I like Smithfield Square because it is 20min away from the busy streets in the city center, however it still is quite lively, mainly during many of the events which take place here.
Lots of music, pet and sport events take place in Smithfield Square, and most of the times they are free, which is great.
Check out the website to see which events are scheduled to take place soon.
If there are no events at the moment, don’t worry, Smithfield has some of the best cafes, restaurants and bars, together with attractions as the Jameson Distillery / Museum and the Light House Cinema.
If you like arcade games, “Token” may be the place for you as it is a restaurant and bar with lots of arcade machines, check it out.
The Cobblestone, which is one of the most popular traditional music pubs in Dublin, is also located in Smithfield.
At the top of the square there is a small green which is great to sit down and have a picnic.