the snug, then so much the better.

There has been no scrimping on the style front with this relative newcomer. No detail has been spared in creating this dark and secretive space teeming with period features. The cocktails may be on the pricey side, but their desserts are easily among the best in the country.