It’s hard to know where to visit when you travel to a new country and its often that the most highly recommended places are total tourist traps where prices are higher and there’s not a local in sight! This can be the case with many Dublin Pub’s so we’ve put together some of our favorite Dublin Pubs for you to check out.
10 traditional Irish pubs to check out
1. Grogans, South William St:
Situated close to Dublin’s exclusive Grafton Street, Grogans is known for its lively and bustling atmosphere. A favorite to the well-known poet Patrick Kavanagh, Grogans is always busy and a particularly great spot on a sunny summer evening! It is not unusual to see pub goers spread out across the street as the pub is always filled to the brim.
2. Kehoes Pub, South Anne St:
This very traditional Irish pub was first licensed in 1803 and still has the same Victorian style decor that was designed in the late 19th century. There is a unique homely feel to this pub with its deep mahogany furniture, stain glass windows and fully intact snugs, giving you a complete feel for a true Irish pub. Also a very popular venue for Dubliners your experience will not disappoint!
3. Toners Pub, Baggot St Lower:
Toner’s is one of Dublin’s oldest and most traditional Irish Pubs. Its award winning “snug” is said to have been the only place in which W.B Yeats would drink and the pub itself is the winner of “Ireland’s best traditional pub” in 2014. There massive beer garden provides a great spacious and open atmosphere for all and is often filled with students and people of all ages.
4. The Brazen Head, Bridge St Lower:
Officially Ireland’s oldest pub, dating all the way back to 1198, The Brazen Head is a must see pub for any tourist as there is a huge sense of history within these old walls. Often visited by famous Irish literaries and revolutionaries including Jonathan Swift, James Joyce and Michael Collins, The Brazen Head is a popular tourist stop off point when touring the city.
5. O’Neills, Suffolk St:
Just a stone throw away from the prestigious Trinity College, home to the book of Kells, O’Neill’s is one of Dublin’s most popular pubs and a great place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This pub provides traditional Irish music seven nights a week and a great place to just spoil yourself and relax with some great Irish food and music.
6. The Temple Bar, Temple Bar:
Possibly Dublin’s most famous pub and attracts tourists from all across the globe, The Temple Bar is situated in the world famous Temple Bar. With over 160 years in business, The Temple Bar oozes all things Irish and is guaranteed to provide you with great “craic”. However, it has been known to be more expensive than other pubs so make sure you’re prepared to pay a little bit extra for your pint!
7. O’Donoghues, Merrion Row:
A very short distance from Dublin’s famous landmark, St. Stephens Green, O’Donoghues is filled with rich heritage and has been the host to many famous Irish music stars including Christy Moore and The Dubliners. A popular pub for all ages and never faults in providing a night of high spirits and plenty of laughter.
8. Nancy Hands and Ryans Bar, Parkgate St:
These two traditional Irish pubs are situated right next to one another and equally provide a great traditional Irish pub experience. For those of you are planning a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and end up craving some of the black stuff, these two are just a short walk across the River Liffey and will serve up some of the tastiest Guinness you can find.
9. Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St:
Cassidys was once the home of The Freemans Journal, Ireland’s oldest national newspaper and was visited by one of America’s presidents, Bill Clinton. Bills cousins actually run and own the pub and have created a bohemian atmosphere within the pub mixing it with the traditional Irish vibe. The pub is spread over three floors with a jazz basement, a piano bar and a mezzanine area.
10. The Stags Head, Dame Court:
The Stags Head dates back to 1770 and is believed to be Dublin’s best persevered Victorian Pub with almost everything here of authentic origin. This quant and beautifully kept Victorian style pub often transforms its self in to a night club for party goers. However, if its history and architecture you’re interested in don’t give this pub a miss!
Dublin is filled with some of the world’s favorite pubs and these are just an example of our favorites. Make sure you take at least one in on your travels tasting the exquisite food and drink and enjoying the traditional Irish music. Also make sure to have a look online at theirishstore.com to find some top quality clothing and other products to bring with you on your travels!
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