Fairways to Heaven Golf’s Top 10 Dublin Pubs
Home to over 1,000 pubs Dublin Ireland surely has no shortage of watering holes where a thirsty traveler can kick back and relax while enjoying a frosty pint. Here a just a few of our favorites for the next time you find yourself in Ireland’s capital city.
Brazen Head – just steps from the River Liffey in Merchants Quay, this historic pub is housed in an old coaching inn built in 1754 but local legend has it that the site on which the house stands has housed a tavern or ale house since 1198. The pub provides a quintessential Irish experience with music nightly and excellent pub food to pair nicely with a “frosty jar” while soaking it all in.
The Bleeding Horse – this Upper Camden Street pub is said to have gotten its name from one of two places…depending on who you believe. The first says that it came from when a horse got the “staggers” it was bled by a farrier in the inn. The second says it originated from the Battle of Rathmines in 1649 when a bleeding horse fled the battlefield. Either way, if you find yourself in this Dublin neighborhood be sure to stop in and check out the great local music sets that occur regularly.
The Confession Box – during the Irish Rebellion, the last know excommunications of the Irish Catholic Church took place and many involved in the rebellion were part of that excommunication. It is said that some of these folks would drop by what was then the “Maid of Erin” pub and would receive Communion and Confession from sympathetic priests. Fast forward to today and you have a pub that serves a pint of Guinness not to be missed having been voted to have the best pint of Guinness in Dublin on multiple occasions.
Kehoes – first licensed in 1803 this Dublin landmark is situated on South Anne Street, close to St. Stephens Green. A favorite of locals and tourists alike, this pub offers 3 different bar areas under its roof. The Grocery and Snug Bar, The Heritage Bar, and the Literary Pub…all offering a slightly different Irish experience in each. Be sure to try each one during your visit!
The Long Hall – this classic Victorian pub located between St Stephens Green and Dublin Castle has been welcoming guests since 1766. The pub exudes old world charm as it has changed little since it last real renovations in the 1800’s. Handcrafted wood carvings, beveled glass, and a rich red theme throughout the walls and ceilings make for a cozy, low key warmth that screams Ireland.
Dawson Lounge – tucked just off of St Stephen’s Green, the Dawson Lounge holds the title of smallest pub in Dublin. A number of steps bring you down to the bar which at its capacity can fit just under 40 people. One of the benefits is you are never too far from the bartender so you can shout out your order without getting out of your seat!
Toners – this pub has been frequented by Irish literary greats over the years and it is said this is the only pub Yeats would drink in.….Opened in 1818 as a bar and grocery store Toners has also been voted Best Traditional Pub and Dublin Bar of the Year making this a must visit while in Dublin. Home to one of the largest beer gardens in Dublin, it is ideal for a visit during the summer months.
The Barge – overlooking the gates at Charlemont Bridge, the Barge is a Dublin institution attracting locals and visitors to congregate along the banks of the grand canal for great “craic” on the waterfront. Provides no less than 4 separate bars under its roof and offering a scrumptious lunch and dinner menu, the Barge should be a stop for any visitor to Dublin.
Dingle Whiskey Bar – for whiskey lovers in the group, the Dingle Whiskey Bar provides the opportunity to sample from a list of over 200 whiskeys. Taking its name from the Dingle Distillery which have the same owners, the pub is crafted with a cozy interior using reclaimed whiskey barrel oakwood getting visitors into the spirit upon entering.
The Living Room – if sports are your thing, a visit to the Living Room is a must. With one of the biggest beer gardens in Dublin and home to the largest outdoor TV screen in Europe you will almost feel like you are at the game. Live music and a DJ with a late bar offers up one of Dublin’s most lively party venues.