The 10 best pubs in Dublin

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If you pass through Dublin, it will be really hard not to drop by in one of the many pubs in the city. In fact, in Dublin there are over 1000 clubs of this kind! You will find both traditional pubs, which offer performances of typical Irish live music, but also funky city cocktail bars and superpubs, clubs of different levels. In any case, the best pubs in town are the ones that keep its traditional soul, enriched with mirrors, marble and windows. Furthermore, many of these places were founded hundreds of years ago! If you've never tasted a Guinness in Ireland, these are the places where your "first time" will be special.


  1. The Brazen Head
  2. O'Donoghue's
  3. The Long Hall
  4. McDaid's
  5. L Mulligan Grocer
  6. Toner's
  7. The Cobblestone
  8. The Stag's Head
  9. Farrington's
  10. Palace Bar
  11. User questions and comments

1 - The Brazen Head

Dating from the year 1198, the Brazen Head is the oldest pub in Ireland. Today it looks like a lively place, offering live music every night. The building was originally a coach house (it is impossible to tell how much of the ancient building is left). Its walls are lined with ancient images, documents and announcements from the past. There is no shortage of famous patrons who sipped a pint at this pub, including James Joyce, Brendan Behan and Jonathan Swift. The pub is also famous for some of its dishes, including the beef stew and Guinness or for Irish steamed mussels.

  • Address: 20 Bridge Street Lower, Dublin 8
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2 - O'Donoghue's

Even if your plan is to stay in the city for just one night, try not to miss one of the live performance of traditional Irish music at this cozy, always if you manage to enter, as the pub is always packed! A selection of traditional musicians gather for a "session" every night, playing violins, tin whistles (the typical whistle flute), bodhrans (a typical Irish drum) and uilleann pipes. (a type of bagpipe). This pub is also known for being the place where the famous traditional Irish band The Dubliners started making itself known to the general public. The band has returned to play here several times.

  • Address: 15 Merrion Row, Dublin 2
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3 - The Long Hall

This traditional Dublin pub, with its striking red and white exterior, fortunately withstood the complete reconstruction of the surrounding buildings during Ireland's boom period known as the 'Celtic Tiger'. It is very crowded every weekend, so if you want to enjoy your pint of Guinness in peace, choose a midweek day if possible. You can thus fully enjoy wooden interiors, mirrors and decorations.

  • Address: 51 South Great George's St, Dublin 2
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4 - McDaid's

Conveniently located in central, this pub welcomes you with its characteristic decorated ceiling. If your intention is to spend the whole evening here, try to grab a table on one of the upper floors.

  • Address: Harry Street, Dublin 2
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5 - L Mulligan Grocer

Don't even think about ordering a Guinness in this pub! This place offers labels like Mountain Man, Crafty Hen or Belgian Blonde, that is only artisan beers. As the name suggests, L Mulligan Grocer pub was originally a grocery store. Today, however, it also serves as a restaurant that prepares typical Irish specialties.

  • Address: 8 Stoneybatter, Dublin 7
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6 - Toner's

It is another traditional pub dating back to the year 1818. It has a beautiful wooden counter full of objects collected over the years and drawers dating back to when the place was a grocery store. One of the most distinguishing features of the pub is the presence of a cozy room dominated by a bay window, with wooden benches and its own entrance. It is said that the poet WB Yeats loved sipping his drinks right here.

  • Address: 139 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2
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7 - The Cobblestone

If you're heading to Smithfield, stop by The Cobblestone to watch a live traditional music session, but even just for a couple of songs. Be ready to get involved by clapping your hands and feet!

  • Address: 77 King St North, Smithfield, Dublin 7
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8 - The Stag's Head

The Stag's Head is a pub with an ornate wooden counter dating back to the Victorian era and numerous interiors decorated glass and wood finishes. The whole is dominated by a huge deer head, a characteristic from which the place itself takes its name.

This pub can also be particularly crowded on weekends.

  • Address: 1 Dame Court, Dublin 2
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9 - Farrington's

In this lively pub it is located an excellent selection of craft beers. The staff regularly rotates the beers available on tap, so be sure to ask the barman for advice on what to taste during the evening.

  • Address: 28 Eustace St, Dublin 2
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10 - Palace Bar

Another true Dublin pub located near the Temple Bar area. It is the typical local where meet a small circle of friends and have fun with pleasant conversations.

  • Address: 21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2
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