The Temple Bar pub in Dublin

A Beginner’s Guide To Dublin’s Pubs

The Temple Bar pub in Dublin

A visit to Dublin wouldn’t be complete without sampling a local pint in a genuine Dublin pub. The city is host to some one thousand pubs, which are a stamping ground for writers, musicians, politicians, locals, and, of course, tourists. Pubs in Ireland are places to talk and to laugh. You can while the hours away watching the world go by or let yourself be entertained by live sport on flat-screen TVs. Whether you’re up for a large night out or a quiet, relaxed chat with mates, drinking in Ireland is always a social affair. And, in stark contrast to the misleading notion of all Irish people being drunk, you’ll see many people just drinking tea or coffee.

Temple Bar

If you’re planning to go for a pint or two, the vibrant Temple Bar area is an obvious choice. Situated a few minutes’ walk from Grafton Street, this cultural and artistic centre of Dublin has much to offer. Its medieval layout has been preserved, and traditional pubs are plentiful. There are also many tourist-oriented nightclubs, restaurants and bars, making the area a centre for the city’s nightlife.

Temple Bar pubs

The local pubs all bustle with life, especially after dark. The Oliver Street St. John Goherty has literary connections, The Foggy Dew fuses tradition with a contemporary feel, and The Porterhouse was opened as Ireland’s first pub brewery.

The Merry Ploughboy

Many pubs in Dublin offer other attractions apart from the usual pub grub and drinks. The Merry Ploughboy is owned and managed by traditional musicians who have made it a top venue for Irish music and dancing. It has also been voted “Best event/dinner entertainment in Ireland”.

The Brazen Head

The Brazen Head, dating back to 1198 and officially declared Ireland’s oldest pub, is just a short walk from Christchurch cathedral and The Guinness Brewery. Apart from an award-winning restaurant and a superb bar menu, it offers live music every night, as well as evenings of Irish folklore and storytelling.

Fitzgerald’s Bar

Fitzgerald’s Bar on Aston Quay has an old time feel with comfy chairs and a Victorian style bar. It’s the perfect place to watch sporting events of all kinds and to listen to live music at the weekends.

Grogan’s Pub

Despite being one of the least touristy places in Dublin, Grogan’s on South William Street has an unmatched traditional Irish pub feel, while the staff take pride in pouring some of the best Guinness in town.

Guinness Storehouse

This brings us to the famous Guinness Storehouse of St. James Gate, where you can embark on a magical journey into the heart of the Guinness Company. On the building’s seven floors you’ll explore the company’s rich heritage and learn about its history from when it started up until the present day. Follow the ‘master brewer’ and learn all about the ingredients and brewing process, before finally being awarded a certificate once you’ve mastered the art of pouring the perfect pint!

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