Get To Know Dalkey's Locals at One of its Famous Watering Holes

Dalkey is a busy and vibrant seaside town that was originally founded as a viking settlement  and became an important port during the mid 14th century. Nowadays it is famed for its many bars, picturesque setting and famous residents which have included many famous writers and musicians. When you’re not enjoying the walks around the seafront and up Killiney Hill there are plenty of water holes in which to quench your thirst. These vary from some of the older establishments that can boast licensing for generations of Dalkey residents. These include The Club, The King’s Inn, The Queen’s and McDonagh’s. Newer installations on the main street that have begun to cater for those looking to enjoy a few glasses of wine include The Tramyard with its lovely verandah and local markets and the Dalkey Dispensary which doubles as a restaurant and comedy club. New pub the Magpie Inn is dedicated to great pub grub and craft beers and The Vico remains one of Dalke’s only enduring late night venues. If you’ve taken a walk up towards the top of Killiney Hill then why not catch a game and quench your thirst at The Druid’s Chair on the Killiney Hill Road - you’ll have earned it.



Established in 1745, The Queen's has been licensed since 1787 making it one of Dublin's oldest inns. Nowadays it has been lovingly restored as a bar and restaurant in the heart of Dalkey. Not only is this is large and airy pub with plenty of...  Read More



The King's Inn is another classic Irish pub that adorns the stretch of main street and has all the tropes of a standard Dalkey pub: warm and cosy with plenty of wood fixtures and a welcoming atmosphere that's very popular with the locals....  Read More



Finnegan's is the local Dalkey pub that was favoured by Bono and the Obamas on their recent trip to Ireland. When it's good enough for the president of American, it's good enough for you. Finnegan's is a lovely, old-style Irish pub with al...  Read More



Located in the centre of Dalkey's weekend markets, The Tramyard is a unique space. As you walk down the cobbled avenue, lined with beach style wendy-houses that are filled with local artist's work at the weekends, The Tramyard is a mixture of...  Read More



Established in 1840, The Club is one of Dalkey's stalwart drinking establishments. A cosy interior includes fireplaces and snugs, perfect for relaxed socialising over a pint. The carvery lunches here are a particular special, with rich and...  Read More



Located right near the brow of Killiney Hill, The Druid's Chair is a family-run pub that provides the perfect stop off point after a long walk around the surrounding environs. A classic, quaint pub you can have a hearty pub lunch or simply a...  Read More



While Dalkey is best known for its traditional pubs, The Magpie appears to have jumped on the craft beer and brunching bandwagon to create a contemporary pub with plenty to offer. With drinks from Scottish brewers BrewDog and Trouble Brewing, an...  Read More



McDonagh's is another Dalkey pub that is fusing the old with the new and features a lot of live music that is often packed to the brim at weekends. The old pub structure is still intact with plenty of space for the locals to enjoy a pint,...  Read More



The Vico has long been known as Dalkey's only 'club' and has taken pride of place as one of the only after hours bars that can extend long into the night. Attached to classic pub and restaurant The Queen's, The Vico operates as both a function...  Read More



It may be more of a restaurant and wine bar than a pub, but the Dalkey Dispensary is a lovely place to knock back a few and get your dinner as well. Bookcases line one side of this charming bistro while bottles of wine stare back at you from the...  Read More


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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