Top Dublin Pubs
When you arrive in Dublin, there is one thing you won’t struggle to find, a traditional Irish pub. Located far and wide across the city centre and the greater Dublin area, there are over 750 bars to choose from and suit all tastes and preferences.
Before setting off ‘On the gargle’ (Drink), be sure to park the car up at your place of residence, and take advantage of Dublin’s public transport system and taxi service. Remember, never, ever, drink and drive.
Here, we list some of the must try pubs in the city centre, followed by some of the most popular suburban spots to try if you fancy a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Located on South Anne’s Street, tailing off of Grafton Street, John Kehoe’s has everything you are looking for in a traditional Dublin pub. From the carpet floor, to the smoke-stained wallpaper, it has been a hugely popular spot for locals and tourists, especially on a hot summers day, when publicans can bask in the heat outside the pub. What adds to the quality of Kehoe’s is the quality of the pint. There aren’t many places in Dublin that serve up a better pint of the black stuff than John Kehoe’s.
O’Donoghues (Baggot Street)-
Not to be mistaken for it’s namesake on Suffolk Street, O’Donoghues is one of many Baggot Street pubs that are so rich in history. It is a known pub preferred by the Irish folk band ‘The Dubliners’.A large pub with a spacious outdoor area, it has always been a famous haunt for tourists from all four corners of the globe. With music in it’s snug bar 7 nights a week, you will be brought back in time as you listen to the songs and stories of heroes past, performed by authentic Dublin musicians in one of the oldest pubs in the country.
The Long Hall-
An iconic shop front on Georges Street that looks more like a corner shop than a pub, it is immediately inviting. The interior is spectacular and has that real homely feel. A pub that doesn’t offer music or television, The Long Hall is all about personal interaction, made all the easier by the sensational milky pint of Guinness that is widely considered as the best in Dublin. Like Kehoe’s, it has kept the traditional carpet floor, which has seen more spills than the weather in Dublin.
The second entry from Baggot Street on our list, Toners is yet another pub that has stood the test of time in the capital. Established in 1818, it still holds the same values as it did 2 centuries ago. It’s famous ‘snug’ area was named ‘Snug of the year’ in 2010, and their yard area is vast and it incredibly atmospheric 7 days a week, and especially on weekends. You may find magicians roaming the yard, blowing punters minds a bit more than the last, depending how many pints they’ve had! A perfect location to watch a match with multiple large screens located all over the pub.
If you’ve never been to Dublin and have always wanted to sample the world famous Irish ‘Ceol agus Craic’ (Music and Fun), you must pop into Cassidy’s on Camden Street on a Sunday evening. At 6:30 each Sunday evening, house folk band ‘Rake the Ashes’ take to their corner table with their guitar, banjo and accordion, and sing the night away. There is no better fun than signing along to the Irish classics arm in arm with a complete stranger you bumped into on the way in that is now your best friend. You simply wouldn’t get it anyone else. Be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment, as the music draws big crowds.
This iconic spot on Poolbeg Street is considered off the beat and track to many other pubs. Just a five minute walk from Trinity College and right around the corner from Tara Street train station, it has had some famous punters over the years. From James Joyce to John F. Kennedy, its strange dynamic would see industrial workers rub shoulders with celebrities. It has always welcomed people from all walks of life, and it is yet another traditional pub with no televisions in it’s bar, and prides itself on it’s pint. Some have called Mulligans ‘The home of the pint’. Not a bad title to have.
The Brazen Head-
The oldest pub in Dublin and is officially the oldest pub in Ireland. The building in which it’s located dates back all the way to 1198, but has had needed renovations since its grand opening nearly a millennium ago. With its stunning exterior brickwork, it almost looks like a small castle. Known for its literary connections to the likes of James Joyce and Brendan Behan, which make the Brazen Head a popular tourist spot. In addition, there is live music and good old Irish storytelling 7 days a week.
The Temple Bar-
Located in the heart of Dublin, The Temple bar is the tourist pub hub of Dublin. With so many tourists flocking to this famous pub each day, you will be sure to meet someone with an interesting story to tell. If you are lucky enough to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, there is always a sea of Green seen at the Temple Bar. Be aware of the price hike in this pub as it is known to be more expensive than your average Dublin pub, but superb live music and a wide range of drinks available, The Temple Bar is definitely worth the visit.
John Kavanagh’s ‘The Gravediggers’-
The most haunted pub in Dublin, The Gravediggers is located at the back of Glasnevin Cemetery. It got it’s nickname from being frequented by the grave diggers in the Cemetery next door. So much so that there was a hatch built so that the grave diggers could knock from their side of the wall, and a fresh pint would be put through the hatch to them. A very local pub, it is situated in a housing estate in North Dublin, and is most certainly the nicest pint of Guinness on the North side of the River Liffey.
Gibney’s of Malahide-
If you fancy taking a day trip on the train, why not head off to the costal town of Malahide where you will find a deceivingly large but quaint family run pub Called Gibney’s. It’s huge interior is almost 100 yards in length, separated into 5 different lounges one of which is a sports bar that houses over 20 televisions. It also has its traditional bar area along with a sizable beer garden. It recently opened a new rooftop bar, which is a gorgeous sun trap during the summer. With live music 6 nights a week, there is always something going on in Gibney’s