Crawling Dublin’s Pubs

April 16, 2012 by

Tours & Activities, Travel Tips, Uniquely Dublin


Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland

Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland

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

Check out the fun, music, and beer on the Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl!


- Philippa Burne

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