John Kavanagh's The Gravediggers
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John Kavanagh’s “The Gravediggers”

A strictly no-frills watering hole and tapas bar beside Glasnevin Cemetery, where gravediggers and mourners have long come for a pint of plain


Time Out says

Eight generations of Kavanaghs have tended Gravediggers’ weathered wooden bar since its 1833 opening. Rumour has it that a secret hatch once allowed employees from the adjacent cemetery to whet their whistle during the workday. These are just the ghost stories and local lore you’ll hear if you opt for prized bar seating. A truly traditional tavern, there’s no singing, no dancing, and no TV in sight. For 185 years, pints and lively conversation have reigned supreme – and the family is committed to keeping it that way. They have added some home-cooked provisions, though. An ever-changing “tapas” menu offers generous servings of Mediterranean in the evening, while lunch skews more traditional Irish comfort.

Time Out tip: Befriend the staff to hear local legends. Keep in mind that Gravediggers is cash-only, and gives it cooks a break on Sundays and bank holidays.

National Botanic Gardens: For a tranquil jaunt through greenhouse and garden
Glasnevin Cemetery: To hear the life and death stories of notable Irish figures
The Whitworth: For local ales, live bands, and lovely comfort food in an art deco atmosphere


1 Prospect Square, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs 10:30am-11:30pm; Fri-Sat 10:30am-12am; Sun 12:30-11pm
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