Pubs of Dublin: Cheers To A Craic-ing Good Time

airtransat By airtransat / 28 April 2018

Pubs of Dublin: Cheers To A Craic-ing Good Time

airtransat By airtransat

Article by Tim Johnson originally published in the May-October 2018 edition of the Atmosphere magazine. Read the latest edition here.

We round up some of the best pubs in Dublin

Streets of DublinYou’ll find one on every corner of the ancient city of Dublin, from the Temple Bar neighbourhood to the banks of the River Liffey to Trinity College. The Irish pub, that incubator of poets, writers and musicians. Everyone from James Joyce to Oscar Wilde to Bono has drunk a pint in a Dublin pub. But most Irishmen (and women) will tell you that these public houses are little more than a time-honoured excuse to have a craic, Irish for a good time.


Beer tap being poured

Come hungry when you visit O’Neill’s. Under a glowing portrait of Arthur Guinness, patrons tuck into the city’s best “carvery,” an array of heavy, hearty Irish favourites, from roast beef to stews and shepherd’s pie. Linger in a dark corner, or gather with friends at one of the big, communal tables to watch Gaelic sports shown on big-screen TVs scattered around the space.

Order this drink: With a huge L-shaped bar featuring 64 beers, ales, ciders and stouts, O’Neill’s features a number of excellent Irish craft beers. Try Sabotage, an India pale ale from Trouble Brewing.


Man drinking his beer alone

Come here any night of the week and you may run into a member of The Dubliners, who in the 1960s went from these bar stools to worldwide fame and still pop in to take part in the city’s longest- running jam session. Halfway through the evening, the bodhrans and fiddles start up, strumming traditional Irish music. Everyone is welcome to join in, and that includes Bruce Springsteen and Justin Timberlake, both of whom have stopped by to play an impromptu show at this humble little pub.

Order this drink: They say that Guinness® always tastes better in Ireland, and they have this porter, in abundance, on tap here.


Bar in Dublin: The Liquor Rooms

Come for the beer, stay for the bullet holes. Sitting right on the front lines of the 1916 Easter Rising and the 1919-21 Irish War of Independence, the Swan, which was once owned by a dedicated Republican, served as a weapons cache and hideout during these conflicts for Irish sovereignty. Ask the bartender on duty to show you the secret passageway, hidden in the back, before he pulls you a pint.

Order this drink: Tom Crean’s Irish Lager is a staple here.

Dart board game

Fish and chips

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