So you’re going on holiday in Ireland? Good for you. But, what exactly is it about Ireland that draws you to there? The Irish history? The Irish scenery? The Irish culture? Don’t fool yourself; you know it’s the Guinness.
It calls to you. It says, “Drink me.” Lucky for you, Bravofly Australia has put together for you a list of the top 10 best Dublin pubs that you cannot miss while visiting the Fair City.
You can’t visit Dublin without stopping in at the city’s oldest microbrewery. Three storeys make up this sprawling pub, with rustic wooden décor and beer of only their own label. Yes, that’s how wonderfully arrogant they are; they only serve their own beer. Try an Oyster Stout and some of this pub’s bangers and mash to truly satisfy your gut.
2. The Dawson Lounge
Here we take you from the city’s oldest pub to the city’s smallest; The Dawson Lounge on Dawson Street holds a whopping 33 people.
So far we’ve been to Dublin’s oldest and smallest bars – now it’s time to kick it up a notch and drop in on one of Dublin’s coolest and busiest bars. The Dakota has a warehouse-style vibe with an irresistibly long bar, tons of half-moon booths, purposefully weak lighting, and tasty finger foods for filling up your gullet in preparation of a long night of Dublin drinking. Hang out here for a while and bask in this bar’s ultra-cool style.
4. South William
If hip is your tune, then you’ll love Swilly, as the locals affectionately call it. This is where Dublin’s tipplers congregate to swish imported beer and chomp on fresh-baked gourmet pies. If you prefer to converse rather than dance, be sure to scram before the DJ shows up around 9pm.
5. The Brazen Head
You can’t not pub crawl Dublin without swinging by the city’s oldest pub. This joint has been rocking since 1198 with nigh-nightly live music. Try their steamed Irish mussels while taking in the walls covered in ancient pictures and vintage ads. Have a stout and hang out in the same pub that was graced by names such as James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, and Brendan Behan.
6. L Mulligan Grocer
No Guinness to be had here – this pub is strictly craft beer. This Stoneybatter bar was once part grocery, and now has a most excellent restaurant located in the backend where you can order Dublin’s most unique and creative pub grub.
7. The Stag’s Head
For that hole-in-the-wall feeling, stop in at the Stag’s Head, which is tucked in an alleyway behind Dame Street. With it’s Victorian stained glass and ornate wooded bar, this place feels as ancient as it looks.
8. The Octagon
Come for the eight walls, stay for the incredible live music sessions. Located in the Clarence Hotel owned by U2’s Bono and the Edge, you know that this place is hip and happening.
Another one of Dublin’s oldest pubs, the Palace is a chill can’t-miss destination on your Dublin pub-crawl. This place is so old school hip that it’s a famous hangout for writers, complete with walls chock full with portraits of literary rock stars. Admire the ancient marble counter and comfy chairs while admiring how refreshingly un-busy this place is.
If you’re looking for a great craft beer, look no further than this lively bar. Their ever-rotating craft beer selection will always keep you on your brew toes, as they often invite different local breweries to take over their taps for the night. Also dancing. Lots of dancing.