Dublin in detail

Self-Guided Tours

Walking Tour: Dublin Pub Crawl

  • Start Lower Camden St
  • End Crown Alley
  • Length 2km; one hour to two days

Dubliners of old would assure their ‘bitter halves’ that they were ‘going to see a man about a dog’ before retreating to the nearest watering hole. Visiting barflies need no excuse to enjoy the social and cultural education – ahem – on a tour of Dublin’s finest, most charming and most hardcore bars.

Start in the always excellent Anseo, where hipsters rub shoulders with the hoi polloi and everyone toe-taps to the great bag of DJ tunes. Head deep into the city centre and rub shoulders with the beautiful people at Sam’s Bar. Go old school by sinking a pint of plain in the snug at South Anne St’s Kehoe’s, one of the city centre’s most atmospheric bars. Find a spot out front of Bruxelles: the bronze statue of Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott outside is testament to the bar’s reputation as a great spot for rock music, even if it’s just on the stereo. Discuss the merits of that unwritten masterpiece with a clutch of frustrated writers and artists in Grogan’s Castle Lounge, a traditional haunt that admirably refuses to modernise. Directly across the street in the basement of the Powerscourt Townhouse shopping centre is Pygmalion, which is all about now. A couple of streets away, on Fade St, two bars vie for hipster euros: the upstairs No Name Bar is elegant and discreet, while Hogan’s, at the corner with South Great George’s St, has been one of the most popular watering holes in the city for longer than its clientele have been alive.

Finally, make your way into Temple Bar and ring the doorbell to access the Vintage Cocktail Club, upstairs behind a plain steel door on Crown Alley, where the in-crowd sips cocktails and eats delicious titbits in a speakeasy atmosphere. If you’ve followed the tour correctly, it’s unlikely that you'll now be referring to this guide. How many fingers?