James Toner’s

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James Toner’s information

Dublin , Ireland
139 Lower Baggot St
Getting there
Bus: 7, 44 from city centre
Opening hours
10.30am-11.30pm Mon-Thu, to 12.30am Fri & Sat, noon-11pm Sun
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Toner’s, with its stone floors and antique snugs, has changed little over the years and is the closest thing you’ll get to a country pub in the heart of the city. The shelves and drawers are reminders that it once doubled as a grocery shop.

The writer Oliver St John Gogarty once brought WB Yeats here, after the upper-class poet – who lived just around the corner – decided he wanted to visit a pub. After a silent sherry in the noisy bar, Yeats turned to his friend and said, ‘I have seen the pub, now please take me home.’ We always suspected he was a little too precious for normal people, and he would probably be horrified by the good-natured business crowd making the racket these days too. His loss.