Looking for the best pubs in Dublin?
Pubs are practically synonymous with Ireland, and the Irish pub is a cultural symbol that has been exported all over the world. So when you’re visiting the capital of the Republic of Ireland, how do you choose which of the thousands of pubs you could visit? I’ve narrowed it down to the best (in my opinion) pubs in Dublin city centre. Get an authentic Irish pub experience at one of these Dublin gems.
1. The Long Hall
51 South Great George’s St
+353 1 475 1590
My favorite Dublin pub. Befitting it’s name, it’s a long, narrow space, and feels convivial even when not very full. The Victorian fixtures and more ornate style than many other pubs, make the Long Hall your best bet in central Dublin.
The Long Hall is a great choice if:
– You’re looking to unwind after shopping on Grafton Street
– You’re visiting the Chester Beatty Library
– You want to avoid the over-tourism of the Temple Bar area
3 Harry Street
Ideally situated just off Grafton Street, McDaid’s is noteworthy for it’s literary heritage. This pub was Brendan Behan’s regular spot, and has been a haunt for Irish writers since the 1930s. Look for the Phil Lynott statue – you can’t miss it.
McDaid’s is a great choice if:
– You love Irish literature
– You’re near Grafton Street
– You’re looking for a pub near St. Stephen’s Green
139 Baggot Street Lower
Toner’s is the best of two worlds – an authentic, low-key Irish pub in front, and a charming, sunny (well, sometimes – it’s Ireland) beer garden in the back. Grab a pint and enjoy the long Irish summer nights outdoors with friends.
Toners is a great choice if:
– You’re not looking for anything fancy
– It’s a beautiful day and you’d like to sit outside
– You’re exploring (or staying in) the posh neighborhood it’s in
4. The Cobblestone
77 King St North
If attending an Irish music session is on your Dublin bucket list, you need to go to the Cobblestone. Known by locals and tourists alike as the place to go for regular live traditional music, this small but welcoming pub can get quite busy at times, but the crowd provides a lively atmosphere.
The Cobblestone is a great choice if:
– You love Irish music
– You’re on the north side of the Liffey
– You’re looking for a lively evening
5. The Brazen Head
20 Lower Bridge Street
The Brazen Head is the largest pub on the list, both in terms of footprint and offerings like full meals. It’s also, of course, famous for being the oldest pub in Ireland. Are there more friendly and more laidback pubs in town? Sure. But you’ve gotta stop by the Brazen Head for a pint at least once. This isn’t just a tourist spot, either – you’ll find plenty of locals from the surrounding neighborhood who are regulars.
The Brazen Head is a great choice if:
– You’re looking to have a full lunch or dinner
– You’re visiting the Guinness Brewery
– You want to stay you’ve been to Ireland’s oldest bar
What’s your favorite Dublin pub? Tell us in the comments!
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