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Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Dublin's oldest microbrewery pub sprawls casually over three storeys. Its wooden decor may be excessively rustic, but the Porterhouse makes up for that with...

16-18 Parliament Street

Brazen Head

Bars & pubs

The Brazen Head claims to be Ireland's oldest pub (it's not) but it's been in operation since 1198 and the rebel Robert Emmett planned an uprising here in...

20 Bridge Street Lower

Bernard Shaw Bar

Bars & pubs, Clubs

A proper 113-year-old Irish boozer, the Bernard Shaw was taken over in 2006 by Dublin-based club promoters and label owners Bodytonic. The place has kept...

11-12 South Richmond Street

Bleeding Horse

Bars & pubs

The Bleeding Horse has occupied this prominent Camden Street site for two centuries. These days it attracts a pleasant crowd of local regulars and an...

24 Camden Street Upper

Kavanagh's ('The Gravediggers')

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Way off the beaten track, Kavanagh's is a Dublin institution and thus, for many, worth the trek. Owing to its location next door to Glasnevin cemetery, this...

1 Prospect Square


Bars & pubs, Music

Impromptu jam sessions are a staple here, and outfits like the Dubliners play regularly. While the music really pulls in the tourists, O'Donoghue's really...

15 Merrion Row


Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

The oldest bar in Dublin to have kept its original form, the grand old Palace deserves a place on everybody's pub crawl. If it's authenticity you're after,...

21 Fleet Street

Hairy Lemon

Bars & pubs

While the decor in the older front bar may seem a little quirky, don't be put off spending an evening in this great little pub. The Lemon's popular any time...

42 Lower Stephen Street


Bars & pubs

Pearse Street can feel a little quiet and desolate at night, but O'Neill's is one good reason to venture down this way. It's only a few minutes from College...

37 Pearse Street


Bars & pubs

Close to the banks of the Grand Canal, Smyth's is a real neighbourhood pub with a disarmingly laid-back atmosphere. Though an ill-considered renovation a...

10 Haddington Road

Turk's Head

Bars & pubs, Clubs

If you're in town for shallow, meaningless… discourse with someone of the opposite sex, the Turk's Head has your name on the door. Popular with...

27-30 Parliament Street


Bars & pubs

If you feel daunted by the prospect of the hyper-trendy pubs nearby, the Duke offers something less pretentious. There's plenty of room on its two floors,...

9 Duke Street

Ginger Man

Bars & pubs

This small, old-fashioned pub is just round the corner from Merrion Square, and great for a pint or two after a jaunt around the museums. The regular pub...

40 Fenian Street

Long Hall

Bars & pubs

This ornate Victorian gin palace has it all: jovial barman, old bloke at the bar with a pint of Guinness, smattering of characterful regulars. Indeed, the...

51 South Great George's Street


Bars & pubs

Popularly known as the Brendan Behan bar, McDaid's was once a haunt of the literary avant-garde, but is now more likely to be packed out with bus loads of...

3 Harry Street
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