Styled in Ireland / A Night Out in Dublin

June 26, 2013

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Hey friends, it’s time for another installment of Styled in Ireland. This time, we’re exploring what to wear for a night out in Dublin city – whether that’s dinner and drinks with a few friends, or maybe even a little dancing!

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Tips for Travelers:

One of the first things I noticed about Dublin when I moved here nearly five years ago, was that “going out” meant dressing up. Given, I grew up in China Village, which can really only be described as rural. Picturesque, but rural. You probably have to drive an hour and a half to get to a half-decent place where you could go dancing. I’ve also lived in a few cities (Los Angeles, Washington DC, Boston), but going out in Dublin seems decidedly less casual than most places in America.

The first lesson I learned was to skip the jeans, or at the very least, dress them up considerably. A lot of girls will wear dresses, but I usually opt for pants because I usually get too cold in transit. In these photos, I’m wearing a pair of skinny tuxedo pants from H&M. They have a little sheen to them, and they look great with a high pair of heels and a bright colored top.

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Highlight // Irish Designer

To highlight the trim on the collar of this fun red top, I picked a few pieces from Bow Boutique in the Powerscourt Centre. These are by the talented jeweler MoMuse. The length of that necklace was just perfect, and I love the delicate drop earrings – just enough sparkle for just about any place the night might take me!

IMG_8645 Now, for a few recommendations of where to go for a fun night out. Michael and I are really partial to 37 Dawson Street, which happens to be where these photos were taken. 37 Dawson has a restaurant as well as a lounge/dance area and a whiskey bar. Michael had his 30th birthday party there last year, and while I’ve yet to eat dinner there, the nibbles we tasted that night were really yummy.

night out 3 We’re also fans of 37 Dawson because the clientele is more twenties and thirties. Keep in mind, the legal drinking age in Ireland is 18, so if you’re older than early twenties, you’ll want to find a spot that doesn’t make you feel ancient!

If 37 Dawson gets a little crowded, Samsara next door is a little calmer. Or for dinner with a loungey vibe, you can try the Exchecquer Restaurant, which has a great cocktail menu. Fade Street Social is great for a night out, or if you happen to have a balmy, dry evening, the Marker Hotel rooftop bar is pretty special!

Missed the previous Styled in Ireland posts? Check them out here! Summer / Match Day / Afternoon Tea / Picnic / Chilly Weather / Wedding Guest / Date Night / Festive Paddy’s Day / Rainy Weather / Dublin Exploring

Top: Zara / Pants: H&M / Jewelry: MoMuse / Heels: Zara / Hair and makeup: Kristin Labanauskas / Photography: Julie Matkin, Half a Dream Away / Styling: Emily Westbrooks



  • Reply Canal Cook June 27, 2013 at 9:41 am

    That’s a lovely top! Where did you get it? I always wear dresses, pure Dublin I guess, but am trying to branch out a bit.

    • Reply emily June 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks, it’s from Zara! Good for you wearing dresses, I’m never that brave!

  • Reply Melissa July 28, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Your posts have been very helpful; we will be staying in Ireland the first week of August and I am completely flummoxed about packing, especially footwear. We will be 60% in the country/40% Dublin. Do I need Wellies (which would take up half my suitcase)? Should I be bringing leather boots for Dublin, even in the summer? Or can I bring sandals and flats?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    • Reply emily July 30, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Melissa, you’re coming during a great summer! We’ve had weather warmer than it’s been in 15 years. I’ve even worn sundresses! I would suggest perhaps waterproof hiking boots for the countryside, and flats for Dublin. It’s been fairly warm, high 60’s, low 70’s, and it looks set to stay that way. The sea side can be chillier, and nights are chillier, so pants and light cardigans are great. You’ll also want a rain jacket, but you’ll probably use it and sunglasses in the same afternoon! It’s just very changeable. Hope that helped! Feel free to send me an email if you have more questions! Enjoy your trip!

  • Reply Jody Halsted September 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Hi Emily. I’m looking forward to meeting you in Dublin. Had to review this post for ideas on opening night at Guinness Storehouse. Might not be a bad idea to reshare it with the TBEX crowd!

    • Reply emily September 13, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Oh, really looking forward to meeting you too, Jody! Yes, I might see if they want to use it on their blog, great idea actually! 🙂 I’ll see you at the Guinness Storehouse!

  • Reply Sarah November 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Hi we are coming to dublin end of nov. What ideas can you give for what to wear on a night out. We have limit luggage allowance .

  • Reply Katie March 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Hi there. Lovely blog.

    Myself and a few friends are coming to Dublin on Wednesday for two nights. We were wondering what to wear at night. We don’t want to go too dressy as it is midweek. We are looking for a really good night out both nights – do you have any suggestions?

    Any help would be really appreciated. Thanks, Katie x

  • Reply Jona February 18, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Emily! Just came across your post on Pinterest and I’m glad I did! Great info! My sister, friend, and myself will be coming to Ireland in the middle of May. We will be in Dublin for 2 days (including a Friday and Sat night), then in Belfast for 2 days, then we are driving clockwise around the country. I have absolutely no idea of what to pack. We will want to go out to pubs and maybe even some dancing. Any suggestions on what to pack and where we should try to go?


    • Reply emily February 18, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Oh wow! You have a big adventure ahead of you! The weather should warm up by May, but you’ll still most likely want pants and layers, including a jacket that’s waterproof, since the weather is so changeable at all times. I almost always go with skinny pants/jeans and layers,then bring a blazer I can throw over it to dress up the outfit for the evenings. You can swap between sneakers for exploring and pretty flats or heels for the evening time as well. As for where to go, Donegal is amazing ( and so are the Aran Islands off Galway. You really can’t go wrong if you’re doing a loop around the country! Just try to stay in one place long enough to really appreciate it. Safe travels!

      • Reply Jona February 19, 2015 at 12:30 am

        Thanks so much for the info! Our trip actually ends in Galway. What pubs and/or dance clubs would you recommend in Dublin for a really great Irish experience and fun? We are all in our mid to late 20s if that makes a difference. Thanks again!

  • Reply Elena January 11, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I’m going to Ireland in early March for my spring break. We’re flying into Dublin and then traveling to different cities after that. What do I wear? We will be going to the main sites as usual because I’m going with my university but I want to make sure I have the right outfits!!

  • Reply Aundrea August 10, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Emily, I found your blog while researching Ireland for an upcoming trip. I will be with a group tour of 20 the will be there Aug. 26-Sept. 3rd….. We are all super excited and would appreciate any advice that you might have to share…. What to wear will be most helpful, especially for nights out as we built a lot of free time into our evenings for nights out. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you!

  • Reply Regina Carp February 2, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Ok, please don’t think I’m a stalker, but I might have just become your biggest fan! I commented on one of your other posts that my husband and I as well as our 17 year old daughter will be moving to Ireland late this summer and I’ve been trying to find out what to wear to nicer restaurants and have had no luck until now. We’re considerably older than you (47 and 57) and can throw down with the best of them in a pub, but we do enjoy our fine dining and usually do extensive research as to where to dine in whatever country we’re in( heading to Dubai next week and the dining is incredible there!!!) Going to check out all the restaurants you mentioned and now I have a much better idea what to pack for our upcoming March Dublin exploratory trip. Thank you!!!!!

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