The best Dublin pubs

One of the first questions anyone asks about Ireland is where to find a great Dublin pub. Ireland is a mecca to those who want to check out some of the oldest and most famous pubs in Dublin, with a huge variety to choose from. there’s many a famous pub in Dublin that you can grab a pint at.

20 Famous Pubs in Dublin for a pint and some craic

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You can pick a Trad Music venue (Trad is short for traditional with bodhrans, fiddles and the like) Literary Pubs, home to some of Ireland’s famous writers or pubs hundreds of years old. With a vibrant young population, Dublin also has some of the best nightclubs and bars to hang out at.

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20 Famous Pubs in Dublin for a pint and some craic

20 of the best Dublin pubs

1  O’Donoghues, Merrion Row

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A Dublin pub popular with both locals and tourists this one is famous for being the “home” pub of the Dubliners and the best place for authentic trad music. This is one of the absolute best pubs for music in Dublin.

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2  The Long Hall, South Great George’s Street

Not as well known as O’Donoghues this is another one of the most famous pubs in Dublin. It’s perfect for a quiet pint with no loud sorts, TVs or bad entertainment. A strong favourite with the Dublin crowds the Long Hall is an old-style pub with an ornate Victorian ambience. Its staff pours a perfect pint and it has a stellar reputation for potent gin and tonics. Carved wooden snugs, filigreed mirrors and over the top Victorian decor sets this Dublin pub apart from all the others.

20 Famous Pubs in Dublin for a pint and some craic

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3  The Stag’s Head, Dame Court

A literary pub this is where James Joyce was said to hang out.  A little off the beaten path it sits right in the heart of the City. This is a true Irish Pub and relatively unknown among the tourists.

20 Famous Pubs in Dublin for a pint and some craic

 4 Kehoe’s, South Anne Street

Kehoe’s is an old Irish home that was turned into a pub, rather like most pubs out in the Irish countryside.  It’s tiny and literally feels like someone’s house, full of nooks and crannies you kind of expect your granny to pop out of the kitchen. It sits just beside Grafton Street.

20 Famous Pubs in Dublin for a pint and some craic

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5  The Dawson Lounge, Dawson Street

This Dublin pub is considered the smallest in the city and can hold around 20 people.  Worth checking out just to experience the place.

20 Famous Pubs in Dublin for a pint and some craic

6  Sin É, Newlands Road

A very popular bar with the University and student crowds it hosts trad music during the week and DJ’s on the weekends, lots of street and house music to dance the night away.

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7  Hartigan’s, Leeson Street

Reputedly, the best place in town to get a Guinness, the older lady who runs the place is said to pull a “mean pint”.  A “traditional” style pub down to the old carpets and furnishings no fancy pub grub or cocktails here, just a quiet place to have a great pint.

20 Famous Pubs in Dublin for a pint and some craic

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8  John Kavanagh, The Gravediggers, Glasnevin

20 Famous Pubs in Dublin for a pint and some craic

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Open since 1833, Gravediggers sits beside Glasnevin Cemetery and earned its name serving pints to the gravediggers through a specially made window into the graveyard. One of the oldest pubs in Dublin the Gravediggers hosts many an Irish celebrity like Glen Hansard who drops in for a pint of the black stuff. The only thing on tap is Guinness but the restaurant next door serves top-rated Italian fare. For the few and proud who can find their way to this North Side fixture, it’s the best pub in all of Dublin.

9  Mulligan’s, Poolbeg Street

This pub has been around since 1782 and is completely authentic.  The wood floors are still damp from gallons of beer spilt on them for centuries, the wooden pew seating is uncomfortable and the ceilings are very low so you duck a lot. But it is said that Mulligan’s pours the best pint of Guinness in Dublin.

10  The Black Sheep, Capel Street

The first ale pub in Dublin that began to serve the delicious craft beers made in Ireland It is a shabby chic kind of place and on tap are the Galway Bay Brewery ales and other Irish craft brews that can be hard to find in Dublin. They do offer gastro-pub food but the star of the show is the craft beers.

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11 The Brazen Head, Bridge Street

Dating back to the year 1198, the Brazen Head is Ireland’s oldest pub and it’s still a lively spot, and considered one of the best pubs in Dublin for live music every night. The building was originally a coach house (it’s not known how much of the original remains) and walls are lined with old pictures, papers and ads from the past.

Famous names that supped a pint or two in the pub include James Joyce, Brendan Behan and Jonathan Swift. For food, tuck into beef and Guinness stew or a big bowl of steamed Irish mussels. Highly recommended if spending a couple of days in Dublin to get the full Irish musical treatment.

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12  The Norseman, Temple Bar

The Norseman is located in Temple Bar and the building as a drinking establishment dates back to the 1500s when it was known as the Wooden Man Tavern due to a wooden Viking figure on the corner of the street. The location of the Norseman was first licensed in 1696 and James Monks owned the bar, James was a blender of whiskey for Jameson’s. The bar prides itself on working with Teelings Dublin’s own whiskey distillery and local craft brewers.

20 Famous Pubs in Dublin for a pint and some craic

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13 Palace Bar edge of Temple Bar

If you do want to explore the Temple Bar area in Dublin this pub is just on its perimeter which means it will be considerably cheaper for a pint of the black stuff. A good place to start the night off right.  

14  The Cobblestone, King St.

A brilliant pub for traditional Irish music. The cobblestone isn’t in the city centre but it is truly worth the trip. There’s some great craic to be had in this pub with the locals. Described in its own words, The Cobblestone is a ‘drinking pub with a music problem’ located just around the corner from Jameson’s Distillery. Music most nights as well as “turn up and play nights”

20 Famous Pubs in Dublin for a pint and some craic
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15 Toners, Baggot St

Dating back to 1818 this is one of Dublin’s oldest and best traditional pubs. Complete with an ancient wooden bar stashed with ephemera and old pub bits and pieces. Many years ago it was a grocery store and it still contains those memories. There is a large snug inside the front window where it is said that WB Yeats used to love to sit and drink when he came to visit his favourite place in Ireland – Sligo.

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16 McDaid’s, Harry St

Located just of Grafton Street McDaids is a true Dublin “boozer”, there’s no live music or entertainment but the place is infamous as a haunt of literary giants like Brendan Behan.  This is where you’ll meet true Dublin characters.

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17  The Globe, South Great Georges Street

20 Famous Pubs in Dublin for a pint and some craic

One of the trendiest places to hang out and have a cocktail in Dublin The Globe has no pretensions to be anything other than that. Great place to hang out with the in-crowd and it is one of the few bars open late most nights until 2:30 unlike other bars, which close at 12:30.

18 Hogan’s, South Great George’s Street

Hogan’s sits a few doors away from The Globe and has the same kind of crowd.  But, it has much more space with a dance floor downstairs and is always packed with trendy young things.

20 Famous Pubs in Dublin for a pint and some craic

19  The Workmans, Wellington Quay

The Workmans is a pub, a nightclub as well as a music venue. The weekends are very busy here and you will see live bands as well as a DJ upstairs. The building has existed on this site for over 160 years and from 1888 to 2003 was the home of the original Workingmen’s Club. Its personality has been lovingly preserved and complimented with its original features being the focal point on each floor. The upstairs section is free entry and you may have to pay on the door to enter downstairs if there’s a gig on

20  Fallon & Byrne, Exchequer Street

A cosy wine cellar that doubles as a wine bar with food prepared and served by the Chefs from the gourmet restaurant on the top floor. It is a wine shop but you can choose your bottle and the staff will open it for you to enjoy at your table.

20 Famous Pubs in Dublin for a pint and some craic

There is a huge variety of pubs and clubs to hang out in around Dublin. Most Irish love to hit the pub for a drink and some craic (good fun) and simply hang out and chat with friends and strangers. There is nothing like an Irish pub to get the feel for the country and make some new friends.

20 Famous Pubs in Dublin for a pint and some craic

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