You can’t come to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day and not experience one of our world-famous Irish pubs. The Lonely Planet says of the Irish pub ‘they are the great leveller where status and rank hold no sway, where generation gaps are bridged, inhibitions lowered, tongues loosened, schemes hatched, songs sung, stories told and gossip embroidered’.
We like to think of them as a place where friends, old and new, can get together to celebrate their heritage, or just to create some great memories together.
So, this St. Patrick’s’ Day, here are some recommendations for some of our more ‘traditional’ haunts, throughout the city centre.
Mulligans on Poolbeg Street was originally a shebeen (alcohol was sold without a licence) has been ‘legal’ since 1782, making it one of the oldest pubs in the city centre. The Cusack family are third-generation proprietors, running this popular public house, renowned as a literary, theatrical & newspaper pub. Frequented at one time by James Joyce, Joyce made it famous by having two of his ‘Dubliners’ characters paying it a visit. The writer could often be seen perched at the bar himself, perhaps pondering over pages of ‘Ulysses’, and in the 1950s John F. Kennedy visited while working for Hearst Newspapers.
So loved is Mulligans, that one US tourists ashes are at rest in the clock above the bar – enjoying the musing of the next generation of thespians and writers, I’m sure. Today, Mulligans is as famous for its quality Guinness, as it is for its rich history.
2. O’ Donoghue’s
O’ Donoghue’s on Merrion Row known for its traditional Irish music sessions is as much frequented by locals as it is by tourist, alike. Home to the world-famous Christy Moore and The Dubliners band, Trip Advisor calls it an ‘absolutely treasure’ and we agree…. if you fancy a sing-song and some good old Irish ‘craic’, this is the place to be this St. Patrick’s Day! Just ask Rihanna, who in 2011 hosted a Thanksgiving party there. O’Donoghue’s also offers on-suite accommodation.
A few steps from Grafton Street shopping area, Kehoe’s on South Anne Street, established in 1803, with its old Irish snugs, stained glass doors and Victorian decor is a throwback to your aunties living room. The bar holds its history well. The grocery counter remains the same as it did 100 years ago with its mahogany countertop and drawers, and the decor is much untroubled by modern ideas, with the exception of the neon signpost outside. Keogh’s draws an eclectic crowd, and is usually busy, so grab your snug early!
Whether its comedy, poetry or live music you are after, The Stags Head, hidden down a passageway of Dame Street is a Dublin treasure. Opened in 1894, transport yourself in time, as you order yourself a pint across the beautiful mahogany bar capped with Connemara marble, walk across the glorious mosaic marble floor tiles and perch yourself at a barrel table to enjoy some good old fashioned Irish craic.
The guardian.com called it a ‘vessel of Victoriana’ and you will find it much unchanged. Frequented by scholars, stockbrokers, and politicians, The Stags Head is a must-visit this St. Patrick’s Day!
5. Peader Kearney’s
And last, but by no means least, named after the republican Irishman who composed the Irish national anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann, Peader Kearney’s on Dame Street is one of those pubs that other are said to try to emulate, but are usually unsuccessful. Peader’s is simply put, well known for its nightly traditional music sessions, its cozy atmosphere and it’s cheaper than usual pricing for a pint.
Wherever you choose to drop by on March 17th, we wish you a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all at The Irish Store!
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