When they say Dublin, what do you think immediately? To the noble Trinity Collegeof course, to the famous Castleto folk music accords and of course to the party of St. Patrick and famous Irish pubs. And that’s right. A visit to Dublin would be definitely incomplete without a pint (or two, or three: you put the number) of Guinness you hate Kilkenny you hate Harp. Or another of those bitter and delicious drinks that are one of the symbols ofEmerald Isle. And of course the best time would be March 17th. But even if you can’t celebrate old Patrizio, no problem: the toast is guaranteed. Especially following ours (necessarily partial) guide to the best pubs in Dublin. And top the mugs….
Guide to the best pubs in Dublin: what you don’t expect
The Library Bar at The Central Hotel
One of the main features of the Library bar is that you do not expect it. There are no signs or doors visible but to find out you have to go up to the first floor of the Central Hotel. And it is a surprise to find this modern place which, however, mentions with satisfaction the charm and elegance of a bygone era. And some say that regulars wish the word didn’t get out.
As happens in the premises that we have included in the guide of best pubs in Dublin the first impact will be excellent: comfortable sofas and armchairs where you can let yourself go, old books and occasionally the notes of someone playing the piano. The atmosphere is relaxed and the clientele is mainly made up of locals, informal but not too much, a different audience than the crowds that flock to the clubs. Temple Bar. It is also very popular for pre-theater and is proud of a real menu served until 10 in the evening.
1-5 Exchequer Street
The Hole in the Wall
The The Hole in the Wall it is a pub outside the box that you will not find in many tourist guides also because it is not right in the heart of the city and to reach it you need to use a vehicle. But it’s worth a visit if you want to escape the crowds. It is located within a row of old houses and for this reason it is considered the “longest pub inIreland“. And indeed the bar extends for ninety meters.
But its history is also very long since it was originally a house frequented by horse trainers in 1650. Originally the name was simply given by a sign depicting a black horse and has become more or less what it is now in the 80s. The current name instead derives from the fact that in the years between 1891 and 1922 there was the McKee Barracks within the neighboring phoenix park. The owner of the pub at the time, Levinus Doyleserved the military through a hole in the wall of the wall, and that is why it is called “The hole in the wall“.
The Long Stone
It is located at the rear of the station Pearse Street Gardaa few minutes from Temple Bar and it is said to have been founded in 1754. The other occasion of pride that justifies its presence in the guide of the best pub of Dublin is that this is believed to be the oldest Viking pub of the city. Now, the objection that in the mid-1700s the Vikings had been transformed into ordinary citizens for centuries and centuries is completely unnecessary. Then the decor evokes Viking legends and atmospheres and there is even a statue of the Norse god Balder which in its own way acts as a fireplace. It is frequented by tourists but also by many locals. Until nine in the evening it serves steaks, burgers but also unlikely pasta dishes.
11 Townsend St
Guide to the best pubs in Dublin: in the middle of the night
The Auld Dubliner
Located in the heart of Temple Bar, The Auld Dubliner it’s the perfect place if you want to be where everything happens. And so it can’t be missing from our guide to the best pubs in Dublin. Recognizable for a famous mural representing a dog Jack Russel Terrier is one of the most famous tourist pubs. And then, of course, barrels of Guinness, a good atmosphere always made cheerful by traditional music concerts.
In general, customers are thirsty young tourists but also young locals and the place can get very, very busy at peak times. If you want a thoughtful atmosphere avoid it. Otherwise, jump into the crowd and enjoy the chaos. You will not hear your words when talking to the neighbor.
2 Temple Bar
Messrs Maguire it is one of the places in the city center not to be missed and which fully satisfies those who are a beer enthusiast. Respect to classic pubs it has much more flexible hours and closes later. It looks like a four-story building (purists discuss the mezzanine, but leave them alone) and offers the classic service of a pub but also a restaurant and bar. Inside there is also a micro-brewerywhich produces beers that are highly regarded in the city.
It’s a magnet and attracts people at any time of the day, so it’s a great place to meet people and drink with friends. Mondays are very popular traditional music concerts while at the weekend the screens scattered around offer matches of every sport. the beers are good, the food is average, thefestive atmosphere. For some too much. But that’s the beauty of being popular.
2 Burgh Quay
Guide to the best pubs in Dublin: the alternatives
If you are looking for something different during your stay in Dublin, Anseo it is the perfect place. It is located in a decidedly not too elegant street, a stone’s throw from fruit stalls and second-hand clothes shops but despite this it is necessarily part of the guide of the best pubs in Dublin. Frequented by local artists it has a very special atmosphere.
Here you don’t listen to folk music but a mix of funk, groove and African rhythms. The interior is cozy with shelves of books which you can read while sipping one Guinness. The upper floor also houses the “Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club”And some of Dublin’s best-loved comedians sometimes perform within these brick walls. Someone says that everyone in this pub feels at home.
18 Lower Camden Street
The Brazen Head
In a completely different style, the Brazen Head is a traditional Irish pub that claims to be ithe oldest pub in Ireland and therefore cannot be missing in our guide of the best pubs in Dublin. The validity of this record can be questioned but tradition has it that it is a pub since 1198 and that the current structure dates back to 1754.
True or false, the place is much loved and among the customers there are sometimes even local VIPs and many who are fascinated by its long history. Here in 1803 one was prepared bankruptcy insurrection (ended with the hangings) and not far away, on June 28, 1922 the troops opened fire and unleashed the civil war. In the pub there are also photos that date back to that distant time. To make matters worse The Brazen Head it is also cited by James Joyce in his Ulysses. Even today many come here for a pint and to breathe the atmosphere of the old Dublin.
20 Bridge St Lower
The Cellar Bar
Imagine a very dark basement. Here, make the colors even darker and you will get a taste of the atmosphere of the Cellar Bar. This underground place connected to the Merrion Hotel it is not exactly the pub that everyone expects but this should not be avoided. First it has one spectacular beer list but also wine and liqueurs and its cuisine is excellent.
Are you all right then? It depends. Because the prices are not low and in fact many politicians, lawyers and important people of the city meet here. On the other hand it was a place frequented by the Duke of Wellington and he holds to this style of his with oak-covered walls and an audience of amateurs looking for the stirrup glass.
Upper Merrion Street
Grogan’s Castle Lounge
We close our guide of the best pubs in Dublin with the Grogan’s. It is a place loved by the locals who frequent it seven days a week. The atmosphere is warm and the food is typical as well as the choice of beers. Born in 1899 it remained the same until the 1970s when it began to attract writers and artists (of very fluctuating fame). It is a classic place: you drink, talk and look around. No music, no television, no concession to modernity. The staff are also old school: courteous, welcoming and after a few visits they will call you by name.
15 South William Street