No visit to Dublin is complete without spending some time in a few of the city’s iconic pubs. Here you’ll experience first-hand the hospitality and friendless for which the Irish are renowned, as well as possibly getting the chance to listen to some wonderful traditional folk music. We list 10 of the best watering holes in the Irish capital.
The Palace Bar
Victorian era décor dominates the interior of this traditional pub located on Fleet Street, just off the iconic Temple Bar. Established in 1823, The Palace has a long sporting history and is a perfect place to step into on the day of a big match, be it in football, rugby or Gaelic games.
The Palace Bar, 21 Fleet St, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 671 7388
The Brazen Head
The Brazen Head dates all the way back to 1198, and it has left a lasting impression on Irish popular culture. James Joyce made reference to it in Ulysses. When you enter this pub you are truly stepping back in time, as you become engulfed in the smells and sounds that have echoed through those imposing walls for over eight centuries, which is an experience unmatched by any other pub in the land.
The Brazen Head, 20 Bridge Street Lower, Dublin 8, Ireland, +353 1 677 9549
The Stag’s Head
On the corner of the narrow Dame Lane you can stumble upon this intimate and traditional pub. The Stag’s Head is especially notable because of its long association with films and television; with classic movies such as Educating Rita and more modern shows such as Penny Dreadful being filmed there. Additionally, as you might expect, there is a stuffed stag’s head positioned above the bar.
The Stag’s Head, 1 Dame Court, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 679 3687
The Long Hall
The Victorian age comes alive as you enter this pub filled with local charm and undiminished character. A quiet and peaceful spot that gives you a flavour of what life was like in the city in the old days, with various memorabilia from the past ordaining the brightly lit walls.
The Long Hall, 51 South Great George’s Street, Dublin, Ireland, +353 1 475 1590
Grogan’s Castle Lounge
Very much a pub geared more towards the locals than tourists, Grogan’s is a great place to simply spend a little while enjoying a pint and maybe a sandwich or two. Outside seating is available, so feel free to sit back and watch the people of Dublin go about their daily business as you quietly sip on your pint of Guinness.
Grogan’s, 15 South William Street, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 677 9320
The Bleeding Horse
There have been a number of explanations for the origin of the name of this historic pub in Upper Camden Street. Whatever the origin of its name, The Bleeding Horse has gone from strength to strength over the years, and hosts a wide variety of live music over the weekends, attracting artists from near and far.
The Bleeding Horse, 24-25 Camden Street Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 475 2705
The oldest pub in Temple Bar, The Norseman offers up quality local craft beer, whiskey and live music with a great atmosphere that draws travelers from around the world. The establishment also offers accommodation in the form of five en-suite bedrooms situated just above the pub itself.
The Norseman, 28 Eustace St, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 671 5135
The Hairy Lemon
Nestled in the heart of Dublin’s Creative Quarter and within short walking distance of St. Stephen’s Green, The Hairy Lemon achieved international fame when it was used as a shooting location for the award-winning 1991 film The Commitments. Today the pub is a modern and welcoming destination for Dubliners and tourists alike.
Searsons of Baggot Street
Both a pub and a restaurant, Searsons served exceptional food and quality whiskey in a setting which is simultaneously traditional and contemporary. There is also an inviting beer garden to the rear of the property which is ideal for a summer day’s rest and relaxation.
Searsons, 44 Baggot Street Upper, Dublin, Ireland, +353 1 660 0330
This popular and always lively, pub exudes a quaint and traditional aura and presents its patrons with an almost museum-like atmosphere. A heated outdoor beer garden was opened in 2010 and immediately became a huge hit with both locals and tourists alike. Over a century ago Toners was a favourite spot for the legendary Irish poet and playwright WB Yeats, and its charm has been maintained ever since.
Toners, 139 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 676 3090