10 Best Irish Pubs - Both The Traditional And More Modern Incarnations

Emily Carson

By , Local Expert, Dublin
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Everyone has a stereotypical idea of what makes a classic Irish pub: lots of flagstone flooring, leaded glass windows, dim lighthing, hardwood trim and live trad music to round it all off. There are certainly many Dublin pubs that still offer this exact experience but the best Dublin pubs have that little bit extra to set them apart. Whether it's bona fide historial grounds like The Brazen Head, literary patrons like The Duke, a focus on in-house brewing like The Porterhouse or just a cosy and inviting atmosphere like Anseo you'll find an example of that Irish charm that people love to recreate across the globe in 'Irish...  Read more »

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    • Type: Pub
    • Neighborhood: Airport - Dub

    Just a stone's throw from Dublin's main shopping thoroughfare; it's impressive that Kehoe's has retained its authenticity.

    Local Expert Tip: "Kehoe's was where literary scholars Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan would often end up after being thrown out from nearby pub The Duke."

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    The Bailey

    Surrounded by classic Irish pubs, The Bailey has been modernised a bit to create a great spot for after-work drinkers.

    Local Expert Tip: "The little plates of nibbles and antipasti are all delicious and come in under �10."

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    The Black Sheep

    Delicious food and equally delicious beer, with plenty of room for groups is what makes The Black Sheep special.

    Local Expert Tip: "Keep an eye on The Black Sheep's Twitter to see what new brews are in and on cask."

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    Johnny Fox's

    Local Expert Tip: "Make this visit easy for yourself by availing of the shuttle bus, that way you get to enjoy Ireland's highest pub to its fullest."

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    Old Mother Reilly's

    • Type: Pub
    • Neighborhood: Southside suburbs

    A low key Irish pub that sits outside of the tourist thoroughfare.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're a student make it known and get cheap pints!"

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    The Duke

    Local Expert Tip: "Sundays at 9pm see a traditional Irish music session play in The Duke - well worth heading down for."

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    The atmosphere really makes Anseo stand out - the perfect spot for a relaxed pint.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to search Anseo on Twitter to see if any of Dublin's best comedians are showing up for a surprise show that evening."

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    The Porterhouse Temple Bar

    • Type: Bar
    • Neighborhood: Airport - Dub

    Local Expert Tip: "Try one of their home-brewed delights over the regular fare - you won't regret it.""

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    The Brazen Head

    • Type: Pub
    • Neighborhood: Airport - Dub

    Local Expert Tip: "This is a good place to swing by if you're planning on visting Dublin Castle and Christchurch."

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    Combining both classic Irish pub with a thriving music venue this is a great weekend spot.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to hang around the bar after any gigs because you may just get to meet your idols as they pause for a pint."



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