Parched from a hard day of shopping and sightseeing, we settled down at an outside table at Wollenskys for a refreshing beverage.
Wollenskys is a Bar & Restaurant in Temple Bar, and was the only place we could find where we could sit outside and enjoy the mild summer evening.
The waiting staff were very friendly and the beer cold. The dinner menu looked good, but we didn't end up eating here.
Dress Code: They let us in with jeans and sneakers....
I don't know where to start, there are pubs and clubs everywhere in Dublin. We went to quite a few like the Lord Edward, The Vat House, Mess Maguires, The Temple Bar, and the Auld Dubliner to name just a few. Most serve pub food but most I saw until only 10-11PM.
The Temple bar pubs were full of Tourists, but when we went to the Lord Edward near Christchurch Catherdral we were with some of our Irish friends and we met lots of friendly locals and had lots of good craic.
The prices for pints in Dublin are the highest on the country. In Temple bar expect to pay 4-5 Euro for a pint of Guiness, Carlsberg, and my new favorite Bulmers (hard cider) I never got any mixed drinks so I can't give a price.
You have to go to a pub in Dublin.. It's mandatory.
Dress Code: Well pubs are casual but I wouldn't show up wearing shorts and a T-shirt with sneakers (runners) most men I saw in pubs wore dress/button down shirts with khaki pants or nice jeans with casual shoes. The ladies seemed to dress up more with alot wearing dresses and heels but it vary's from pub to pub.
This place has been a fixture in my two trips to Dublin. In 2004 Ken brought us here after a little tour of the area. We had a great time and enjoyed the atmosphere. Kathy and Tania even were interviewed by a French TV station regarding the coming (then) smoking ban in Dublin.
But it was the second trip that this pub shined. We found a home under the stairs there. Finding ourselves here both days in Dublin on this trip and in the same seats because we were so comfortable and it was so cold outside. Most of the pics will be of us under the stairs.
Dress Code: Casual
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.
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
This pub dates back to Victorian times.. Claims to be more than 300 years old. It is full of antiques and has a wonderfully warm atmosphere. The place could do with a paint . You won't find fashionable people in here, just the locals and your nearly guaranteed a banter with them,and tourists who come to look at the decor. Full of filigree-edged mirrors, brass jugs, chandeliers and a pendulum clock that 250 years old. You will also find portraits of historical figures and even a pair of rifles on the wall. Visitors have included Phil Lynott from the excellent band Thin Lizzy and Mo Mowlam.
Georges Street off Dames Street.
Dress Code: Very casual, jeans sneakers / and or trainers permitted. No door men..
The Oliver ST.John is another great pub with traditional music,it also has a lovely restaurant with a traditional Irish menu.Irish music can be heard daily from 2.30pm-2.30am.There are self catering apartments and room accommodation to rent as well.
Authentic Irish Music bar that serves the best Guiness in traditional surroundings.
We managed to grab a seat (this bar is apparently always packed) and admired all the photos of the various musicians that have performed there including the Dubliners and the Chieftains - O Donoghues remains one of the few authentic bars that remains popular with locals and tourists alike.
Go there, be prepared to wait for a seat and enjoy one of the impomptu music sessions.
Dress Code: Casual.
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
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
This pub located off Grafton street, very casual. Known as a country pub since you won't find many Dubliners in there but l doubt that. l am told the pint of guinness is good. The pub is over 200 years old and the front entrance used to be a grocery store selling bread and local groceries, upstairs was the living rooms and bedrooms. The bar still has that feel of a house and most of the original furniture remains there. There are several snugs in the bar which were used for women. In Ireland years ago, women were not allowed to drink in the main bar.
South Anne Street, off Grafton Street.
Dress Code: Anything goes.. but mostly casual.
The Dawson lounge is Dublin's smallest pub. Can comfortably seat 35 and the barman told me that as many as 100 people can fit it, but that's sitting on the stairs and standing. The pub is always packed at night. During the day is probably a better time to vist where you can have a chat with the barman and a quiet pint. If you're really tall this is not the place to go. It's dark inside and tiny of course.
Dress Code: Anything goes but it's not a glamours place for showing off your clothes.
This was orginally a bank, now turned into a pub. Nice interior and they also have a copy of the book of kells in a glass case. The bar staff will actually turn the pages for you upon reguest. Great if you don't want to pay to see the real thing. Personally l could not tell the difference. The toliets are located down stairs in the vaults, of which you will see several huge safe's. I did try to open one but was not that lucky. On a cold night they light the fire's which is such a welcome and gives a nice atmosphere if your lucky enough to grap a seat beside the fire.
Dress Code: Casual dress.
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 Temple bar is a great place for a drink and listening to some fab Irish music,Est in 1840 and selling over 180 different whiskeys.It also has a beer garden which was nice,the pubs in Dublin get very crowded.