There is no doubt that Ireland is known for its pubs as pubs are almost always associated with Ireland. There are a lot of Irish pubs opened throughout the globe, but nothing beats the originals. Here is a list of the ten best pubs in the world – all of them are found in Ireland of course!
The Long Stone
This pub is found at 10 Townsend Street, Dublin 2 just minutes from the popular Temple Bar area. The Long Stone is actually a steyne – a pillar used by Norsemen to represent possession of the land.
Established in 1754, the family owned pub takes pride in their excellent customer service and their warm and relaxed ambience. The Celtic themed pub is decorated with Viking elements – be sure to check out the huge statue of the Viking god Balder (god of Light and Warmth) doubles as a fireplace.
The pub attracts a mixed crowd of different ages and tastes – no one will feel left out or out of place in this pub.
They offer a wide range of beers and spirits. They are open up until 2.30 in the morning on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights! Bar food is available all throughout the week.
They serve wines and cider, and of course, beer:
Draught: Guinness, Guinness Extra Cold, Smithwicks, Heineken, Carlsberg, Budweiser, Miller, Kilkenny, Coors Lite
Premium Draught: Erdinger – a warm and semi-spicy German beer brewed from wheat; Warsteiner – a Czech invented German pilsner style beer with a clean and crisp taste; Kronenbourg – a French beer that has a bitter taste and a flowery hop aroma.
Bottled: Heineken, Carlsberg, Budweiser, Miller, Becks, Becks Non-Alcoholic, Holsten, Coors Lite, Satzenbrau, Corona
Premium Bottled: Budvar, Erdinger, Andechser Dunkel, Schneider Weisse Original, Schneider Weisse Kristal, Grolsch, Tiger, Hofbrau, Kriek Boon
You can contact them The Long Stone at +353 (0) 1 6718102
This pub is found within sight of OConnell Bridge in Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. Messrs Maguire was actually named after the first establishment in that location William Maguire and his sons set up business there as suppliers of hemp, flax and rope to the docking ships. Underneath that shop was the Corn Exchange Tavern, which served whiskey and porter to the sailors, passengers, dockworkers and merchants in and around the quay.
The modern day establishment brought the two shops together under one roof. But take note, Messrs Maguire is not just you ordinary pub – it’s a brewery, a cafe bar, a basement tavern, a functioning library, a semi-art exhibit (they have lots of contemporary Irish paintings on display) and a restaurant.
They have a full menu of Irish, continental and world cuisine – from steaks to burgers, pasta to salads and desserts. Be sure to have a taste of their stouts: the classic Dublin Dry and the export quality Extra Strong.
As for entertainment, they play traditional music on Mondays. Their weekends are all about sports – they have huge TV screens!
Late at night, the pub turns into a late bar – complete with DJ’s and a dance floor.
You can contact Messrs Maguire at +353 (0) 1 670 5777.
The pub is found in Grand Canal Street, Dublin.
It’s a really happening place – more of a party atmosphere than a relaxing traditional pub experience. On Friday nights, they have the usual DJ from Ibiza (one of the Spanish Balearic Islands found in the Mediterranean – known for its summer club parties frequented by tourists from all over the world).
The main pub is actually the first of many branches. To be exact, four other pubs are in existence, all under the same name. The pub operates in four other cities: Galway, Paris, Brussels and Boston.
John Mulligan’s Pub
The pub, also known as just plain Mulligan’s, is found in Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2.
Although the pub was established in 1932, the Mulligan name did not begin here but in a pub on Thomas Street beside the old Cornmarket way back in 1782. The Cusack brothers Con and Tommy from Cavan became the owners of Mulligans in 1932 when they got the place from their uncle Mick Smyth who had bought the house from John Mulligan himself.
The pub’s claim to fame was one of its regulars: James Joyce.
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish expatriate writer. He is considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. He is best known for his landmark novel Ulysses (1922) and its successor Finnegans Wake (1939).
He published a collection of 15 short stories entitled Dubliners in 1914. It’s a semi-autobiographical work and some of the characters were actually other regulars of Mulligan’s. Pictured above is a plaque granting Mulligan’s The James Joyce Pub Award.
Mulligan’s is also known for the quality of its Guinness. The pub is known as the home of the pint because they are famous for pouring the so-called perfect pint – a technique that makes use of tilting the glass and letting the beer settle so as to fill the glass with more beer and less froth. Pictured on the left is an example of the perfect pint poured by a Mulligan’s server.
You can contact the pub John Mulligan’s Pub at +353 (0) 1 677 5582.
The pub is located just off Grafton Street at 3 Harry Street, Dublin 2.
The place is located near the city center, which makes it crowded at most times. It’s easily accessible and most of the patrons come and go just like that – good enough for a pint or two and a light snack. But make sure that when you visit you stay long enough to appreciate the pub’s famous art deco interior.
The pub is also known for some of its regulars: Patrick Kavanagh used to drink there Kavanagh is an Irish poet who’s famous and controversial work “The Great Hunger” was once banned by the Minister for Justice due to its overt attack on the religious oppression of the Catholic Church on rural Ireland.
More famous than Kavanagh (and was also confirmed to be more a drinker) was Brendan Francis Behan – also an Irish poet who delved into short stories, novels and plays. Behan was also a committed Irish Republican and a member of the Irish Republican Army. He is the most famous Irish dramatists of the 20th century. Behan described himself as a drinker with a writing problem and said that I only drink on two occasions when Im thirsty and when Im not.
You can contact McDaids at +353 (0) 1 679 4395.