10 charming Dublin pubs for a perfectly fresh post-work pint
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We like to explore our options, friends.
Which is why we're over sticking to the same pub each and every week. There's no denying that Dublin boasts its fair share of exceptional pubs whether it's the atmosphere, the historical aspects, the homely vibe or the location — there are simply too many to choose from. But hopefully, we've assisted in narrowing your search (for now) for that post-work pint.
You’ll be a lucky bunch to get in the front door of this snug and welcoming Baggot Street spot. It hasn't changed (that much) over its 85 years and it's still widely renowned as one of the best pubs in Dublin. The nostalgic element certainly helps (The Dubliners were formed here) as does the live music from 9pm. Expect soup and sambos whenever your heart desires.
Get to Upper Baggot Street for the perfect spot to eat, drink and meet and greet on match days and even after a long day's work. You can choose to sit at the bar and enjoy your favourite tipple or make use of the large beer garden out back. Take a peek at the brunch and a la carte menu, that includes green avocado salad, roast of the day, pan-seared fillet and a whole host of desserts. There's something (including a fresh pint of Guinness!) to please every palate.
This family-owned Ranelagh pub is renowned for ensuring everyone has a super time. It's a very handy hub for both locals and those simply wanting to have a good time, providing a warm atmosphere for the night. Be sure to give the salted caramel espresso martini a try and get there early on match days!
The Brazen Head
Dating back to 1198, The Brazen Head is, in fact, Ireland's oldest pub. You'll find great food (including Guinness and Irish stew, plus contemporary dishes), live music and storytelling. It's a must-visit for visitors to Dublin, natives to the big smoke or indeed, you and your colleagues.
Its timeworn walls and proximity to Christchurch (Dublin's oldest building), Dublin Castle and The Liberties help visitors to appreciate the oldest part of the city even more. Enjoy your pint!
The 18th-century pub in Poolbeg is full of regulars or indeed, those going to the Abbey Theatre or moseying from the nearby IFSC. Known as 'the home of the pint' you'll find yourself immersed in a world gone by, with a fine pint, of course.
This place has been visited by Judy Garland, John F. Kennedy (in the 50s, before he became the US president), James Joyce (a much-loved regular in his time), and it was a frequent hub for Trinity College students, 'steely dockers' and de Valera's newspaper writers. We love it!
To South William Street! Plenty believe this is THE pub if you're looking for the perfect, most exceptional pint of Guinness. If you appreciate art and storytelling, look out for the pub's next book event and even pop in on your own time (or with like-minded colleagues) and take in all the artwork covering the pub walls — it's really quite something. Don't forget to enjoy one of Grogans' famous toasties, oh, and it's great for people watching too.
Hole in the Wall
Located at the walls of the Phoenix Park — the pub's name comes from the practice of serving those cool pints through… well… a hole in the wall. It was during a time when British soldiers weren't allowed to leave the Phoenix Park (and so the hole was necessary), and yes, this place is steeped in history too. It was even an old coach house in the 17th century. There's a lovely wine shop (should you be gift shopping before you get home) and restaurant within. The pub boasts a no corkage policy, a delish early bird menu and of course, a pint that's sure to delight.
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For over 110 years, Fagan's in Drumcondra has been renowned for its regulars and friendly staff, yummy food and thirst-quenching pints. They have a fantastic cocktail menu too. With rich, warm interiors (yet totally unpretentious) you'll love spotting all the celebs, musicians and writers who have either visited (as is evident on the walls) or continue to pop in.
A true traditional pub in Clontarf with a unique heritage, it looks like a Victorian home from the outside. The pub prides itself on how it has managed to remain just as it was over 100 years ago (bar the light fittings). It's mosaic tiles and original wooden flooring add an authentic feel people love. Bram Stoker was born nearby and this friendly spot was frequented by Oscar Wilde too.
The seaside town that is Malahide is not only gorgeous, but it's also home to a firm favourite — Gibneys! With over 100 bottled beers, 27 varieties on tap and 500 wine options — we're spoiled for choice (although, let's be honest, nothing beats that fresh pint of black stuff!). The pub grub — if you're feeling in need of a nibble — is yummy.
We could, of course, go on forever naming great Dublin pubs that are not only perfect on the weekend, ideal for an evening or night out and of course, key for a fresh post-work pint. But, for now, these are well worth your time everyone — they're some of the finest about!
So, where to after work?
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