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The best pubs in Dublin 2019

Nothing quite beats the feeling of a great Dublin pub. And, whether you’re looking for the perfect pint of Guinness or want to experience traditional Irish hospitality, there’s plenty of watering holes in the capital city to suit your needs.
If you’re here to figure out what pub you simply must visit on your vacation to Ireland, read on to hear all about the best pubs in Dublin 2019.


best pubs in dublin 2019

The absence of wide screen TV’s and loud music make Grogans the perfect spot for catching up with friends or reading your favourite book.

Both the clientele and staff possess the famed Irish humour meaning you’re welcomed with open arms once you pass through the doors.

You can choose to people watch from the seating outside and let the world pass you by or cosy up inside amongst the classic décor and enjoy one of their famous toasties.


best pubs in dublin 2019
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Favoured for its warm atmosphere, Whelan’s is a critical part of Dublin’s live music culture and is also one of Ireland’s most well-known pubs.

Located on the bustling Wexford Street, Whelan’s has a stellar reputation – Christy Moore, Nick Cave, Damien Rice and Artic Monkeys have all taken to the Whelan’s stage.

With musicians all over the world consistently requesting to perform here, Whelan’s has most definitely earned its place on the list of best pubs in Dublin 2019.

The Stag’s Head

best pubs in dublin 2019

Believed to be one of Dublin’s best-preserved Victorian pubs, The Stag’s Head encapsulates a genuine hospitality.

Everything inside is of authentic Victorian origin – from the carved mahogany fittings to the mosaic marble tiled floors. Grab a pint of the black stuff and order some of the most delicious Irish stew in the city – you won’t regret it!

The Barge

best pubs in dublin 2019

Well known for its impromptu parties along the canal when the sun shines, The Barge is a popular pub for both locals and visitors alike.

Inside the pub you’ll find a relaxed, contemporary setting – complete with a delicious food menu and a unique view over the Grand Canal.

The Brazen Head

best pubs in dublin 2019

As Ireland’s oldest pub, the Brazen Head appears in documents as far back as 1653. It’s said that Jonathan Swift, Brendan Behan and James Joyce all frequented the pub.

Located just a short walk from The Guinness Storehouse, The Brazen Head hosts some of the very best of traditional Irish music with musicians coming from all over Ireland to share their love of music.


best pubs in dublin 2019

Earning its way onto the list of the best pubs in Dublin 2019 is Kehoes.

This pub opened its doors almost 200 years ago, making the perfect mix of past and present.

The interior is the product of a Victorian style renovation completed towards the end of the 19th century and preserved to the present day.

Playwrights and novelists were known to frequent this unique spot including James Joyce, Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh.


best pubs in dublin 2019

As the winners of ‘Best Traditional Pub’ in the National Hospitality Awards 2014, Toners is one of the most well-known traditional pubs in Dublin.

Toners first opened as a bar and grocery shop in 1818 and the old stock drawers can still be spotted behind the bar to this day.

Enjoy your drink in the spacious beer garden or opt for the cosiness of the snug which is said to be the only place W.B. Yeats would drink.

The Bleeding Horse

best pubs in dublin 2019

Consisting of two floors, with plenty of quaint corners to settle into, The Bleeding Horse is one of the best pubs in Dublin 2019.

The pub dates to at least the 17th century and is known to play sports on its giant screens as well as host regular live music.

With delicious food options as well as plenty of Irish drinks on offer, you might find it difficult to stay for just one!

The Hairy Lemon

best pubs in dublin 2019

Full of tradition and character, your experience in the Hairy Lemon is bound to be as unique as its name.

This quirky pub is located just a short stroll from Grafton street and was the backdrop for many scenes in the movie ‘The Commitments’.

Check out the room full of collectables, the sitting room suspended in mid-air, High Nellie’s, Wellies and Granny’s Kitchen.

Feeling peckish? Try the delicious ‘Bangers & Mash’ or the ‘Guinness & Beef Pie’.


best pubs in dublin 2019

Boasting a unique and colourful history, Mulligans has hosted plenty of famous faces including Judy Garland, Seamus Heaney and John F. Kennedy.

The ‘out of the ordinary’ atmosphere is loved by all and this Irish pub has even been given the title of ‘the home of the pint’ due its quality of Guinness. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Mulligans is the perfect spot to experience true Irish hospitality and an exceptional pint.

We hope you enjoyed our blog on the best pubs in Dublin 2019.

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