Replies: 11 - Last Post: Apr 24, 2012 9:29 AM Last Post By: stiofan75
Apr 16, 2012 7:06 AM
dubpubs03Below is version three of a ‘pubs in Dublin’ list, called dubpubs03 and it is far from complete. Includes contributions from other posters, especially Fear-Rua and Stiofan75. All the great entries are from others, any errors are mine.
Opinions gratefully received. PM might be best.
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Against the Grain – Cnr Wexford St and Protestant Row. A new but more traditional-style pub and has perhaps Dublin's best range of beer. Check out their website for events and small brew tastings. Small food menu.
Anseo – Camden St Lower. A long-standing trendy music bar. A great combo of old timers, funky cool and foreign students. Occasional comedy.
Arlington Hotel – Lord Edward St, cnr of Upper Exchequer. Big place, you can pour your own Guinness or lager at the table. You hand over a credit card or something and there is a running total on how much you have poured on your tap. Sport on TVs, lots of food, modern.
The Bank – Dame St. Big, food, shiny, when they do an archaeological dig for the Celtic Tiger in centuries to come, this will be one of the places they will write many thesis on. Fancy.
The Bankers – Trinity St. Not to be confused with The Bank on Dame St, 100 m away. Does comedy some nights, serves standard pub food, lots of sport on the TV, some nice prints on the wall. Another nice shopping bolt hole. Dark wood, if you are not sitting at the bar you can order your pint and your wan will bring it over (sometimes, you might have to ask).
The Bernard Shaw – Richmond Place. Apparently very much an "in" spot, highly spoken of though I haven't been there myself. Hip, cool urban and trendy I understand.
The Black Sheep - Capel St, cnr with Parnell St. New. Gastro-pubby, real ales, big fridge of harder to get beers, gastro-pubby menu, no TVs and (it would seem) no live music. Galway Bay, Galway Hooker, Punk and other Irish micro-ales/brewers on tap here, free WiFi, big tables like the kind from an antiques store. Formerly the Living Room and other names. From the same guys who own Against the Grain. Pints start at EUR4.90 but this is not the kind of place where you are going to knock back 20 before piling into street to fight and piss.
Blue Light - Ballyedmonduff Road, Barnacullia, Sandyford. If you have a car and a designated driver, or a bicycle, and you find yourself in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, this is a great stop. An old-fashioned country pub within a few kilometres of the city centre, with views out over south county Dublin and Dublin Bay.
Boars Head – Capel St, cnr Mary’s Abbey. Traditional pub, TVs for sport, big screen, small pub. Does food. Benches and tables. Something upstairs. Nothing special but okay.
The Bodhrán - Upper Dorset St, cnr Parnell Sq West. This place could be a bit rough. Square ugly building, matched by the wood paneled interior. Cheap Guinness, even cheap for this far out of central Dublin (EUR3.50?). Not particularly pleasant Guinness but that didn’t stop me hanging for three before jumping onto a DublinBike. Jukebox which is pretty unusual for most Dublin pubs. Smashed up toilets. Pool table upstairs. Benches, tables. I understand there are three spots in the pub (apart from the toilets) where the CCTV doesn’t get to.
Bowe's - Fleet Street between Westmoreland Street and D'Olier Street. An old-fashioned pub with a pleasant atmosphere and attractive interior, conveniently located for bus stops and the Screen cinema.
Brannigan’s – Cathedral St, off O’Connell St. Sport TVs, medium sized, rifle above bar like The Winchester in Shaun of the Dead, does quite a bit of food. I’ve been a few times so it must be alright. There’s an upstairs and threats of live music but I have not been.
Brazen Head - Lower Bridge St, just north of the quays. Makes claim as Ireland’s oldest pub, a claim which may be true by some standards but not according to the Guinness Book of Records. Oldest in Dublin though (I guess) and one of Ireland’s few old coaching pubs. Good place, big, old pictures on the wall, some live music, nice outside area for smokers, does food (never tried it), a little bit touristy perhaps.
Brogan’s – Dame St, across from Dublin Castle. Traditional pub, excellent Guinness, has sport on TVs. Perhaps verges on tourist parody but really nice.
The Bull and Castle – Christchurch Place, across from Christchurch Cathedral. Big barn of a pub but well done. Lots of smaller brews, Galway Hooker. Does food and after several experiences with this have not been disappointed. Can be hard to get a table for evening service.
Café en Seine – Dawson St. Huge, gets rammed on Saturday nights, damn expensive. This is a very kitsch place with gold colored statues and all and plushness and the like. The surroundings are a bit special so maybe worth it for that. Big food menu.
Cassidy’s - Westmoreland St, near O’Connell bridge. It closed, it re-opened all fancy and bohemian as opposed to a bit filthy with average comedy and bleah Guinness which is what it was. Younger, more cool crowd now with that Erdenger stuff on tap and other fancy foreign beers like Hoegaarden, tea candles, a couple of seats on the street, dark wood, mirrors, the usual. Modern music, DJs, hipsters and cool blokes on acoustic guitars.
Chancery Inn/O’Reilly Bros – Inns Quay, cnr Chancery Place. Early opener, 7.30am. Lots of ceramic tiles. Old man’s pub but if you’re desperate …
Chaplins - Hawkins St, across from Screen on the Green/The Screen cinema. Small, narrow, traditional, news on the TV, a regular for people waiting for their movie to start or for a bus from College Green Bus Gate over the way or about to get ripped off for quite poor food at Mona Lisa next door. Some cosey tables to sit, the gent’s toilet is a brilliant 10 second walk from bar stool to urinal. Nice. Nothing special on the taps or in the fridge.
The Church – Cnr Jervis and Mary Sts. Converted old church, cavernous but spectacular inside. A bit of a tourist trap but the Guinness is still only a fiver so not too bad for a tourist trap. The food is a little expensive, the burgers a bit small but is nice. Nice outside areas for smokers including shade umbrellas and gas heaters. Does BBQ food outside.
The Cobblestone – King St Nth, cnr Red Cow Lane, Smithfield. Regarded by many as the best traditional music pub in Dublin. It is a bit out of the way, 10-15 min walk from O’Connell St and in an area which looks rough but is not massively unsafe; get a taxi if you are that way inclined, bar staff will order you a taxi back. It has a back bar where many nights there are ticketed concerts and a front bar where there are free traditional live music sessions every night and weekend afternoon sessions. Good selection small brewery beers.
The Confession Box – Marlborough St between Cathedral and Earl. Trendy enough inside. Small. Live music at times.
Dawson Lounge – Dawson St, near St Stephen’s Green end. Tiny, good Guinness, gets crowded, comfy bench seats. Lots of wood paneling. A horror show back in the day when people could smoke in pubs. You can hardly not strike up a conversation with someone.
Dark Horse Inn - 2 George's Quay . Spacious modern bar, one for those who like their tunes a bit more cutting edge, with occasional music and DJ nights - check programme in advance. Open from 7.30am Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday for the drink-deprived.
Dice Bar - Queen St, near Benburb St, Smithfield. Kind of hidden and off the beaten path. An all black old timber no nonsense bar owned by Huey of the Fun Loving Criminals. Very ambient until about 10pm when the dj gets going. Lit up by candles and red fairy lights. Very atmospheric. New York’s east side meets Dublin charm.
Doyles - Cnr College St and D’Olier St; next to Bowes. Refurbed trad verging on modern trad, big after work and tourist crowd, another one to hang while waiting for your bus from the ‘bus gate’. Or the bus after. Pleasant, lots of dark wood and mirrors, sport TVs, DJs, three floors. Guinness is fine but it is long line of the usual suspects on tap.
The Exchequer - Cnr Dame Crt and Exchequer St. More restaurant than bar perhaps (it does have really nice food, you could get away on EUR100 for two people with wine) but it does have a straight up bar area with tables and stools and etc. Has a few different things on tap, IPA Punk and Oyster Stout and that kind of thing as well as the more regular stuff. Prices in the range of a fiver or more. Seats on the street as well.
(John) Fallon’s/The Capstan - Cnr New Row St and The Coombe/Dean St. A few minutes from St Patrick’s Cathedral, this place is a gem. At the very edge of ‘tourist Dublin’ it has a very local feel to it. Shabby wooden floor boards, wonky stools, some tables, genuine memorabilia on the wall, very good Guinness, this is the real deal. Regular things on tap apart from some Paulen type thing and a boring fridge. I would recommend it as one of the five places to consider if you are just going to have one Guinness in Dublin.
Farringtons - Temple Bar, cnr Eustace St. A lot like the Temple Bar pub, probably less full of the type found in that pub though. Pleasant alternative, getting further away from the true horror/delight of Temple Bar area. Dark wood, curved bar etc. Does food.
Fitzgeralds - Aston Quay, near O’Connell Bridge. Refurbed traditional pub, dark wood, does food. One of the places which has Smirnoff mojitos and Blue Moon on tap. The Guinness passes muster, on the night I was in there it was a little bit hens/stags.
Francis Mckenna - Upper Clanbrassil St, just north of Grand Canal. Racing pub, well at least it is on a Saturday afternoon. Old school, old men, old refurbed modern, namely they tried to make it modern in the 70’s. Pretty big. I get the impression it’d be a mighty craic with the locals on a Saturday night.
Frank Ryan’s - Queen St, between Benburb Stand and the Quays, Smithfield. Quirky, younger crowd, idiosyncratic interior design with xmas lights and like. Does some live music. Nice atmosphere.
Gin Palace – Cnr Middle Abbey St and Liffey St Lower. Nice place, refurbed traditional pub. Sport on TVs but quiet. Food menu, haven’t sampled. Surprisingly few types of gin (six or seven tops) despite its name. Pleasant, female friendly, the kind of place you might take a woman before the first date.
The Glimmerman - Stoneybatter, cnr Brunswick St Nth, behind the old Collins Barracks. A local institution in the western end of the north city centre, this pub may not be worth a trip but it's certainly worth calling in if you're in the area. Sport on TV.
The Globe – Sth Great St Georges St, near Exchequer St. Generally pretty good music selection. Late opener. Free entry to night club Ri-Ra.
The Gravediggers - 1 Prospect Square, Glasnevin; right up against Glasnevin cemetery. Also known as Kavanaghs or John Kavanaghs, to some this is the quintessential traditional Irish pub, it was good enough for film-makers etc and appears in the movie Michael Collins and others. It is a bit of trip to get to but you can grab a 40D bus from Parnell St, jump off at the first stop over the Royal Canal. It is worth it for the Glasnevin cemetery as well where some of Ireland’s greatest heroes are buried. Great atmosphere, great Guinness, they serve food on weekdays.
Grogan’s – William St Sth. Excellent old-fashioned pub with a lively and mixed crowd. Paintings on the walls, good Guinness, nice atmosphere. If you are going to hit one traditional Irish pub within five minutes of Grafton St this (I reckon) would be one of those in the top five list. Outside street drinking at table is great for watching the world.
Hartigan’s – Lower Leeson St. Another great old style traditional pub. Far enough off the beaten track to be beyond the reach of many tourists, a local drinking kind of place. Can get busy with after work crowds but a good place to perch with a pint.
Ha’penny Bridge Inn – Wellington Quay, near Ha’penny Bridge. Old man’s style traditional pub. Live music and comedy upstairs, sport TVs downstairs. One of the more unchanged pubs in Temple Bar. The landlord looks like the bar man off The Savage Eye.
Hogan’s - South Great George's Street. A larger modern bar that's a long-standing favourite with a younger crowd. Lively to the point of getting overcrowded. Dance floor downstairs. Late opening Friday and Saturday.
Hughes’s - Chancery Street, across from Charles St West. Old-fashioned pub, with more of a suburban feel than one might expect from its inner city location near Smithfield Market. The attraction here is the daily traditional music session, one of the city's best. Excellent Guinness as well.
The International - Wicklow St, cnr William St Sth. Excellent old-fashioned pub with a lively and mixed crowd. Comedy upstairs nightly, entry usually EUR5-10. Cosy. Music sessions (jazz and traditional) some nights and weekend afternoons in the main bar or basement bar.
Jack Nealon’s - Capel St, cnr Little Strand St. Well preserved Georgian style trad pub. The typical dark wood and mirrors and open fire but with a brilliant high pressed metal ceiling. Cocktail bar upstairs which gets good reports. On weekend nights the main bar gets the spillover from Dublin’s only (?) north side gay bar so does attract an older gay clientele who can’t face the modernity of the Fantybar but are on the pull (it seems). Good Guinness and good service, has done free food for the past two Arthur’s Days. Rubbish music on that night too.
Kehoe’s – Sth Anne St, off Grafton St. Traditional pub, has a couple of cosey snugs or ‘private’ booths, mind your head going to the toilets. One of the thousand pubs in Dublin which claims to serve the best Guinness. Really rammed at busy times. You can stand on the street and drink. Woohoo!
Kennedy’s Bar – George’s Quay, cnr Tara St. Traditional old man’s pub with a tea-candles-in-glasses kind of touch with other modern effects but not so much as to be poncey. Small, a shop front kind of width, almost underneath the railway line. A nice unpretentious place where you shouldn’t have trouble finding a stool or table. A tourist free zone only five mins walk from O’Connell Bridge.
The Lamplighter - The Coombe, cnr Brabazon St. To get here I got lost. Stinky old place, which is not a criticism, some people won’t mind that. The Guinness I had was passable, grumpy old men abound, I imagine this place kicks off with Liberties locals on a Fri-Sat night. Across from it is Meath St. That will take you to Thomas St and Vicar St. If, for example, that is where you were actually headed in the first place.
Long Hall - South Great Georges Street, north of St Stephen St Lower/Upper, behind Dublin Castle. A music-free but magnificent Victorian pub.
Lord Edward – opposite Christchurch. Excellent refuelling stop for those wandering around the Christchurch area. A charming little Victorian bar with great Guinness and a quiet upstairs lounge.
The Lotts - Cnr Liffey St Lower and Lotts. Is café as well but there is a standalone Lotts Snug on the corner. Says it is the smallest pub in Dublin and it certainly would seem to be. Cosey, sport on TV, games like Connect 4 etc lying around, not a bad little place with passable Guinness but only the bog standards on tap and a fridge which is much the same. Old style pub with a bit of character.
The Merchant's Arch Bar & Restaurant – Wellington Quay, across from Ha’Penny Bridge, south side of river. Big. Does food. Modern traditional pub if you get what I mean. A tourist trap, their version of live music is some bloke playing American Pie and U2 songs with a guitar and doof doof box. Pah!
McDaids - Harry St, west off Grafton, across from Bruxelles with its lovely corner clock. Traditional, okay Guinness, good looking whisky/whiskey selection, one TV downstairs, small upstairs as well, scuffed wooden floor, big windows, stained glass, high ceiling painted dark brown like being under an upturned boat. Lots of tiling on the walls and bar. During Six nations rugby has the flags of five of the countries and one English Rugby flag ruining the walls. Pleasant but as with many around it’ll get crowded on popular Fri-Sat nights and being just outside the Westbury hotel so tourist central.
McNiells – Capel St, north of the Luas/tram line. Small, trad music several nights a week, underneath the music store, open fires, smoking garden. Does two types of sandwiches, soup and a lamb stew, shows sport. Nice toilets (one of them nifty blade hand dryers!) but remember there are two steps down to the bar near the fire place. Okay? Does lock-ins until 4am on some Sunday mornings.
Messrs Maguire – Burgh Quay, near O’Connell St Bridge southside of the river. A rambling place, half floors and mezzanine level type things, not the kind of place to say “I’ll see you in…” without narrowing it down. Great brews, nice stuff. Lots of food, carvery type stuff and things out of those metal steam trays. Sport on TVs.
Mulligan's - Stoneybatter, near Brunswick St north, behind old Collins Barracks. If you find yourself in this end of town, this long-standing pub now also has one of the city's best selections of craft and imported beers. Reportedly good food as well in a pleasant setting.
Mulligan’s - Poolbeg St, between Tara St and Corn Exchange Place. One for the Guinness aficionados, traditionally renowned as the best pint in Dublin. As traditional as they come, with a sign asking patrons to refrain from using mobile phones inside the premises.
O'Donoghues – Merrion Row, near St Stephen’s Green. Trad music most nights and Sat-Sun afternoons, beer garden, where The Dubliners were founded. On sunny afternoons they play in the beer garden which can be nice - music, pints delivered by barman, admiring the shoddy overhead electrical wires to the pole. Delightful. Nice atmosphere with lots of old posters on the walls. Graffiti on toilet walls include/included: “Did god make us or did we make God? Nietzsche”. Tried to explain that to a very drunk man once; while standing at urinal; not comfortable.
O’Donoghues Bar – Suffolk St, near Grafton St. Big, refurbed traditional like so many but dark enough with lots of wood and a great spot to sit in the window and watch your bus numbers coming up on the live departure board. Of course that just means the endless voice in the head ‘Well it is ten mins to the next one, I won’t finish this pint in time so I’ll have another and then …’. Run of the mill and unobjectionable but you’re more likely to meet someone from Dakota than Dublin.
O’Briens – John Rogerson’s Quay, cnr Cardiff Lane. Big, traditional refurbed, not spectacular, does food. You’re a long way out here (relatively speaking) but if you’ve dragged your butt out to take a snap of the Samuel Beckett Bridge this might be the place to reinvigorate yourself with a lazy half.
O’Niells - Suffolk St, cnr Church Lane. Big, does large amount of (reportedly) good food, some sport on TVs. Has a couple of smaller brews, Galway Hooker and O’Briens; not much but at least they have made an effort. Good line up of whiskies/whiskeys, some stained glass windows, cosy, live music (not sure about quality), smoking area. It suffers from being tourist central (heck, it is just across from the tourist office) but worth tolerating for their effort to provide some different drinks spitting distance from Grafton St.
O’Sheas – Talbot St, cnr Lower Gardiner. Big, refurbed faux traditional, eaten here once and it was fine. Had a few bevvies in here on a couple of occasions (waiting for buses etc). A bit of a tourist trap being so close to the bus station, Connolly train station, a big backpackers place up the road and hotel above the bar but comfy enough and they do live music on some nights (which I haven’t experienced).
The Oval - Middle Abbey St, near O’Connell St. Traditional pub. Mirrors, dark wood, etc, you know the drill.
Gets crowded for sporting events, seems to be a home for visiting Munster rugby fans, drinking on the street. Long bar, an upstairs, does food, a nice enough place with a decent Guinness.
The Palace Bar – Fleet St, near Westmoreland St. Spills onto the street, traditional Irish pub and a great example of it at that. This is where the horror of Temple Bar begins but you are a little immune to it here for most of the time. Some old bloke shot himself in the head in the head in toilets in December 2011 after ordering a whisky. Must be pretty sound proof down there, wasn’t found until more than ten minutes after. And anyway, the price of a Bushmills ain’t that bad here.
The Patriots Inn - Sth Circular Rd, cnr with Inchicore Rd. A bit out of the way. A nice old style pub (if the staff are a bit young and uniformed to really crack it for old school) and good spot for a break if you are visiting the modern art gallery or Kilmainham gaol (or for a break between the two) or staying at the Hilton across the way. Has an on old man’s bar on the gallery side and a more gastro-pub type thing out the back.
Peadar Kearney's – Dame St, between Sycamore and Eustace. Nice enough. Downstairs bar with pool table, downstairs is a bit more hip and cool, upstairs is old school trad-style with music.
Peter’s Pub – Johnston St, near William St Sth. A traditional pub, very old school and quite small. A great escape for anyone foot sore from shopping or sick of schlepping around Grafton St behind the missus. Saved my life Xmas 2010 when, after hours of traipsing through snow to get best price for a EUR320 Samsonite suitcase and buying aforementioned, the barman slid me a Guinness and, after telling him my story of woe, a hot whisky. The latter for free to steady my nerves.
Porterhouse – two sites, in Nassau St near Grafton St and in Parliament St, Temple Bar. Great brews, just don’t ask for Guinness. Their own stuff (the Red and the Oyster are nice), Galway Hooker (but regularly seems to be out of it) and other micro-brews as well as a beer list from around the world. Their bowls of chips are huge. It can be rammed on Saturday and Friday nights.
The Quays - Temple Bar, cnr Fownes St Lwr. Not much different to Temple Bar pub, a little less on the posters and pics on the wall front and faux-Irishness. The music is more contemporary than trad (more Wonderwall than tin whistle). It is infected, as is the Temple Bar pub I think, by the washroom attendant scenario at busier times. I hate it, some don’t, your call but I am capable of washing and drying my own hands without you getting in the way and guilt tripping me. Made a few trips to the upstairs restaurant; good but at Temple Bar prices.
Ryan’s – Camden St. If you've had enough of Camden Street's trendy music bars you can relax here with a pint and have a chat or watch whatever sport's on TV.
Ryan’s – Parkgate St, near Phoenix Park and Hueston Station. Big refurbed traditional pub. Lots of dark wood, a big curving bar, they do Galway Hooker (as opposed to the Galway Hooker Bar at Hueston station!). TVs for sport, big food menu as it is part of the FXB chain as is the Bull and Castle at Christchurch.
Sackville Lounge – Sackville Place, off O’Connell St. A betting pub, there’ll be racing guides and old men with little green pens scattered around the place and nags from Leopardstown on the TV. The men’s toilets have old, huge ceramic urinals, old fittings - truly a trip to the past. Stinks to high heavens and a ladder like descent but still.
Slatterys - Capel St, cnr Mary St Little. Big, lots of sports on TVs, food, ‘early hours’ (7am) but that is not something I’ve experienced. It is a nice enough place, a little bit Temple Bar but not too much. Probably one of the better sport-TV bars in Dublin.
Sweeneys - Dame Street east of Castle St. New chilled out bohemian bar. Mixed crowd but with the emphasis on alternative. Friendly and very easy to mingle. Live music upstairs appropriately named "The Home Of Human Music" with Irish, African, Rock, Indie, Blues etc. Food served daytime. Cool smokers room out back. Colourful paintwork and clientele.
Temple Bar - Temple Bar, cnr Temple Lane Sth. The epicentre of drunkenness; the pissing against walls, the stags/hens, Spanish/ Brits/Yanks etc staggering drunken and vomiting into night/dawn. The EUR5-plus pints of Guinness. When it is not Fri/Sat night it’s an okay place at times. Small bar on corner, main bar with sometimes good music and lively crowd (particularly the weekend afternoons), nice smoking area, Celtic Tiger’s version of a Saddam Hussein statue and a good back bar. Food, sport on TVs not in main bar. It is what it is, like it or avoid it.
Tom Kennedy’s - Thomas St, near Vicar St. Traditional Irish pub, a great pre-Vicar St concert drinking spot but is rammed on those nights with everyone with the same idea. A regular Dublin crowd, probably the first headed west which is relatively free of the tourists. Good Guinness and average in all other aspects.
TP Smith – Jervis St, cnr Upper Abbey St. Big, has upstairs and downstairs, big winding copper staircase to upstairs. Nice Guinness, acceptable food.
Vicar St - Thomas St, west of Christchurch. A big venue, refurbed traditional main bar, a fiver for a Guinness, giant marching metal stitched teddy bears (which terrify me), regular winner of gig venue of the year. You can get drinks during a show. As opposed to the ridiculous farce that is the Olympia Theatre. It is only gig-ticket holders who can access the bars.
Whelan’s - Wexford St, near cnr with Lower Camden St. Great live venue, lots of bars and floors and so on. Never been to a bad gig here and it is cheaper than Vicar St most of the time. Old wooden bars, originallish fixtures and a great after hours place.
The Woolshed - Parnell St, opposite Jervis St cnr. I guess everywhere needs an AusAfriKiwi sports bar. This is Dublin’s. Lots of levels, bog standard menu, more TVs than god, various beers in bottles from the appropriate neck of the woods. It is Walkabout for Dublin except it seems unable to open early for various sports live from that part of the world.
Workmans Club - Wellington Quay, east of Parliament St. Old Georgian house that was converted into an intimate music venue, used to be the Workingman’s Social Club back in the day. Bar commands views over the River Liffey, couches, comfy chairs, bog standard range of beers and has three open fires. When the gigs finish a dj gets things going again and everyone joins in with the dancing and hooking up. Clientele depends on what band is playing. From traditional Irish to electronic punk. Great smoking area on a deck out the back.
West from Capel St, north of the Liffey: The Black Sheep; Boars Head; Chancery Inn/O’Reilly Bros; Cobblestone; Dice Bar; Frank Ryan’s; The Glimmerman; Jack Nealon’s; McNiells; Mulligan's; Slatterys.
East of Westmoreland St: Bowe's; Cassidy’s; Chaplins; Doyles; Kennedy’s Bar; Messrs Maguire; Mulligan's.
Temple Bar: Brogan’s; Farringtons; Ha’penny Bridge Inn; The Merchant's Arch Bar & Restaurant; The Palace Bar; Peadar Kearney's; Porterhouse; The Quays; Sweeneys; Temple Bar; Workmans Club.
West of Grafton St and St Stephen’s Green Against the Grain; Anseo; The Bank; The Bankers; The Bernard Shaw; The Exchequer; The Globe; Grogan’s; Hogan’s; The International; Long Hall; McDaids; O'Donoghues Bar; O’Niells; Peter’s Pub; Ryan’s; Tom Kennedy’s; Vicar St; Whelan’s.
O’Connell St and surrounds: Brannigan’s; The Church; The Confession Box; Dawson Lounge; Gin Palace; Lotts; The Oval; Sackville Lounge; The Woolshed; TP Smith.
Dawson St, St Stephens Green and surrounds: Café en Seine; Hartigan’s; Kehoe’s; O'Donoghues Bar; Porterhouse.
Christchurch and west, south of the Liffey: Arlington Hotel; The Bull and Castle; The Brazen Head; (John) Fallon’s; Tom Kennedy’s; Vicar St.
Apr 16, 2012 3:12 PM
1Great list. I'd just like to make a correction - the first 'Mulligans' is generally known as L. Mulligan Grocers to distinguish it from the other Mulligans. And its not near Collins Barracks at all, this section of road is called 'Stoneybatter', same name as the area, most people call it Manor Street (which is the next section of road) to avoid confusion. And I can confirm that the food is terrific - in fact I'd say it has the best pub food in Dublin, and one of the best wine/whisk(e)y selections of any pub in the city.
And you missed the Stags Head!
Apr 18, 2012 4:26 PM
2I see ye enjoyed Fallons! Nice eh! Next time your in Dublin jump on the DART to Howth. Check out "The Bloody Stream" which is attached to the train station! 25 min jouney. Or out the other way to Bray and drop into "The Harbour Bar". Or even up the hills to "Johnny Foxes"! There's also one or two old pubs worth sampling around Dun Laoghaire.
I understand your compiling a city centre list but the DART makes accessing these places easy. Although perhaps not Johnny Foxes!
Apr 19, 2012 2:05 PM
3Great list. I'd throw in The Long Stone, Foggy Dew, Bruxelles, Nearys & Chatham Lounge.
Apr 20, 2012 1:40 AM
4Stiofan I am off to Howth this weekend (showing friends around, will sample L Mulligans for first time this weekend and also Dice Bar) so will try to check out bloody stream. I've no problem stretching the boundaries (Blue Light for example).
#3, Foggy Dew (now you've mentioned it) I have frequented a couple of times more than year ago so will need to make a return visit. If you want to give me a hundred words on your view of these places they can be added to dubpubs04.
Apr 20, 2012 2:22 AM
Apr 20, 2012 1:43 PM
6#1 - do they have good Guinness in L. Mulligan Grocer? I know that's not really what it's about, but I'm shortly going to be back in Dublin for one night only, and a good pint of Guinness has to be involved.
Apr 21, 2012 8:40 AM
7fear_rua, L. Mulligan don't serve Guinness! They don't sell any of the dreadful stuff made by Diagio or Heineken so far as I know. The nearest to Guinness they have is the very lovely O'Hara's stout (a little more mellow and maltier than Guinness), but they also have a few others which are richer and fuller like Dark Arts Porter - they taste more like old style bottled stout. O'Garas and the Glimmer Man pubs on either side do decent Guinness.
Apr 21, 2012 6:00 PM
Apr 22, 2012 8:26 AM
9"Ah, I was afraid that would be the answer. Usually I would approve, but on a one-day trip back to Nilbud, I do have to have at least one good pint of Guinness."
Grogans have a perfect Pinta Dubh! Had a pretty good one in the Dice Bar yesterday evening too. Early evening time in the Dice Bar is just the ticket!
Apr 24, 2012 3:54 AM
10Dubpubs04 will have an amended entry for Dice Bar since it is no longer part owned by Huey and will include Findlater out at Howth. I was very disappointed by the tap selection in Dice Bar as well; one local brew, a selection of fancy shmancy Hoegarden type things. The food in the Black Sheep is nice though, if mine was on the small side then burger and lamb shank looked massive.
Bloody Stream, L Mulligan and etc fell off my list due to time constraints of showing tourists around, a late flight in on Friday (which meant a required visit to Jameson was pushed to Saturday). Still maybe this weekend but there is also the new pub by the Against the Grain guys called Brew Dock down near the bus station. I just wish they push the parameters of the dublinbike scheme.
Apr 24, 2012 9:29 AM
11Re Dublin Bikes scheme, Good news! There are plans to extend it. They put the initial bike docks around the city to see if it would be a success. It has! So plans are in place for more. Galway to follow suit too. The Government are putting €12m into pedestrianisation and cycle lanes for Dublin. I wonder if this will include the long awaited pedestrianisation of College Green and South William Street areas? (keeping one lane open at college green for buses/taxis)
Findlaters roof top garden is excellent in the Summer months with great views over the marina and out to the islands.
Dice bar is still a classic bar with a great pint of Guinness especially early evening and the Bloody Stream is right under the DART station as you get off so easy to call in to. They have Galway Hooker on draught too!
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