Wow was this place busy. It was mid/late Saturday afternoon and the place was packed with football fans. As such Liz wasn't thrilled to be in here. But I wanted to check it out since it had been recommended to me.
I actually ordered a stella and was happy enough with it. Just being in out of the cold was worth it to me though.
This was the se cond bar that I stopped at on my latest visit to Dublin. It is an Aussie bar, with two massive screens and various tv screens showing all the latest football, rugby and (more than likely) other types of sports as and when it happens.
I really enjoyed being in this bar, especially due to the football being on, there was a g reat atmosphere and the bar staff were constantly waiting on your hand foot to make sure you had everything you needed and/or wanted.
**When** I go back to Dublin, I will definatly make the effort to go back into here. It was like my local away from home
Dress Code: I went during the day (both days running) and there was no dress code at all. You could wear what you wanted and unlike most places in Birmingham, wasn't funny about a mix of football tops from all different teams being in one place.
Of an evening though, as I walked past, there was a sea of South African rugby tops outside so I'm guessing they never had much of a strict dresscode of an evening - but don't quote me on that!
There are 2 O'Donoghue's in the city. One is in Temple Bar and we were told it is inferior to the original one on Merrion Row. So, we headed to Merrion Row. Here, we found 2 crowded inside bars and a beer garden that was packed. We found a small table in the back room and enjoyed watching the groups come and go. Upstairs were clean bathrooms - a plus in any pub! More importantly, however, our young bartender really did serve a well-pulled pint of Guinness.
There were quite a few tourists but also many Dubliners who just stopped in for a pint and a chat. I believe that the music was starting late in the evening but it was in another room.
Dress Code: Casual
A pretty young crowd and very cheesy music...you may be wondering why I recommend this place at all! the reason is that it's free in and late opening, which is the reason it is packed to the gills every Friday and Saturday night. It's not right in the middle of town but handy enough fi you are staying Ballsbridger Merrion Square. It's spread over three floors with various dancefloors and a massive outdoor terrace for the smokers upstairs at the back.
Dress Code: Semi formal-no obvious running shoes or shorts on men
Hairy Lemon; Lower Stephen Street (close to Geroge's St)
Kehoes; South Anne St (off Grafton St)
The Globe; George's St
Bruxelles; Grafton St
just a few of my favorites...
Dress Code: No dress code.
Here at Johnnie Fox' Pub, you can get delicious pub lunch or an evening of entertainment. The menus for both food and evening entertainment has never been a let down. Been here a few times over the years. This definatly has that 'Irish' feel.
There is live entertainment each night and a real live hooley show every now and then - you need to book for that though.
Got recommended to a little place north of the Liffey and off O Connell St .
Went along and found a great bar brimming with people singing, dancing and musicians playing traditional music.
This was more like it!
The KB and I were momentarily mortified when our camera dissappeared from right under our noses, thinking that these people weren't the type to nic it, only for it to just as mysteriously reappear 10 mins later. It seems, the local boys (Christy & Paddy he he ) decided that we might like some shots of the locals so we could remember them on return to the UK.
Amusing comments like 'the Yank's alright' (BB is from the U.S.A.) and the like continued throughout, while our glasses were refilled at an alarming rate and we sang and danced along to 'Black Velvet Band' , 'Dirty Old Town' and traditional reels with great gusto.
Recommended (if I could only remember what it's called!)
Dress Code: Jeans, relaxed.
The Odeon is located in the old Harcourt street station waiting room and as a result has a wonderful double height ceiling which gives it an airy feeling - so totally unlike a traditional Irish pub (if thats what you're looking for don't go here!). The decor is trendy. Its nice for brunch tho very suity and a bit pretentious during the week. Nevertheless its handy if you live anywhere along the southern Luas (tram) line, as the stop is right outside the door.
Dress Code: During the week, pretty dressy
I only ended up here because it is one of the very few pubs which have late licence on weekdays. Think it closed at 1.30 on a wednesday night.
The pub itself is huge and not really my cup of tea (they played German music...DJ Ötzi....the last thing I want to hear on holidays :-). But ok for a last pint of course!!
This is highly recommended. The pub is Irelands first Microbrewery and has won awards for ales brewed on the premises. You also have the choice of different beers from around the world. So if your looking for a Kiwi or Aussie beer this is the place to go, along with many different beers from Europe, including Spain, Germany, and Holland and France. Be prepared to pay dearly for these beers. A french beer cost me 10 euros. Good craic with the barmen, they are always friendly and helpful. You can order a sample tray with small glasses of all ten beers that the company produce to discover which one you fancy before ordering a full pint. This is the only Dublin pub not to sell Guinness. Don't expect to walk out the door in a straight line after this experience. Lots of loud music and very busy during the weekend. Your sure to meet lots of Irish people in here.
Dress Code: Casual. No sneakers or sports shoes.
Just across the road from the International Bar, the Old Stand offers food a cut above what you might expect in a bar and is also usually a bit quieter than most bars in the area if you want to have a conversation without shouting. Its also one of the oldest pubs in the city, although you wouldn't guess from its current decor.
Dress Code: Whatever
St Mary's Church dates back to 1702 when it was built for the Church of Ireland by architect Sir William Robinson, who was also responsible for the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, now the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). It remained in church hands until 1986, when it closed and reopened as a lighting shop! Fortunately it was saved from this fate and restored to its former glory to emerge in 2005 as Keatings pub.
Its fascinating to see how they have managed to create a fun bar and restaurant while retaining original features (its a listed building after all). Theres usually a varied crowd. The food and service is good. The main aisle of the church is now the bar, with the pews being replaced by comfy leather armchairs and bar stools. The balconies overlooking the central space have been converted into the restaurant, although you can also eat elsewhere. Theres a cool basement bar and various other nooks and crannies which make this a much bigger place than it looks from outside. They do great cocktails and the food is good. On a sunny day theres a big beer garden to sit out in. All in all a great place, though a traditional Irish pub it isn't!
Dress Code: Casual to dressy depending on you!
The flowing tide is a nice old pub just across the road from the Abbey theatre. As such its usually the place the actors from shows go so if you really want to congratulate someone on their performance . . . .
Dress Code: Zip
Just of O'connell street over the liffey is the Temple bar where most people go for a night out, also in and around that area you can catch some live music. there are many bars in this area here is a bit of a list but you would find your own way.
Oliver St. John Gogarty's
The Ha'penny Bridge Inn
The Palace Bar
The Legal Eagle.
Dress Code: No wearing your under pants on your head
I highly recommend a pub crawl with fellow vters. We had so much fun and they know the cool places to go that we would have never found ourselves. One of which was Dawson Lounge that claims to be Dublins smallest pub. There were 8 of us and we pretty much filled the place! It is a tiny pub down a staircase with a very tall bartender.
Dress Code: no dress code