Traditional Pubs, Dublin
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
the duke is one several literary pubs. these pubs were the hang out of some of dublin's famous writers and poets. these pubs hosted brendan behan, james joyce, patrick o'flaherty, flann o'brien, j.p. donleavy and more. there are guided tours of dublin's literary pubs.
The Brazen Head, oldest pub in Dublin . The only pub in Dublin that has a court yard and on a nice evening you can sit outside, but do take your umbrella. Just in case. The Brazen head is divided into several rooms all with a great atmosphere. Great mix of people. Very touristy at night when the music starts and also on a Sunday afternoon. They also serve food.
Fitzsimons located in Temple Bar
Go here if you want to see Irish Dancing.. Very touristy.. however the craic is always good and you meet a mixture of people. Club downstairs with loud music..
"O Shea Merchant" at Merchant Street, 10 minutes east of Temple Bar along the Liffey river. The taxi driver gave us this advice.
A restaurant with pub meals for about 9 euro in the afternoon. Evening meals for about 12-16 euro. Food is good. At the saturday evening we where there, they pushed us too much to finish our meal in 40 minutes... at 22.00 hrs the music began. It was a band playing country music. Abou 24.00 hrs they changed in 70/80' s and the dance floor was full. In an on other more barlike hall next door was the Irisch music. There were no tourist, but all Irisch middle class people (somewhere between George and Mildred and Mildreds sister and husband). For the ones that are not too keen on new thrills and modern culture it is a nice experience.
Dress Code: Anything will do.
This is reputed to be the longest pub in Ireland. It runs to about 330 feet. The pub got its name from the time when soldiers of the Blackhorse regiment were stationed in the Phoenix Park which runs along its walls. The soldiers would buy drink from the whole in the wall, which meant that they werenÂ’t breaking military regulations by entering into the pub whilst on duty. Inside the pub there are 6 interconnected bars all with roaring log fires, snugs, stained glass windows and carved furniture. A delightful place to go on a Sunday afternoon, or in fact the evening. At the end of the bar there is a Mezzanine Bar upstairs with loud music. Bands normally play here at weekends. Also on a Sunday morning you can listen to traditional Irish music.
Dress Code: Casual during the day. No sneakers in the music bar at night.
A great place to go again especially on a Saturday afternoon. Can get crowded at the weekends. Brendan Behan and Paddy Kavanagh (both famous writers) hung out in this pub as well as other literary people. If the bar gets to packed you can go upstairs when its slightly bigger and has more tables. The building dates back to about 1873 and was orginally Dublin's Morgue. Its a great place to meet for a few drinks before you start exploring the rest of Dublin.
Dress Code: Casual