Every year, when St Patrick’s Day rolls around yet again, there’s always one thing at the top of our priority. Helping you track down the absolute best pubs in Dublin to visit if you just want to sink a couple of pints of Guinness with locals.
So, with that in mind, we enlisted List compiled, local resident Orla Doyle, a Dublin pubs expert to take on the arduous task of tracking down the tried and tested (and tried again) pubs you should all be visiting this St Patrick’s Day. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.
Kehoes, South Anne Street
“The first place has to go to Kehoes, simply because it’s like an old man’s country pub in the heart of the city; the staff know regulars by their first names, and also their orders. It’s just a good country pub with a great atmosphere.” Sounds like a no-brainer to us.
Kehoes, 9 South Anne Street, Dublin
O'Donoghue's, Baggot Street
“This pub will always have a traditional session (think tin whistles, fiddles, guitar, harmonica, and lots of Irish jigging) at the weekends, does a lovely toastie and a pint, has great atmosphere and again, it’s another country pub in the city.”
O’Donoghue’s, 15 Merrion Row, Dublin
The Long Haul, George's Street
“It’s kinda hipster here but The Long Haul is a very traditional Irish bar complete with old muskets and paintings, and is surrounded by some great restaurants.”
The Long Haul, 51 South Great George’s Street, Dublin
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@projecteightyseven #11 Have a Guinness beer in Dublin officially checked off on @verm223 and I’s last full day in Dublin. We had originally planned on going to the Guinness storehouse to have it but our taxi driver, who seemed like a seasoned vet, convinced us that the best pour, the locals pour, was at this joint, The Long Hall. It was by far the best Guinness I’ve ever had, and sitting at the bar in Dublin sharing a glass with my brother, JV, reflecting on our trip and all the things that happened in seeking this one thing was a moment ill cherish always. When I released the list John texted me that he was in on #11 and there we were, doing the damn thing, and having an additional four days of shared memories we’ll never forget because so. #11: CHECK #project87 #GODOIT
Grogan's Castle Lounge, South William Street
“This will feel like you’re in your Granny’s sitting room, complete with old carpets and furniture, but if the weather is nice people will be drinking outside at Grogans. It’s really where everyone who knows Dublin goes to, so you’re sure to meet the locals here! And again, it’s famous for a toastie and a pint.”
Grogan’s, 15 South William Street, Dublin
Sam's Bar, Dawson Street
“If you’re not into the old man pub vibe, Sam’s is basically where all the trendy cool kids who love a boogie will be found sipping G&Ts, and generally ripping up the dance floor.”
Sam’s Bar, 36 Dawson Street, Dublin
Lemon and Duke, Royal Hibernian Way
“A newer place on the Dublin scene, Lemon and Duke is super cool with really good food whether you’re visiting for lunch or dinner. This place is vintage inspired and owned by two rugby pro’s, Rob and Dave Kearney.”
Lemon & Duke, 1 Royal Hibernian Way, Duke Lane, Dublin
Zozimus, Anne's Lane
“Another place where they do fab cocktails. It’s close to Kehoes (just down the laneway) and across from Sam’s. It has umbrellas lining the street as you walk up so you can’t miss it.”
Zozimus, Centenary House, Anne’s Lane, Anne Street South, Dublin
Have any more Dublin pub suggestions? Pop them in the comments!