Dublin is full of pubs, ranging from modern ones catered for a young crowd to cozy smaller pubs that have been around since the early 1900s. Picking the best pub for you depends on your own personal taste, but here is a list of the top pubs in Dublin that will guarantee you a good night out!
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O’Donoghue’s: This is the pub that launched the career of the “Dubliners,” Ireland’s seminal folk and ballad group. Because of this, folk fans flock to O’Donoghue’s for a good time. It can get very crowded, especially during tourist season and when live music is playing. The pub is considered pretty large, and it is close to the city center, making it a prime location for tours to stop at.
McDaids: Located just off Grafton Street at 3 Harry Street, this pub is in a convenient location. McDaids gets crowded at most times, and most people drop in for a drink and some food.
Brogans Bar: This pub is located on Dame Street in the Temple Bar area, and it is very popular to stop at if you have been out to see a show at the Olympia Theatre. Brogans is a great spot to begin a night out in Dublin’s city center. To give you an Irish cultural experience, the bar is filled with lots of Guinness merchandise. Tuesday night is a popular night because “Write & Recite” takes place, which is a poetry night. This includes a competition for the best poem, where the winner will receive a prize.
Kehoes Pub: Located on South Anne Street, it is owned by native Dubliners. It’s known for its charm and lively atmosphere. The original owners live upstairs from the bar, and the setting of Kehoes is cozy and comforting.
Cassidy’s: Take a stroll down to Camden Street for a more traditional and old fashioned bar. It has a relaxed and cozy atmosphere, so you can come here to enjoy a pint of beer and let loose. This pub is also well known for the visit of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s!
The Old Stand: This pub is slightly more modern compared to the typical traditional Irish Bar. The Old Stand offers a delicious menu and is known as a “Rugby Car” where many people gather to watch Ireland games on TV.