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Dublin Pass Including Free Entry to Over 30 Attractions
"Select a 1- 2- 3- 5- or 6-day Dublin Pass when you book. Then collect your pass from the redemption point in central Dublin or Dublin Airport.Your pass is valid for your choice of consecutive calendar days and offers free access to more than 30 top Dublin visitor attractions including skip-the-line entry to select landmarks as well as host of other privileges and special offers. Among other benefits
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Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin
"The beautiful coastal drive from Dublin to Glendalough takes you past Dun Laoghaire Harbor Dalkey and Killiney. These exclusive suburbs on the out reaches of Dublin are home to Ireland's rich and famous including U2's Bono Enya and film director Neil Jordan. Then driving through the Wicklow Mountains you'll soon understand why this area is known as 'the Garden of Ireland’.You'll continue on to the green mountains of Wicklow County where you'll stop for morning tea (additional cost) at Avoca Handweavers. The oldest wool mill in Ireland Avoca Handweavers is a great place to shop for high-quality Irish crafts.The next stop on your Wicklow tour in Glendalough
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The 1916 Dublin Tour - Beyond Barricades
"From the moment guests arrive at the first stop they are thrown into the midst of Easter 1916 as prominent Irish republican Helena Moloney who fought front and centre during the rebellion guides them onto the bus in the midst of the sounds of gunfire and commotion. Thus begins a thought-provoking and interactive 90 minute tour taking in some of the most prominent scenes of Easter Monday 1916 and its direct aftermath including City Hall Dublin Castle St. Stephen’s Green
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Traditional Pubs Tips (73)

The Oliver St John Gogarty: Traditional Pubs

This pub features daily traditional Irish music along with decent food. It's a little on the expensive side but worth it with all day traditional Irish music on this multifloor establishment. Just down the street from the Temple bar.

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Oct 12, 2015

The Long Hall: Great pint and atmosphere

I had seen the Long Hall featured on Anthony Bourdain's The Layover and had to check it out. I went there two of the nights I was in Dublin and it has by far the best pint in my opinion. They bartenders are friendly and the people I spoke with while there offered great conversation. I highly recommend this place for the best pint of Guinness, nice decor and good craic!

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Sep 21, 2015

Mc Daids: Traditional Pubs - Day and Night

Mc Daids is one of Dublins pubs that regularly features on the 'Top 10' Traditional Pubs in Dublin.
We chose to go here after viewing the statue of Phil Lynott, which is opposite this pub. We'd just been to the Green Gallery in the Stephen Green Shopping centre, where there was a sketch of Philo posing outside McDaids.

McDaids was established in 1779, previously it was sited at another nearby location on Chatham Street.
This present building was previously one of Dublins morgues (it was also a one time Moravian Chapel) This was a favoured place for Irish writers including Patrick Kavenagh. McDaids was the setting for Grace, by James Joyce.
Our visit was on a Saturday lunchtime, and surprisingly, it wasn't too busy. We took a stool at the bar and waited for our Guinness to be poured. There is a selection of bitters and lagers too - Kilkenny, Smithwicks, Heineken, Carlsburg, Becks and Stella Artois, as well as wines and spirits - (there looked to be a good selection of Irish (and Scottish) Whisky/Whiskey) as well as soft drinks/tea and coffee. A traditional pub with dark wooden furnishings and fittings. Some lovely old tiles on the walls and bar, stained glass and old mirrors.

There are plenty of interesting articles in frames on the wall, including the history of McDaids and James Joyce amongst others. Photo's of past visitors also - check out Hilary Clinton enjoying a drink here!. This bar is opposite the 5* Westin Hotel%L, where the rich and famous stay when they're in Dublin.

Smoking area at the front of the pub.

Sports, particularly Rugby, are shown on the TV screen in the bar.

Dress Code Casual attire, but No Stag Party gear! We witnessed one such group dressed casually, but 'the stag' was dressed as a leprechaun - No way was the bar tender allowing them in!

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May 31, 2015

The Black Sheep: Welcome to the fold

The Black Sheep Tavern is a cozy nook that specializes in Irish craft beers. It's located in North Dublin, on the corner of Capel and Parnell Streets. I'm grateful to the bartender at the Bull and Castle for steering me here!

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Jul 28, 2013
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Bull and Castle: No Bull about beer

Across the street from Christ Church Cathedral, the Bull & Castle is a tavern that is proud to serve a very broad and diverse Irish and international beers. I found my bartender here to one of the most knowledgeable fellows about beer that I met in Ireland. Very good selection of local favorites. Be sure to ask your bartender and see if they have anything from the Brown Paper Bag Project.

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Jul 27, 2013

Mulligan's: Poolbeg Street, by the Liffey

Mulligan's is one of the most attractive historic pubs in Dublin. It's located on Poolbeg Street, close to the River Liffey. Stepping inside is akin to a trip in a time machine. Wonderful lincrusta wallpaper.

"When the Scotch House closed they went round to Mulligan's. They went into the parlour at the back and O'Halloran ordered small hot specials all round. They were all beginning to feel mellow. Farrington was just standing another round when Weathers came back. Much to Farrington's relief he drank a glass of bitter this time. Funds were getting low but they had enough to keep them going. Presently two young women with big hats and a young man in a check suit came in and sat at a table close by. Weathers saluted them and told the company that they were out of the Tivoli. Farrington's eyes wandered at every moment in the direction of one of the young women. "
-- James Joyce, "Counterparts" in _Dubliners_

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Jul 26, 2013

Traditional Pubs: Dublin

Camden St is ok , still a lot of touristy pubs in terms of Flannerys, The Palace etc. If you want some good old fashined non tourist pubs try Nearys on Chatham St or Mulligans on Poolbeg St. THe buses run until 11.30 Sunday to Thursday and then at the weekend they have what are called Nitelinks .

Dress Code NA

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Oct 26, 2011

The Oval: Traditional Pubs

We were looking for somewhere fairly near to our hotel (by Connelly Station) for a quiet drink, so we didn't fancy the bustle of Temple Bar. I remembered seeing this place during one of my previous visits and thought that it looked a likely place.

Well, it was a good choice, and turned out to be our favourite bar. We returned here the following night and enjoyed a meal here too.

The Oval is a traditional Victorian pub, built in 1820, it still has some of its original features. Due to its location, a few doors down from the General Post Office, it suffered considerable damage during the 1916 rising, and had to be rebuilt
One of 'The Newspaper pubs', as staff from the Independant newspapers used to frequent the bar. Apparently, some of the regulars are immortalised in sketches adourning the Ovals walls.

The Oval Bar isn't named after it's bar -(it's rectangular, not Oval shaped) but from the lunette (glass window) above the 2 storeyed bow-window facade. It is quite an unusual architectural design.

For some strange reason, this friendly and authentic hostelery doesn't seem to appear in the many lists of 'Dublins Top 10 Traditional Pubs'. It appeared to be popular with locals, workers and visitors of all ages and characters. Perhaps it's a blessing that it isn't one of the Top 10, as we had space to sit in comfort, and enjoy the ambiance.

So, first impressions - A traditional Irish pub, with a polished dark wood, marble topped bar, brass fittings, tiled floor, mirrors, shaded lights.
A friendly welcome from the bar man, who invited us to 'take a seat, and I'll bring your drinks over'
We soon made ourselves comfortable. A good pint (or two) of The Black Stuff, quiet conversation and 'people watching' it soon became clear to us, that the bar staff were very professional hosts- discreetly watching to see that their customers/'guests' weren't left waiting for a drink, anticipating that we might want food before they stopped serving (we'd already eaten), working the bar with a calm, natural ease.
On first glimpse, The Oval appeared to be quite small, but it actually has 3 floors!

The toilets are downstairs - entered through a gap in the wall opposite the bar.
Outside on the front is a seating/smoking area to enjoy the warmer days/nights

On the two nights that we were here, the Darts Grand Prix semi-final and final were being played 20 minutes away at the Citywest hotel and Conference Centre. The matches were playing on the TV screens in the bar. Now, neither of us are huge fans of televised sports, least of all darts, but we were soon drawn into the exciting final between 15 times world Champion, Phil 'The Power' Taylor, and 'local boy' Brendan Dolan, a former ­decorator from County Fermanagh.
According to the bars website, all 'Big Matches' are shown here, and it's a popular pre and/or post match venue for those heading to/from Croke Park.

NOT to be confused with The Oval, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge.

Background music of soft rock at a comfortable low volume. (we didn't hear any traditional or otherwise Irish music) I'm not sure if there are any live music sessions.

Prices (October 2011)
Pint Guinness 4.25 Euros
Glass Guinness 2.55
Pint Heineken 4.65
Glass Heineken 2.75

OPENING HOURS: Open Daily, from 10-30 (12-00 Sunday) to 23-30 (00-30 Friday and Saturday, 23-00 Sunday)

Dress Code Not as far as I could see.

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International Bar: An institution in Dublin

Although it is not located within the core of the Temple Bar area, it is among the pubs with the best reputation. Or maybe it is because it is outside of it and thus not found by the Temple Bar drunkards. Still, it has an open atmosphere and tourists are as welcome as locals here. Whenever I appeared here, it seemed to be full of life. Even in the morning after St. Patrick’s Day, some locals seem to come here for a pint of breakfast. The front bar gives you the impression that this is a rather small pub. However, it consists of several other rooms with additional bars, including one in the first floor and another in the basement. Beside usual live music, further events like book readings, comedy and whatever you can imagine take place here. It is also the place where the 1916 rebellion walking tour starts, one of the things in Dublin I cannot praise high enough. To sum up, this pub is among my favourite ones in Dublin.

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May 08, 2011

Traditional Pubs: The Dawson Lounge

A day before New Year's Eve 2006 I finally made it to Dawson’s Lounge. Dawson’s Lounge is located on Dawson Street, just a step away from St Stephen’s Green and around the corner from Grafton Street. It is advertised as Dublin’s smallest pub and I was previously jinxed in always visiting Dublin the few days when they were closed for some private functions. So I was pretty excited to finally find it open and met VTer Krumel there.

It sure was worth the wait. I absolutely love pubs with an atmosphere, and this little bar sure was oozing with it. You enter through a very narrow set of stairs that lead down to a little room that is vaguely reminiscent of a private living room and can be considered chockablock once you have a dozen people or so inside. The atmosphere was great and we soon got talking to a bunch of people from all over the place and fell out the door a few hours later to wake up with a severe hangover afterwards.

Dress Code Come as you are

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Apr 04, 2011

The Porterhouse: Try one over the eight - all brewed here.

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!

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Apr 04, 2011

the palace bar: Pubs: the Palace Bar

One of my favourite pubs in Dublin is the Palace Bar in Temple Bar. It's frequented by an older crowd, mainly journalists and writers... what can i say?? it's one of those old style pubs like there are very few left - where people go to talk to drink - not just to see and be seen

Dress Code definitely informal. it's what you are that counts, and what you say - not what you look like.

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Apr 04, 2011

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