So you want to party in Dublin? Well, you could do the tourist thing and head for the Temple Bar district, where pubs stand next to pubs, which will (more than likely) provide for all your needs. You don't even need directions to get there ... just follow the hordes, the hens, the stags.
But you may want a slightly off-the-beaten-track experience? Then you may want to avoid the thick of it, and get into the hustle and bustle at some of the lesser obvious, yet immensely popular pubs. Some cosmopolitan, some very much down to earth, but all recommended.
You'll find them in this list, with all the information you need, and in strictly alphabetical order ...
Billed as "Dublin's Most Cosmopolitan Pub", Bruxelles certainly attracts a varied crowd. Which can then choose between three bars. Which promise, and I quote the website, "live music, loud music, and great food". This pub defies categories, as you may call it a sports bar, a music bar, a meeting place.
And part of the Dublin music scene. Thin Lizzy made this their home away from home in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Phil Lynott still stands outside (albeit cast in bronze.
Essential Information on the Bruxelles
- Is There Music and/or Entertainment at the Bruxelles?
Live music, or DJs, and loads of sports. Plus the people.
- Can I Get Food at the Bruxelles?
Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, all with a cosmopolitan flavour.
7 Harry Street (off Grafton Street).
- Anything Else I Should Know About the Bruxelles?
Good for informal celebrity spotting - past visitors have included "Lord of the Dance" Michael Flatley, rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll, modfather Paul Weller, comedian Pat Shortt, metal act Iron Maiden, the rapper 50 Cent, and even Ronnie Wood.
The Czech Inn
The Czech Inn
If you need proof how much Dublin changed in recent years, this popular pub is it - the first Czech pub in Ireland, welcoming you since May 2006. And it truly is a Czech experience in the heart of Dublin, just outside the Temple Bar district. Complete with food and (Yesssssss!) Czech beer.
But do not fear ... this is no "emigrants club", where rapidly ageing, lonely men are shedding tears into their beer, this is a lively, international scene. Be prepared to hear a lot of European languages, but you'll be fine speaking English only.
Essential Information on the Czech Inn
- Is There Music and/or Entertainment at the Czech Inn?
Apart from live sports (ice hockey a speciality), there is live music on a regular basis. And the late bar and disco seven nights a week.
- Can I Get Food at the Czech Inn?
Oooooh yes ... in fact, the food is the main reason for many people to head here. Genuine Czech cuisine, with soup in many varieties, main dishes featuring pork, beef, poultry, game, venison, or freshwater fish. Accompanied by dumblings, if you want. I could go on, but I am already too hungry ...
Essex Gate (off Parliament Street).
The Czech Inn
- Anything Else I Should Know About the Czech Inn?
If you want to experience true enthusiasm, dare to go on a night when Czech national teams are playing, soccer or ice hockey.
The Long Stone
The Long Stone
Found at the back of Pearse Street Garda Station, in a rather unexciting area of town, this pub is billed as Dublin's oldest Viking pub. Well, that might be stretching the bounds of truth a bit (the pub was established in 1754, when the Vikings had long been assimilated). But it certainly is decorated to fit the bill, incorporating Viking elements and even a statue of Norse god Balder (doubling as a fireplace). Popular and usually frequented by a mixed crowd.
Essential Information on the Long Stone
- Is There Music and/or Entertainment at the Long Stone?
Occasional sing-songs and sometimes live music.
- Can I Get Food at the Long Stone?
You sure can - they serve a full menu, from soup of the day to sirloin steak. Though,to be honest, you'll get more "scandi" fare at Ikea.
10-11 Townsend Street
The Long Stone
- Anything Else I Should Know About the Long Stone?
Being near to offices, the garda station, ad Trinity College ... it draws a diverse crowd. Which is fun.
The Porterhouse, on the fringes of Temple Bar and just a stone'sthrow from Dublin castle and city hall, opened in 1996 as Dublin's first pub brewery. They cannot last long, Guinness-soaked publicans of the old guard proclaimed. But the did. And are as much a Dublin institution now as you can get in just twenty or so years. A popular pub to enjoy craft beer, or to let your hair down.
Essential Information on the Porterhouse
- Is There Music and/or Entertainment at the Porterhouse?
There is live music every night, but do not expect the fiddly-diddly-ey of other establishments nearby. Performers present an eclectic mix of sounds.
- Can I Get Food at the Porterhouse?
Yes, they do have a fulllunch menu, and an even fuller (but more expensive) evening menu.
16-18 Parliament Street
- Anything Else I Should Know About the Porterhouse?
It is fairly modern ... not for the crowd in search of the famed "original Oirish pub" (which does not exist, as such).
Formerly known as "Messrs Maguire", this huge pub sprawls over four floors, and is boasting its own micro-brewery. The winning combination of pub, late-night bar, and restaurant is famed for its beers, as well as a place to meet people from near and far. Location might play a major role here - within sight of O'Connell Bridge, Sweetman's is as central as it gets.
Essential Information on Sweetman's
- Is There Music and/or Entertainment at Sweetman's?
Traditional music on Mondays, but Saturdays and Sundays are dominated by sport on the huge TV screens.
- Can I Get Food at Sweetman's?
Yes, fromplain bar food to a full restaurant menu.
1-2 Burgh Quay
- Anything Else I Should Know About Sweetman's?
If you want to meet friend shere, make sure to say exactly where in Sweetman's you want to meet - people milling about with searching glances into every corner are not unknown.