A perennial favourite, The Long Hall has a decidedly Victorian feel though it’s been licenced to serve since 1766. An 1881 renovation accounts for the maroon-coloured walls, gold-tinged mirrors, mahogany woodwork, shiny chandeliers, carpeted floors, leather stools, intimate snugs, and other old-school details. The owners have changed little and the staff is always open for a chat, preserving a relaxed warmth that harkens back to a by-gone era. Dim lighting adds an air of authenticity and makes everyone look better – even if it’s early in the night. According to one of the many plaques on the wall, it has earned a “James Joyce Pub Award” for its “down to earth genuineness of atmosphere, friendliness, and presence of good company.”
Time Out tip: Arrive early if you want to secure a seat. Though much has changed over the years, The Long Hall’s popularity has not.
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