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11 Favorite Traditional Irish Pubs in Dublin
We seek out Irish Pubs wherever we go in the world for the feeling of fellowship and friendship that they offer. We love Irish Pubs for their traditional dark wood décor, dim lighting, great bartenders, and perfect Guinness pours. When we visit Dublin, stopping in at our favorite Pubs and exploring new ones is one of our favorite sightseeing activities. Dublin has perfected the tradition of the Pub for centuries, and of course is the home of Guinness.
When you visit Dublin, you should see the fun, crowded, touristy Temple Bar area full of pubs. It will not disappoint in its craziness. Kudos to the bartenders at The Temple Bar who are churning out drinks and never missing a beat.
Then, for a wonderful and different experience, venture out in this super walkable city to find more traditional Pubs. Where you can relax with friends or meet new friends, chatting for hours over a pint or two. We walk into these 11 Favorite Irish Pubs and feel at home with their cozy, welcoming atmosphere. Where we can settle in to talk about anything and everything and have some laughs. Overall, two things all of our favorite Pubs in Dublin have in common is their history and outstanding Guinness pours.
Our 11 Favorite Pubs in Dublin
The Boar’s Head A wonderful pub that a friend who is a “true Dub” introduced us to. The atmosphere and food are great, and the pints are perfect. A short walk from Jameson’s Distillery, if you want to combine a meal with the Whiskey Tasting Tour.
Mulligans Pub Many nooks and snugs all around this pub, with bartenders always ready to pull your next pint as soon as they see your glass going empty.
The Stag’s Head Beautiful and unique pub with amazing stag decor, stained glass windows, and dark woods. Great atmosphere.
Peter’s Pub A nice local feel, which is where the phrase “your local” came from. Your neighborhood pub is a place to go to have a meal, have a pint, see your friends. Most are very family-friendly. Meanwhile …
…The Long Hall Which actually has a sign that says, “No children allowed at any time.” 😂 This Pub has been in business for over 250 years, the interior décor is from 1881.
The Brazen Head One of the oldest pubs in Ireland, with a great menu, wonderful outside area, perfect pints. An easy walk from St. Patrick’s or the Guinness Storehouse.
Darkey Kelly’s This pub was a recommendation from a friend when we wanted to see a proper traditional Irish band. The band was great, and the bar was packed with everyone ready to enjoy the music.
The Palace Bar Established in 1823, what a wonderful place, steeped in history. And very crowded the night we were there. We were lucky enough to share a snug with some delightful locals and had great conversation and pints.
The Cobblestone As their tagline says, “a drinking pub with a music problem.” Another wonderful pub for the live music.
Lincoln’s Inn Near Trinity College and on the way to Aviva Stadium. A perfect place for food and pints before walking to your sporting event.
The Merry Cobbler Located to one side of Aviva Stadium, a wonderful spot to have a pint with a great outdoor area and a friendly crowd.
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