No trip to Ireland would be complete without a trip to a good Irish pub. Luckily, The Stag’s Head Pub is right in the heart of Dublin but it is a hidden gem. This means that those propped on the stools around the bar tend to actually have Irish accents, not American or Australian or any other backpacking nation, even in the height of tourist season.
The Stag’s Head is a wonderfully authentic cosy pub with dark wood panelling, leather banquettes, and excellent food. One of my friends (yes, an American) said that the hamburger was the best she’d had in her life! The bacon and creamy cabbage also gained high praise. There’s been a tavern on this site since 1790 but the current Stag’s Head was built in the 1890s and is a very well preserved example of the cosy Victorian-era pub. They even still have the little parlour lounge off to one side – once the smoking room.
Downstairs in the Stag’s Tail there are regular sessions of Irish music. But to enjoy all this conviviality, you actually have to find the place. It’s at 1 Dame Court, which is hidden down a little covered passageway off Dame Street. You can also get there from Georges Street or Exchequer Street. And of course, once you get inside, there on the wall is a huge stag’s head gazing down at you, just so you know you’re in the right place. Order a pint of Guinness, settle on a stool and soak up the Dublin atmosphere.