Smoking is now banned in public buildings in Dublin which is fantastic.
You can go out all night and your hair and clothes won't end up stinking. The sooner this is brought in in the UK the better.
One disadvantage is that the smokers in the city end up congregating outside of the pubs so you have to fight your way through a crowd and haze of smoke to get in to the bar.
We spend sometime time here before going to mass @ St. Mary's which is right next door. The bartender was really friendly, and we even had a chance to meet one of the locals that had been coming in for more than 30 years, and always had his Guinness.
We were told by the manager that the upstairs used to be the the owner's residence until it was bought several years ago. If you walk upstairs, you can still see the resemblence of an old living room. Wonderfull old fashion Pub.
Too bad we got here very early in the afternoon and we missed the life music. The bartender was one of the friendlier bartenders that I have ever come upon. This place is a Gem. The musicians' corner downstairs attracts traditional players whom you would pay to see anywhere. Overall, its a cosy & all around great Pub.
I really liked this place, maybe because I ran into a fellow Portuguese Bartender. Popular with twentysomethings. It has Gaudi inspired walls. To some extent it feels as if yo uare drinking in a cavern of Turkish delight.
Last time I came to Dublin in 1998, one of the only pictures that I took (attached) was in front of this PUB. This year, 2006, I told myself that I would find it and take a picture in front of it again. This is an Irish theme bar in Ireland...a little strange, but OK. The place offers everything Irish you could ever want- Irish Dancing, Irish Music, Irish Foorball on the telly, and decent Irish food.
After the Guinness Storehouse, Harry & I came to Ryan's Pub to meet an old friend and his wife that I grew up in Spain, Charlie. Ryans of Parkgate Street is an excellent old style Dublin Pub. The bar area is done up in traditional Victorian fashion and it seems as if it has it's own unique personality. The food was excellent.
This was my favorite place to have a traditional Irish breakfast, and it is something of an institution. Peopled by a mix of rockers, students, tourist and professionals. It has a large patio outside that is perfect for people watching when the weather is nice.
This was our first stop on a PUB crawl after our day trip to Knock. Although it is in the middle of the city, it is a little bit hard to find. Take a look at the gorgeous exterior windows with the stained -glass. It has a Victorian room, marble topped bar and a gigantic Stag's Head.
This place is a bit hard to find ,but when you do find it, you will discover the OLDEST pub in Ireland. They claim to be in operation since 1198. It offers traditional music, open fireplaces and good food.
This was actually my favorite place in Dublin. It has an incredible beer menu with the best & more unique being the Oyster Stout. It has three floors with wooden decor, and live bands often play here. The Pub also sells excellent pub food at reasonable prices.
The Octagon Bar is located inside The Clarence Hotel which is Bono & The Edge's Hotel. We came here for a qwick drink prior to going out to dinner. It has a very simple decor & super expensive drinks (23 Euros for a Grey Goose Martini???). On the up side, the bartending staff was friendly and approchable. Make sure you enjoy the tasty nuts will you break your bank account.
Dress Code: Dress to impress
This is the bar where Harry and I decided to spend New Years Eve 2005-2006. It has a stunning interior in an opulent art deco style, reminiscent of turn-of-the-century France. There are three floors although we spent the majority of the time on the first floor.
Dress Code: It was New Years Eve, so we dressed rather nice.
OK, whatever you do, DON'T leave Ireland without havening participated in a pub-crawl. We found a flyer posted at our hostel advertising the pub-crawl we participated in. But we soon realized there were flyers everywhere for various pub-crawls. Check at the tourist information center if you don't happen top spot any.
For anyone who doesn't know, a pub-crawl is a group of people led by a local who takes the group from pub to pub where the good drinks and good conversation are never ending.
Still to this day my husband and I will say "remember that pub-crawl in Dublin?!" :-)
Dress Code: Ha ha ha -- dress code!!! Wear whatever's clever!
We had a great night at the Arlington Hotel.For a set price of 20 euros we watched traditional Irish dancing and music,we also had a three course dinner,after it was finnished there was a disco upstairs with excellent music.The Arlington is opened 7 nights a week.