Dun Laoghaire, home to Teddy’s, the East Pier and the iconic Forty-Foot, perfect for any time of year. Public transport is in your favour with the DART and several Dublin buses going right through the main town departing from all over the city it’s hard to find an excuse not to pay a visit no matter what time of year. In the summer you can go for a walk along the beautiful pier, or on the rainy days you could stop off for a cosy hot chocolate before a trip to the cinema.
Dun Laoghaire has it all, including a wide variety of pubs for any occasion from communions, to drinks before a night on the town. Here are Dun Laoghaire’s Top Five Pubs you must have got to visit.
Let’s get the ball rolling with No. 5 Dunphy’s located on Lower Georges Street. You have the option to sit outside on a beautiful day and watch the hustle and bustle of the busy Dun Laoghaire town, or if that’s not your cup of tea, you can always sit indoors and be immersed in your own little world while surrounded by a friendly atmosphere.
You can relax by yourself with nice hot drink and a book, or it’s the perfect pit stop before heading to the cinema just across the way by the Bloomfield’s shopping centre. You’ll never feel rushed or out of place in this lovely hidden gem of a pub.
Address: 41 George’s Street Lower, Dún Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland
4. Royal Marine Pavilion Bar
Next, at No.4, we have the Pavilion Bar part of the Royal Marine Hotel. If you are looking for something a bit fancy, you can pay a visit to the Pavilion Bar. Oceanic scenery paired with Victorian style interior makes this place a perfect escape from the business of day-to-day life. It’s a beautiful way to cap off a day out with the family as you choose from their full range of wines, or the kids and teetotallers will be well looked after as well as a full array of teas, coffees and fizzy drinks on offer from the bar.
The only downside is choosing what to have! The Royal Marine also can arrange reserved areas and refreshments for parties such as weddings, communions, retirements etc.
Address: Marine Rd, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland
3. The Purty Kitchen
The Purty Kitchen located on Old Dunleary Road is a must visit, particularly anyone interested in history. It is one of the oldest pubs in Ireland as it first had its licence granted in 1728! However, although it’s been kicking since the 1700’s the inside has an entirely modern feel. Combining old memorabilia and beautiful light fixtures it combines the old with the new seamlessly.
Whether its food or drink or both you’re after, the Purty Kitchen will keep a smile on your face. Famous for its seafood options, that even picky little ones can enjoy it’s a must visit if you’re out that direction. Although its middle of the road in this top five, it indeed isn’t when it comes to quality.
Address: 3-5 Old Dunleary Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, A96 X7W1, Ireland
2. The Forty-Foot
Just missing out on the top spot is The Forty-Foot owned by the JD Wetherspoon group. This spot is an excellent option for anyone who just wants to get out of the house. It’s cheap and cheerful with plenty to offer, from kid’s meals to deals including the main meal and a drink. It has a fabulous terrace that wraps around half of the building so you can choose from ocean views or to overlook the town below.
The food menu has something for everything regardless of dietary requirement, even if your coeliac or vegan or just a picky eater you will be well looked after. Not only do they have the food options covered they also have a vast assortment of drinks including unique whiskeys and many beers and ciders if that’s more up your alley.
Address: The Pavilion Centre, Marine Rd, Dublin 18, A96 X2H2, Ireland
1. Gilbert and Wright
And finally taking the top spot for the Top Five pubs to visit in Dun Laoghaire is Gilbert and Wright also located on Georges Street Lower. Whether you are looking for a quiet drink or a night filled with pun-based cocktails, this has got to be the spot for you. You can make yourself comfortable with a group of friends at the back of the pub on the couches and enjoy a few board games, or be enchanted by live entertainment such as DJ’s and live bands often provided at the front.
Gilbert and Wright also offer delicious food options, the pizza and wine deal being a hot favourite, so you don’t even need to leave the building for a delicious meal. Pulling out all the stops Gilbert and Wright just had to take the top spot.
Address: 128 George’s Street Lower, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland