Looking (frantically) for a Christmas party venue in Dublin? If you’re the one tasked with organising the annual office shindig or a December get together for friends or family you’ll know that it’s not as easy a feat as it seems.
While it’s never too soon to start planning there’s no need to book a bog standard venue out of pure panic, settling for soggy sausage rolls and flat Prosecco.
Christmas Parties are big business for restaurants, bars and hotels nowadays and as a result all have upped the ante, offering festive packages with bells on, but, thankfully, no tinsel.
Whether you’re looking for boozy bash or a classier affair to impress your colleagues, we’ve made life easier for you by compiling a list of our tops picks of Christmas party venues in Dublin – and while we can guarantee you’ll have a night to remember at any of these spots, we can’t guarantee that regrettable snog won’t happen…
Turn up the heat on the chilly season with a night out at Saba, Thai restaurant. At either of their city centre locations, on Clarendon Street and Baggot Street, you can spice things up with their Christmas lunch or dinner menus complete with all of your Saba favourites. Fantastic cocktail venues in their own right, don’t even think about skipping on one of the delicious festive cocktails .
Forget the drab Christmas Party set menus of your past, get ready to drool with the likes of fillet of beef topped off with a mushroom duxelle, Roast Lobster and mini ‘Glamburgers on offer at Rustic Stone. Finish on a fruity note with a Strawberry Knickerbocker Glory Boost… that’s if you don’t decided to linger for drinks at the table or head upstairs to Bar Rustic, where the cocktails are just as delicious as the food.
This year after ten years as a private members’ club Residence opened its doors to the public for the first time and at the same time welcomed award-winning Executive Chef Peter Byrne who took over the helm at their fine dining experience, Restaurant FortyOne. With the combination of outstanding food and flawless service in unrivaled surroundings it makes an ideal venue for a Christmas gathering for food lovers looking for something really special.
Having hosted innumerable glamorous product launches, movie after parties and other scintillating parties, the creative events team at Zozimus are adept in the skill of throwing a great party. Throw into the mix the bar’s leading mixologists, the world’s finest wines, champagnes and whiskeys, great food and music playing late into the night and you’ve got a night to remember on your hands.
Whether you choose Yamamori Izakaya or Yamamori Sushi, Dublin’s oldest and largest Japanese restaurant family has you covered for a great night out this Christmas. Sit down with a group of up to 60 to enjoy an authentic sushi spread or keep it casual with their plentiful platters, served to up to 150 people. Either way you won’t have to go very far for post-dinner drinks with late night venues adjoining both restaurants, Tengu and the basement at Izakaya.
The Black Door
Harcourt Street is a haven for those partial to a late night in Dublin, and while you won’t ever see us suggesting you revisit certain spots what we can promote is a plush night out at one of the classiest late night venues on the strip, The Black Door. With belinis or bubbly on arrival as standard, this Georgian bar prides itself on its live music and entertainment which will set your Christmas party apart.
Looking for a Christmas party with a difference? Then step on board La Peniche, Dublin’s finest floating restaurant. Moored on the scenic Grand Canal, this remodeled river barge will whisk your group down the the canal as you enjoy great quality food either up on deck or down in in the charmingly cosy restaurant area below.
The Crypt in Christchurch
There are few party venues in Dublin more unusual than the magnificent Crypt under Christchurch Cathedral. The space will impress all the more when an extravagant five course banquet is served or simply turn the venue into a breathtaking stage for simple drinks and canapés. Set in the heart the historic city of Dublin this will be a Christmas party that itself will go down in history.
The first operational distillery in the city after a 125 year gap in tradition, Teeling Distillery has become a mecca for whiskey lovers. It would make perfect sense then to host a Christmas party here for a gang of whiskey aficionados. After an educational ‘Teeling’s Whiskey Tour’ you’ll have more than earned a wee dram, or three, afterwards at the Distillery’s bar.
Clontarf Castle Hotel
With a lantern lit driveway and fairy light adorned turrets to crackling log fires and festive carols, from the outside in Clontarf Castle Hotel pulls out all the stops at Christmas, and just as much thought goes into their Christmas party nights. Arrange for your workmates to descend upon the Great Hall for a five course dinner paired with entertainment, followed by a live band and DJ.
Herbert Park Hotel
Gather a group of up to 200 and descend upon the Herbert Park Hotel in the buzzy Ballsbridge. After a warm welcome in the lobby a festive feast awaits at The Pavillion restaurant, or slightly smaller groups of less than 100 can takeover the Lansdowne Suite to party the night away in a more private setting.
After a multi million renovation unveiled last year Conrad Dublin is primed to take on the Christmas party season with style and sophistication. While smaller numbers can book into the new Coburg Brasserie or have drinks at Lemuel’s cocktail bar the five star hotel also has several rooms that can seat up to eighty banquet style or host a drinks reception for 120 guests.
Hilton Dublin Kilmainham
Set just outside the city, boasting panoramic views of Dublin and the adjacent parks, the stylish spacious suites at Hilton Dublin Kilmainham are perfect for a private party of 70 to 120 guests. Mulled wine on arrival, a four course dinner and live DJ until late come as standard but their events team can also prepare a bespoke package to add some extra sparkle to your soiree.
Decked out in royal red theme throughout the year, Dylan Hotel is the ideal place to spend a luxurious festive night out. While they have the capacity to welcome a party of up to 80 guests in Tavern Restaurant for a more intimate get together the hotel will host your evening in the Library where roups of less than twenty can indulge in the spoils of Head Chef Mark Bodie’s Christmas inspired menu. Whatever location you choose end your night at the Dylan bar or fully heated terrace with one of their 12 Cocktails of Christmas in hand.
Raise the bar this Christmas with a five star soiree in The Trinity Suite at The Westbury. A prized private location for groups of ten to twenty, you’ll be wined and dined for the evening with a package that includes glass of Prosecco and canapés on arrival, and a four course dinner. Soak up the festive atmosphere on Grafton Street on your stroll to the prestigious hotel, head into the Sidecar bar after dinner, and maybe book into one of their bedrooms or suites to complete a night of festive splendour.
Get together with an intimate group of wine loving friends and slink downstairs to Cavern the cosy wine bar beneath Baggot Wines on Baggot Street. Order from the top notch wine list, or choose your favourite wine from upstairs, gorge on charcuterie and cheese boards, and laugh the night away – this is an evenibg set up you’ll want to repeat throughout the year.
White Friar Grill & Bow Lane
These two sister venues have come together for the ultimate Christmas party package. Get the party started at Whitefriar Grill with Weekend Brunch, Christmas Lunch or Christmas Dinner menus on offer then pop next door to cocktail bar Bow Lane to party the night away.
One of the hottest places to be seen, get the VIP experience at NoLita by booking one of the variety of stylish spaces available for a private dining experience, enjoying their authentic Italian cuisine, or cocktail reception. Afterwards join the electric atmosphere on the dance floor with top class acts keeping the party going all night.
The Mint Bar
Sink down into underground vaults of The Westin Dublin and raise the standards of your Christmas party to new heights The Mint Bar. Gather your cocktail loving friends together for a Cocktail Masterclass or book a table for a Friday and Saturday night to enjoy the dulcet tones of Dublin’s top singers and bands, who cover all yourb favourites from swing and jazz, to soul and disco.
With a swing in the lobby that was surely installed purely for selfies purposes, panoramic views of Dublin lit up at night and all round ‘Instagrammability’ Sophie’s, the rooftop bar perched atop the Dean Hotel, is slick choice for a sassy, seasonal night out with the girls.
There are few places smack bang in the centre of the city that boast a bar, restaurant, nightclub and heated terrace all under one roof, but that’s exactly what makes The Church top of the pile of party spots in Dublin. If a sit down meal seems a bit too stiff for a night with the lads, treat them instead to a feast of finger food and pints in either the Main or Cellar bars.
Beef and Lobster
Forget the turkey this Christmas, chef Oliver Dunne’s latest venture is all about beef and lobster. Don’t hold back when indulging your carnivorous side on sumptuous steaks and luxurious whole lobsters, making a mess is all part of the enjoyment at Beef and Lobster, so much so they even offer bibs.
Croke Park Hotel
Just across the road from Ireland’s greatest amphitheatre and epicentre of Irish sport, the Croke Park Hotel is the perfect place for sports enthusiasts to rendezvous. Arrange bespoke private dining or join one of their shared party nights, one of the best packages out there featuring DJ Ruth Scott as MC, live entertainment and a late bar.
If having a drink at the iconic Horseshoe or bustling No.27 bar at the Shelbourne Hotel is a Christmas tradition take things one step further this year and make it the venue for a very special soiree. For one night only, on December 14th, the hotel will host a spectacular shared group party, but throughout the month you can feast on festive lunch and dinner in The Saddle Room, or get together with the girls over their Christmas themed Afternoon Tea in The Lord Mayor’s Lounger
Whether you have a group of eight of eighty you’ll be guaranteed to be treated like royalty at the five star Fitzwilliam Hotel. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with cocktails and canapes or a superb sit down dinner at Citron restaurant and enjoy that sense of holiday excitement that overflows from the city streets outside and ripples like electricity through the hotel.
As with every aspect of their five star service the InterContinental Dublin take planning your Christmas get together very seriously. Let their dedicated ‘Christmas Team’ help you arrange a festive lunch with colleagues or a lavish dinner in the Seasons restaurant, or opt for a festive afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge, all while overlooking the twinkling lights of their inner Courtyard Garden.
Erica grew up with a baker and confectioner for a father and a mother with an instinct and love for good food. It is little wonder then that, after completing a law degree, she went on to do a Masters in Food Business at UCC. With a consuming passion for all things food, nutrition and wellness, working with TheTaste is a perfect fit for Erica; allowing her to learn and experience every aspect of the food world meeting its characters and influencers along the way.