A Range Of Classic And Modern Pubs Make Dublin Great

The Dublin pub is a hallmark of community spirit, history and tradition. The best of Dublin's pubs have affiliations with literary legends, from Joyce in The Bailey and Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan in establishments like McDaid's and Kehoe's there are plenty of spots to enjoy a pint steeped in history. If you're after music you could do worse than The Cobblestone in Smithfield - off the beaten track and full of local traditional music talent. For gigs your go to pub is Whelan's, a sprawling pub and music venue that attracts incredible acts from both Ireland and abroad.

If you're looking to sample some of Ireland's ever increasing repertoire of excellent beers then head to Against The Grain if you're strolling around the Southside or The Black Sheep if you're posted up across the river. For those just looking for a good atmosphere and maybe some comedy Anseo is the place for you, meanwhile in the suburbs of Ranelagh and Rathmines there are excellent watering holes in Russell's and Mother Reilly's.

Dublin pubs are full of character and fun, this list should bring you to some of the best places to drink a pint and bask in conversation of other Dubliners.

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Kehoe's is a favorite of many Dubliners, and for good reason. It has managed to maintain its quirky, low-key pub character amid lots of newer, glossier competition. This pub used to act as a grocers as well as a public house and downstairs...  Read More

If you're looking for a more relaxed atmosphere and you consider yourself somewhat of a beer and ale aficionado then look no further than Against the Grain. This bar serves a wide range of ales, lagers and whiskeys, showcasing an impressive...  Read More

Anseo is one of those pubs that makes you feel at home. It's cosy, with shelves of books should you wish to spend an afternoon drinking Guinness and slowly becoming unable to read coherently. The upstairs also plays host to the Laugh Out Loud...  Read More

Whelan's is a sprawling pub and music venue that's but a hop, skip and a jump away from Anseo. The interior is real old school Irish pub fare with a carved wooden bar and the 'Stone Man' a life size, drinking statue propped up against the bar....  Read More

McDaid's was famously the watering hole of Brendan Behan (amongst many others in the area), Patrick Kavanagh, J.P. Dunleavy and many more. While it maintains a reputation as one of Dublin's 'literary pubs' there is still a great local atmosphere...  Read More

If you want a central pub that is as authentic a Dublin experience as possible then head for The Bailey. An area famed by James Joyce, you'll find Bloomsday revellers drinking burgundy and munching on Gorgonzola sandwiches within its walls as...  Read More

The Black Sheep is the sister pub to Camden Street's Against the Grain on the trendy Capel Street. The basis of this pub is great beers, wine and food in a clean, friendly atmosphere with broad wooden tables and board games stored for a night of...  Read More

Russell's of Ranelagh is located in its namesake, the nearby suburb of Ranelagh. Located on a stretch of great restaurants and pubs, Russell's is a great spot for a few pints before heading towards the city centre for the evening. This bar...  Read More


The Cobblestone in Smithfield is still championing the Irish music session that draws in so many tourists from abroad. Far from being a tourist haunt however, the music sessions here are led by local traditional musicians and young professionals...  Read More

Southside suburbs

Old Mother Reilly's or 'Ma Reilly's' as it's affectionately known to its clientele is decorated in the style of the 'old Irish pub' and has the ambiance to match. Located in nearby suburb Rathmines, this old style bar has the classic low...  Read More


Meet Emily Carson

Emily grew up in Dublin, and studied French and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. During her university years, she lived in both Scotland and France, but traveled around Europe...  More About Emily

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