Dublin is a city of pubs. It is the place people go to eat, drink, relax, laugh, and for the craic, as they say in Ireland. You’d be hard-pressed to go to Dublin and not end up in at least one pub. And once you’ve experienced the history and atmosphere of one Irish pub you’re likely to want to explore a few more, some for their music, some for their literary connections, some for their party atmosphere and some for their food and quiet relaxation.
Whatever your idea of fun, there’ll be an Irish pub suited to it. The question then is how to choose your pub and how to stop at just one, and after a few Guinnesses how to ensure that you’re still on track for visiting the quality establishments and not just randomly walking the center of Dublin in circles. One suggestion is to do a bit of research of the best pubs in town, circle them on your map and head out onto the streets prepared. Another is to take a tour. There are a couple of popular pub crawl tours in Dublin, the Dublin Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl is based around music and is led by Irish musicians, and the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl visits the pubs most loved by Dublin’s famous writers: Joyce, Beckett, Wilde etc with stories told to accompany you along the way.
If you do choose to go it alone, here are a few pubs worth including on your list:
The Duke Pub on Duke Street
Oliver St John Gogarty’s in Temple Bar
The Ha’penny Bridge Inn on Wellington Quay
Isolde’s Tower at Essex Gate in Temple Bar
Davy Byrnes on Duke Street