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Dublin City has of a mix of modern European class and traditional Irish charm. The Old City part of Dublin is packed with fantastic traditional pubs, often with live Irish music. Here are 10 of its very best bars.
Set in a coach house built in 1198, The Brazen Head is officially Ireland’s oldest pub. Its time-worn grey stone walls have a lot of charm and character. Literary figures such as James Joyce and Jonathan Swift, as well as well-known revolutionaries like Robert Emmet and Daniel O’Connell have been patrons of the bar in the past. To this day, famous faces can be seen in the bar such as Van Morrison and Garth Brooks.
The Bank on College Green’s brilliant and detailed decor consists of marble columns and detailed, colorful floors and an ornate cream ceiling. The furniture is made of polished wood and green leather and there is live piano music most nights. The exterior is Franco–Scottish inspired and is one of Dublin’s rare examples of Scottish sandstone. The interior is an incredible symbol of merchant power, as it used to be the main banking area when the building was a bank.
20 College Green, Dublin +353 16770677
The interior decor of Grogans pub is eclectic and thought-provoking. Artwork by local artists lines the walls and twice a year the walls are cleared to be replaced with new pieces. The pub hosts book events for those who are interested in book readings or recitals. Grogans pub has been on the go since 1899, but is still a popular and fun destination. This is quite a relaxed and quiet bar, and is the place to go if you want a calm drink.