Ireland is my home away from home and holds a special place in my heart and while Galway, which is where I lived, will always be my number 1 I do have a soft spot for Dublin as well. Yes it’s busier and more expensive but its a really great city to explore and has some fantastic pubs to grab a pint, a meal, or just to hang out and escape the rain. In this post, I’m going to share some of the best pubs in Dublin.
Chances are if you have been to Ireland before or are familiar with Dublin you no doubt know of Temple Bar which is, without a doubt, the most famous of Dublin’s pubs. While it’s great for a photo or two, a poke around, and maybe a cheeky mid-day pint, it’s not my top pick or night out. While I do think it is a must-visit, Temple Bar is very expensive and usually just full of tourists.
For those looking for a more authentic night out in Dublin, here’s my list of Dublin’s best pubs according to me (who’s been several times) and some local friends.
The Bleeding Horse
24-25 Camden Street Upper
Dating back to the 1970s, The Bleeding Horse is a historical Dublin Pub with lots to offer. From music to food to drink it’s a good place to stop at any time of day. Thursdays and Sundays are live music nights while Friday and Saturday nights are covered by a DJ.
15 Merrion Row
Not a place to go if you don’t like crowds because this pub gets packed. As one of Dublin’s oldest pubs it does attract some tourists, but the live Irish music every night also makes it a favourite haunt for many locals. O’Donoghue’s is known to have hosted some of Ireland’s most famous musical acts including The Dubliners and Christy Moore. Great music, good pints, and a rich history makes O’Donoghues one of Dublin’s best pubs.
139 Baggot Street
Toners is a popular historic pub in lower Dublin. Opened in 1818 it’s best known for it’s cozy snug which one snug of the year award in 2010. The pub also opened a heated beer garden yard in 2012 which has become a popular place for both locals and tourists to sit and enjoy a pint. This pub was a favourite of YB Yeats plus, according to Rory Guinness (a member of the Guinness family), Toners Pub pours the best pint of Guinness which definitely means it deserves a spot on the list of Dublin’s best pubs.
The Palace Bar
21 Fleet Street
One of my personal favourites is the Palace Bar. In fact, I think it was the first Dublin pub I ever visited way back in 2011. This Victorian pub is beautiful both inside and outside with stained glass windows and the very photographic lamppost. Inside is cozy and a great place to grad a quick meal, a pint of Guinness or try some Irish whiskey.
The Long Hall
51 S Great Georges Street
Another historic Dublin Pub, the Long Hall is a beautiful old Victorian style pub. It’s been licensed since 1766 and the interior dates back to 1881. Beveled glass, ornate wood carvings, and gold leaf make it one of the most beautiful pubs in the city. It’s a quiet spot with friendly staff, making it an easy favourite for many when it comes to the best pubs in Dublin.
25 Wexford Street
A great live-music pub, Whelan’s is the perfect first stop for a pub crawl. Famous acts seen on Whelan’s stage include Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys, and Owl City. It’s definitely a local hangout, but has become more popular over the past few years as the pub featured in P.S. I Love You starring Gerard Butler and Hillary Swank. Don’t let the movie fame fool you though, its still one of the best pubs in Dublin.
Against the Grain
11 Wexford Street
Against the Grain is different than everything else on the list. It’s not historic and it’s not known for it’s Guinness. This pub is owned by the Galway Bay Brewing Company and specializes in craft beers. You won’t find live music here, but there are board games to play with your best mates and great food served from noon til 10pm.
Oh, and if you happen to be in town for the holiday season, check out this 12 Pubs at Christmas Challenge!