Well this is my kind of pub. Its out of town in a neighborhood and as such has cheaper pricing than most of those we frequented during this trip.
The food was only so so here but I'd still come back again.
Has a real local feeling and honestly made the perfect place for a last drink of the evening.
The guy here acted like it was a bother for us to come in. On an evening when it was fairly slow.
Oh well. I had the one, she had none and we moved on.
But it was a nice pub, with some private seats and some open seats making one feel comfortable no matter what they're looking for.
This pub was much of an afterthought in that we were in the area for the fish place and when we left there disappointed I said lets go in the pub.
This is a very popular place in Suffolk Street who have great live music and serve lovely food. A couple of points on the downside were that we sat there for about 20 mins before the manager came and told us that the one meal I had picked off the menu (cod and chips) wasn't actually available that evening. That wasn't too bad as I just picked something else but the poor family next to us were sat for OVER an hour waiting for their meals to arrive. Mine still arrived before theirs.
When mine came it was slightly overcooked and the peas I was expecting with it were just this strange little pot of mashed and chilled processed peas... I don't have a problem with processed peas.... I know some people like them... but chilled?? I mean out of the fridge chilled!! I can't remember what we paid for the meal now .... but it is a reasonably priced place to eat which makes it very popular.
Anyway we also had a Guinness and a Baileys and those drinks came to 9.25Euros.
Dress Code: Anything
The best old (as opposed to old-style) pubs in Dublin city centre are, for my money -
- Mulligans, Poolbeg St (very near O'Connell Bridge, down a side street)
- Kehoe's - South Anne Street, Just off Grafton Street
- The Long Hall, South Great Georges Street
- The Palace Bar, Fleet Street
- Grogans Pub, 15 South William Street
Inevitably these places will have the best Guinness.
Dress Code: No dress code
This pub was highly recommended to me for its quality of food and its nice atmosphere. And indeed, I haven't been disappointed. I was there on a Sunday evening and it was very calm inside, only a couple of locals. One of them started to talk about women playing rugby and how terrible this was and then noticed me. To apologize, he offered us a drink. ;-) I just love Dubliners ;-)
From the outside, the pub wasn't really inviting, but we decided to give it a try. No disappointment, this was a pub like I love them: quiet, traditional, cosy interior and some locals. We had a talk about Europe, prices, ... with the friendly bartender.
Very close to the Four Courts.
VT-member Horseskoby introduced me to this pub. It was a very nice, traditional pub where there's place and time for a nice conversation. It is situated close to Heuston train station and Phoenix Park.
Thanks Fergal for showing me this nice piece of Dublin!
The Porterhouse chain only has five pubs - in Bray, Temple bar (Dublin) , Glasnevin (why ?) and 2 in London.
The pub in Parliment Street is perhaps mainly frequented by tourists and beer-lovers, rather than 'locals' , but is still very worthwhile sampling.
The signs in the pub could be seen as a direct dig against Guinness -
e.g "Home of the best stout in the world", when the Guinness brewery is only about half a mile up the road. Another sign says "Home of the largest Irish-owned brewery in the world".
They brew eight different beers here, including several stouts (originally called Porters after the men who used to drink the stuff in ancient markets), ales and lagers.
I was especially enamoured of the Porterhouse Red, which was a fine hoppy brew.
This micro-brewery is a refreshing throwback to the days when the Liffey was lined with small breweries - before the days of mass production and mass-marketing. Support it - and enjoy it!
in my opinion the stags head is one of the nicest pubs in dublin. dating back to 1770 it has beautiful woodwork and interesting stained glass windows. even for those who do not drink it is worth stopping in for a look.
Dress Code: casual.
Despite all the modern developments around the city Dublin is still well-blessed with some cracking proper pubs - the pubs being on pretty much the same level of sanctification as the churches.
As I walked past late-ish on a Sunday evening my beer nose told me that Bowes, tucked away slightly off-the-beaten-path at the College Street end of Fleet Street, would be a "John Pub" and so it was! The pub dates from the 19th Century and still has its original fittings. The long wooden bar with its row of bar stools has stained-glass dividers which create smaller more intimate areas, the walls are dark wood-panelled but with plenty of mirrors to prevent the place appearing gloomy and the banquette seating creates individual spaces which are ideal for small groups.
Service is Dublin-friendly, the locals chatty and the Guinness as good as it gets (and slghtly cheaper than most). The pub is open from Midday till Late, 7 days a week and serves bar food all day.
Sunday night is music night which attracts some serious traditional musicians and the bar fills with mostly local afficiandos. On my only visit the music was great (none of the kitschy stuff designed solely for the tourists), the atmosphere relaxed and just generally good craic - well worth seeking out!
Dress Code: Don't be silly - this is a proper pub! But as always scantily-clad women are appreciated .p
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