While we're here, we may as well go inside and grab a brew. A word of warning though. This is one of the few places in Dublin that does NOT serve Guinness! I swear it, there is in fact a pub in this city that refuses to stock the mighty Guinness. It's hard to believe, I know. It floored me too.
The Porterhouse prides itself (rightly so, too) on it's own fine brews. We happened to be there during Octoberfest, and they did import some of Germany's finest brews to honor our Germanic brothers and sisters, but the specialities of the house are their own superb brews, so this is a good place to sit back, relax, and be a little treasonous to the stalwart king of Ireland's breweries, Guinness!!!
Are Dublin pubs the city main attraction? Probably this is true for an overwhelming majority of Dublin's visitors, and I can be included in that lot ;-) After all, five million visitors a year couldn't be wrong, could they? The fact is that Dublin contains an outstanding and diverse collection of pubs, some of them unforgettable, some of them better to forget. Finding your favorite pub will be an interesting and certainly joyful activity during your visit.
Fondest memory: Listening a deliciously sad Irish ballad, while tasting a deliciously sour pint of Guinness… I can think in a million things worst than that ;-)
do a Dub pub crawl - me and my brother doing the very thing in this picture! This is a definite must-do here; start early in the afternoon in town somewhere and 'work' your way through Publin!
Make sure to check Dublin Pub Scene for all the best pub info!
Fondest memory: The openness of the people and their wonderful accent! You have to try and visit the city during the St Patrick's Day celebrations (around 17 March) and see the people go mad. The only way to survive all this is to join in the festivities; not a very hard task really ;-)
Ok... I must say the truth normally I'm not really a pub and beer lover. But Dublin's pub really made me change my mind.
It was one of the best party atmosphere I had ever seen, people are so friendly and talk to you really easily. And even if they're totally drunk they're still happy and funny.
The Guiness is a little strong for me, but still I tasted it because it's part of the fun. The pubs in themselves are very beautiful, and there's always some cool music going on.
I just can't wait to go back...
Fondest memory: All the girls dressed up for "Hen Parties" were so hilarious !! Especially a group of eldery women dressed in police uniform... that was unique !
There is an Official Dublin Pub guide each year...
If you wish to purchasee a copy of 'THE OFFICIAL DUBLIN PUB GUIDE 2003"
you can get one by sending a cheque/postal order for 7.99 Euro (including postage and packaging) to:
Dublin Pub Guide 2003
13 Windsor Place
Fondest memory: Don't forget to add your name and address and allow them some 14 days for delivery from recept of payment....which is reasonable, don't you think so??
In this special Guide you will find everything about:
** late bars
** pub finder.....
Even if your not a real pub person there can me a touch of magic in a good Irish pub.
Maybe thats why they are all over the world because we all want to be a little bit Irish.
Fondest memory: why have one pint when you can have 2 ????
Watching sport in pubs is great especially during the GAA final! premiership all year long, ryder cup now (golf)...I use this website for the sports schedule in dublin bars : www.sports-in-bars.ie. Dublin is a city for watching sports in bars!
Fondest memory: The world cup semi final 2006 France/Brazil at the Major Tom, all pubs packed in Dublin !!
such a great atmosphere !
Favorite thing: This was once one of Dublin's grand banks that went out of business. It was finally taken over by one of Dublin's architectural patrons and made into one of her finest pubs. The interior of the building retains it's banking history, complete with marble floors, walls, and one of the finest stained glass skylights in the city. It's a beautiful place to knock down an evening's pint while in Dublin.
Favorite thing: Before crossing the HaPenny from south Dub to north, let's stop just around the corner from Molly Malone and Trinity College for a pint at the Bank Pub.
Favorite thing: My favorite bar tender was at the Bank Pub. Dave was from northern Ireland, working his way around the world. His next stop was planned in Colorado.