Top Five Irish Pubs You Should Visit

Kavanaghs Pub
The pub is located at 1 Prospect Square, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
Also known as Gravediggers, the pub is located beside the main gates of the massive Glasnevin Cemetery. Needless to say, most of their patrons before were the cemetery workmen from next door. The pub has preserved the look and feel from the day it was established – which was 1833. But the pub is no longer as gloomy – although some say ghosts frequent the place, too!
John Kavanaghs lays claim to being the oldest family pub in Dublin the current properietor is Eugene Kavanagh who is already part of the 6th generation to take care of the business. The look of the pub is genuine Victorian.
Just like Mulligan’s they also have this reputation of serving one of the best pints in Dublin. Bar food is simple home made soups and sandwiches. Don’t expect to see TV or expect to hear any kind of music in the pub – nothing but good conversations!
You can contact Kavanaghs Pub at +353 (0) 1 830 7978.
The Brazen Head
The pub is located at 20 Bridge Street, Dublin 8.
The pub claims to be Dublins oldest – having started pouring beer since 1198 (the building was built only in the mid 1700s), which means they have been serving way before licensing laws came into effect in 1635. nobody really disputes their claims as people are not there to hate – they are there to enjoy a good pint!
The Brazen Head is known to be one of the best for Dublin live music. The pub is divided into three parts – with the two larger ones hosting the live music. The smaller middle room is the original pub – complete with low-beamed ceiling and Victorian fireplaces.
Aside from being a pub, the place is also a restaurant – best known for quiet dining and the view of their cobbled stone courtyard. They serve traditional and contemporary dishes. Traditional includes their famous Beef and Guinness and Irish stews. They also have a selection of fresh seafood – salmon, mussels, cod and oysters to name a few.
The pub is located just five minutes walking distance from the Guinness Storehouse – where they brew the famous Irish original that everyone is serving!
You can contact The Brazen Head at +353 (0) 1 677 9549 or +353 (0) 1 679 5186
The Hole in the Wall
The pub is located at Blackhorse Avenue, Phoenix Park, Dublin 7.
The pub is not hard to find. It’s right next to the Phoenix Park the pub and park walls are actually fused together. The pub is a combination of several old houses, which makes it the longest pub in all of Ireland.
The pub was named in honor of an age old tradition in the place serving drinks through a hole in the wall of the Phoenix Park to members of the army garrison stationed in the area.
The pub is also known for their great food – especially since head chef Damien Grey of “The Restaurant” is behind the cooking. A new dining room was opened last year. Be sure to check out the house specialty: chicken breast with butternut squash, artichokes, shitake mushrooms, and beurre blanc. The place is much a restaurant as it is a pub. So be sure to check out both offerings as they are sure to satisfy.
They also have a newly opened wine shop – serving the extensive wine list offered in the restaurant.
You can contact The Hole in the Wall at +353 (0) 1 838 9491.
The Auld Dubliner
The pub is found at 24 / 25 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
You won’t miss it. Aside from its location in the Temple Bar District, the pub is also know for the bright mural painted on its wall – an old Dublin docker with a big beer belly, a captains hat and a newspaper sticking out of his pocket and right beside him is a Jack Russell Terrier relieving himself on the wall. Behind them is a stained-glass window with the words The Auld Dubliner.
Much like the Long Stone, the pub is also a happening place frequented mostly by the young and loud crowd. But on full nights it is filled with customers from different ages – all looking to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can come during the day for a more relaxing atmosphere.
They offer a tasty mix of traditional Irish dishes and contemporary food choices – from the age old Irish Lamb Stew and Coddle to Vegetarian Stir Fry and Crunchy Baguettes.
You can contact The Auld Dubliner at (+353) (0) 1 677 0527
The pub is located at 15 Merrion Row, Dublin.
The pub is considered a historically significant establishment and is the most famous of all the pubs in Ireland. The place was built in 1789 and was originally a grocery store. It began operating as a pub in 1934 after it was purchased by the O’Donoghue family.
The Pub is closely associated with Irish traditional music. It was the place where the popular Irish folk group The Dubliners began performing and started making a name for themselves. Other Irish musicians who have playes at O’Donoghue’s include Christy Moore, The Fureys, Seamus Ennis, Joe Heaney and Phil Lynott. Val Doonican of the Val Doonican Show also frequented the place. The photographs of these artists are lined in the walls of the pub. Take note of the portraits of the Dubliners: Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Ciaran Bourke, John Sheahan and Barney McKenna as well as later members Eamonn Campbell and Sean Cannon they hang to the right of the entrance near the spot where the nightly sessions are played.
In 1988, O’Donoghue’s was purchased by Oliver Barden who allowed the pub to continue the musical traditions that has made it one of the most popular pubs in Dublin.
Live music is on seven nights a week. Musicians from all over Ireland come together in the pub to share their love of Irish traditional music. ODonoghues is also a favorite meeting place on rugby weekend. They welcome fellow rugby lovers from countries England, Scotland, Wales, France, and Italy annually for the Six Nations Tournament. Be sure to visit the place during these times, too. Just make sure to book early for those days!
The place can get really crowded especially during the tourist season – especially when there is live music. The dimly lit and yet surprisingly large pub is actually part of several guided tours. Easily accessible from the pub is St. Stephens Green and the selection of fine restaurants all around. Then, there’s Grafton Street which is filled with shopping boutiques and establishments.
The guest rooms are complete with TV and refrigerator – available as Singles, Twins, and Doubles accommodation. Rates are as low as 60 euros per night.
You can contact ODonoghues at +353 (0) 1 660 7194.