It's a very typical, no frills pub but I've never had a bad time. I come to Ireland 6-8 times a year and always stop at this pub when I'm in town, I refuse to spend my evening elsewhere =) The food won't blow your mind, but it's damn good and hits the spot. Prices, to my remembrance, are good...but this is coming from a New Yorker so I may not be the one to speak.
The neighborhood isn't dodgy.....it's just quiet. There's not much around there so you feel a little 'alone' as you're walking there. I've never walked there entirely by my self, have always had at least one other person walking with me, but never felt uncomfortable...but again, I'm a New Yorker ;-) If you're looking for live music though........you MUST go!!!! I always end up dreading having to leave and wishing all of my friends from back home could be gathered there with me, drinking it up with the locals!!!
Dress Code casual....very casual.
Excuse me people, it's called Dolan's not Dolen's. it's one of my favorites although it's a bit touristy.
the area is alright, never experienced it to be dodgy. they have great live gigs and fine bar men.
The Dolen's is another pub with traditional Irish live music. In my opinion it's not as nice as the Locke Bar though. Besides it's located in a "not so nice" area of Limerick and you should only go there in a group; we were told that it's too risky/dangerous to walk through this area all alone.