Dublin is the capital of Ireland and the Number One spot where tourists will taste their first Guinness on Irish soil. There is a vast range of nightlife in Dublin, but it is traditional bars that you must experience if you are in Dublin as they are famous worldwide! Here is our top 10.
With a great city centre location just off Grafton Street, McDaid’s ornate high ceiling is one of the first things you’ll notice as you walk in here (the more observant might notice the trapdoor behind the bar with a steep stairs leading down into the cellars). If you’re settling in for the evening, head up the narrow stairs to one of the upper levels.
Details: Harry Street, Dublin 2, +353 1 679 4395
9. L Mulligan Grocer
This is the place to go if you’re looking for a Mountain Man, a Crafty Hen or a Belgian Blonde. Don’t even think of trying to order a Guinness or a Budweiser here – it’s craft beer all the way, and these are some of the labels. As the name suggests, L Mulligan Grocer pub in Stoneybatter once had a grocery shop in it and the rear section of the pub is now a superb restaurant serving Irish produce with a clever creative twist. Try the spiced potted crab or slow roasted pork belly.
Details: 18 Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, +353 1 670 9889, lmulligangrocer.com
Another traditional pub, Toner’s on Baggot Street dates back to around 1818 and has an old wooden bar full of memorabilia and drawers which date back to its time as a grocery store. One of the nicest features in the pub is the large ‘snug’ just inside the front window which has wooden benches and its own door. The poet WB Yeats is said to have liked drinking here.
Details: 139 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, +353 1 676 3090, tonerspub.ie
7. Johnny Fox’s Pub
Johnny Fox’s is quite a legendary pub to visit and really not that well known. This is one of those “off the beaten paths” pub experiences to whisper to your mates about. There is a catch though, you are going to need a car or some money for a cab (I’ve just discovered they now have a booze bus that runs from the city there – bonus).
Johnny Fox’s is famed as being the highest pub in Ireland, sitting on top of the Dublin mountains in Glencullen about a 25 minute drive from the city centre. Johnny Fox’s is a unique and atmospheric Irish pub, and is well known for its entertainment, and famous visitors such as U2 and the Coors.
Details: Glencullen, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Phone:+353 1 295 5647
6. The Cobblestone
This is amazing for traditional Irish music. Although its not exactly in the city centre, its worth the trip if you get a bus or taxi. Traditional music is played in the front bar and creates a fantastic atmosphere. Be prepared for lots of foot tapping and some thigh slapping!
Details: 77 King St North, Smithfield, Dublin 7, +353 1 872 1799, cobblestonepub.ie
A lively pub located in the heart of party-central Temple Bar, Farrington’s is a great spot for craft beers and a good atmosphere. The staff regularly rotates the tasty brews on draught here and invite different breweries to do “tap takeovers,” where large sections of taps are devoted to one brewery.
So, always ask the barman for recommendations of what to drink on the night (craft beer tasting selections are available). There is usually live music on the ground floor, so don’t rule dancing out.
Details: 28 Eustace St, Dublin 2, +353 1 671 5135 farringtonshoteltemplebar.com
4. Palace Bar
Another true Dublin pub just at the edge of the Temple Bar area, this is the sort of pub where you might meet a small selection of close friends, take a comfy chair in the back room and enjoy a night of craic (the Irish word for “fun”) and witty conversation. Or, drop in for a starter drink on your way into Temple Bar.
Details: 21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2, +353 1 671 7388, thepalacebardublin.com.
A traditional Irish music session in this pub is a must if you are in Dublin! It is very busy and popular so make sure you go down at a reasonable time! A selection of traditional musicians get together for a “session” each night, playing fiddles, tin whistles, bodhrans and uilleann pipes. This is where famous Irish traditional band The Dubliners got its start and the members have come back to play here many times.
Details: 15 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, +353 1 6607194, odonoghues.ie
2. The Long Hall
An original Dublin pub with a striking red and white exterior that has survived the complete reconstruction of the buildings around it during the Celtic Tiger boom. It gets quite busy on weekends, so drop in for a quiet mid-week pint of Guinness to fully appreciate the classic wooden interior, mirrors and cozy décor.
Details: 51 South Great George’s St, Dublin 2, +353 1 475 1590.
1. The Brazen Head
This pub dates back to the year 1198. The Brazen Head is claimed to be Dublin’s oldest pub and it’s still a lively spot, with live music every night. The building was originally a coach house (it’s not known how much of the original remains) and walls are lined with old pictures, papers and ads from the past. Famous names that supped a pint or two in the pub include James Joyce, Brendan Behan and Jonathan Swift. For food, tuck into beef and Guinness stew or a big bowl of steamed Irish mussels.
Details: 20 Bridge Street Lower, Dublin 8, +353 1 677 9549, brazenhead.com