The Confession Box
If you’re looking for a quintessentially Irish pub away from the crowd of boozing tourists in Temple Bar, head slightly north of the city to The Confession Box. Serving a perfect Guinness, this tiny, two-storey Georgian pub is a charming drinking hole with a somewhat notorious history. Irish revolutionaries (among them Michael Collins) who had been excommunicated by the Church would drop into the pub for communion and confession granted by priests of the nearby St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral who were sympathetic to their cause. Nowadays, visitors and regular punters share stories and sing along to live music in a comfortingly small, familial setting.