I would say that pubs are the most popular 'attraction' in Dublin. You will really enjoy going from pub to pub, where you often have the opportunity to attend live concerts of Irish music. Most of the times these concerts are free, but it can happen that you have to pay 5 or 10 Euros for the concert specially at nights.
We had a couple of beers at The Temple Bar and Oliver St. John Gogarty while we were listening to Irish live music for free.
A must is checking out the traditional Irish bars and pubs Dublin has to offer. Some really good (although not cheap) ones are "The Hairy Lemon" and "The Turks Head" (Temple Bar area just as you come over the bridge.
Fagan's Pub is a nice and huge Irish pub. It is in walking distance of the hotel where we stayed (20 mins walk from the Regency Airport Hotel) in Drumcondra. They serve huge portions of food and the first time we went there we had already eaten - which was a pitty because that stuff looked really nice! On the weekends you see everybody having nice food and lots of beer with it :-) We realised that they do not cook on Sunday evenings, so we had to leave without tasting the food :-(
If you aren't a Guinness fan, if you don't have a taste for Jameson or Tullamore Dew, you can still enjoy a taste of Ireland by sipping a Baileys on ice available in pubs found about every three fee in Dublin.
Brilliant way to experience traditional Irish music, learn a bit about it, have a laugh, and enjoy a few pints all at the same time!!
2 Irish musicians take you to a few pubs (special reserved area in the pub), and then tell you all about Irish music, play you many different tunes and songs, teach you a bit about the instruments - all with a bit of comedy too!! My stomach hurt by the end of the evening!!
The whole thing lasts about 2 and 1/2 hours and costs about 12euro's - well worth it!!
The literary pub crawl leaves out of the Duke pub every night at 7:30pm and lasts about 2 hrs. It is led by two actors, who act out passages and plays written by Ireland's finest! The actors were very talented and hilarious. They kept us entertained the entire time, and it was one of the best things we did in Dublin. Along the crawl we went to four pubs: O'Neils, Old Stand, The Duke, and one more that I can't remember! Even if you know nothing about Irish literature (which I didn't), you'll still have a fantastic time.
This pub was lovely and warm and friendly. They were just as happy to serve bread and vegetable soup and a cuppa tea as to pour pints of Guinness. The soup was fabulous, just what I needed on a chilly February day.
We spent our last night in Dublin on a Pub Crawl! It was great; we went to three different pubs in the Temple Bar area. The two hosts of the crawl played traditional Irish music in each pub. We learned about some of the history of Irish music, and instruments - it was a neat experience!!
This is Irelands smallest pub... it is warm and cosy and had a nice atmosphere.
Friends was showing on its 14" screen TV and while we were there small groups of people were having an after work drink.
Same idea as the Literary Pub Crawl. A group of musician tour guides take you from bar to bar singing the songs of Ireland. The tour begins at 7:30 every night. This can be really fun when with a lively group of people who aren't afraid to sing.
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