Dublin is the Capital city of Ireland but above all is the main place to drink a good Guinness in a great pub. You can’t miss this experience. So, the Maldron Hotel team did some research for you, here is a small list of the best pubs in the city.
The Temple Bar
The most famous is obviously the Temple Bar pub in the Temple bar district. You can’t miss this red Irish building listed by Dublin City Council on its Record of Protected Structure. This pub proposes an ample collection of rare Irish Whiskies (more than 450)! Inside, you can enjoy the typical atmosphere of a lively pub and meet people from all over the world who come to drink a good beer. You also could enjoy some live music concerts scheduled every day!
47-48, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 N725
Located in the Temple Bar district, the Palace Bar is a Victorian pub. Stepping inside is like stepping back in time to the 20th century. Indeed, the decor is the same as 189 years ago! At that time, the Pub was the refuge of many intellectual personalities as well as the Editor of the Irish Times. Otherwise, if you like whiskey, there is a cozy whiskey bar upstairs to enjoy their impressive collection of this liquor.
21 Fleet St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 H950
The Confession Box
If you like places with history, you should go to the Confession box pub located in the North of the O’Connell bridge in Marlborough Street. We can easily associate this name because of its proximity to the St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. But during the independence war, this pub was the mark of Michael Collins (an Irish revolutionary, soldier and politician of the 20th century). You can easily imagine all the strategies built between these walls. Otherwise, if you cross the street, you could eat one of the best fish and chips in the district at the Fusciardi Café.
88 Marlborough St, North City, Dublin 1, D01 X267
This pub, set up in 1856, was at the beginning the home of the Freeman’s Journal. Today Cassidy’s pub can be defined as a bohemian, hipsters and nerds’ place. Inside you can find a lot of colorful comics pictures with Batman and Star Wars and graffiti on the walls. By the way, each visitor is very encouraged to add one more on the wall, a table or a lamp… It’s the best place to play at some board games or to start a session of ‘Dungeons and Dragons’, a famous immersive roleplay game. If you are not totally convinced by this place, just come set foot there at Westmoreland Street, in Dublin 2.
27 Westmoreland St, Dublin, D02 PX77
Did you know the Maldron Hotel Smithfield are neighbours to one of the oldest pubs of Dublin? The Cobblestone is the typical Irish pub that you should visit in Ireland. With these live of Irish music 7 day/ week you can be sure to discovers the traditional warm atmosphere of Ireland. This Pub is a real monument of Irish culture spared a few years ago from a real estate project to build a hotel, the population fought for its protection.
77 King St N, Smithfield, Dublin, D07 TP22
Gravity Bar @ Guinness Storehouse
The Gravity Bar has one of the most impressive views of the city. On this Rooftop you can see from the Wicklow Mountains to Phoenix Park. This Pub is part of the Guinness Storehouse, so you can visit the emblematic place where the iconic beer is produced and relax on the rooftop enjoying a pint. From this place you also can book a taste experience to try several types of Guinness or have lunch in the restaurant.
St. James’s Gate, Dublin 8, D08 VF8H
Unexpected to recommend a Scottish place in Ireland but you should go to the Brew dog bar. This pub is located in Capital Dock, it’s the 100th of the group. Being a part of a huge company does not significate less quality. Actually, this pub produces their craft beers on site! So, take a seat in the garden and relax with a good beer and if you are hungry, you also can enjoy a food menu that includes pizza, salad, burgers and even for vegans it proposes the “beyond menu”.
Three Locks Square, 4, Dublin Docklands, Dublin 2, D02 E5R7
This pub, centrally located in Dublin City 2 near Trinity College, is a large space with 3 different bars. After a long day of walking around Dublin this is a beautiful place to have a beer while resting and if you like to watch some sporting event McGrattans bar is used to showing them on those TV screens.
76 Fitzwilliam Ln, Dublin 2
The George is a famous gay pub in Dublin. Pub during the day and club at night, you can enjoy the ambiance of one of Ireland’s oldest and biggest gay bars. Everyone is welcome in this place, to learn more about Irish’ LGBT+ history, to dance, to drink alone in a peaceful place while travelling alone or discover one party night with drag bingo show a Saturday night.
89 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, D02 R220
The Market Bar
For the last pub of our review, we choose an unexpected place to let you discover the diversity of places and cultures in Dublin. Located in a vast 19th century Victorian warehouse, the Market Bar is a pub and Mediterranean food restaurant. Before, this warehouse was a sausage factory and in 1950 a fish market. Today, the warm atmosphere of this pub is transmitted by the large red-brick walls and sound of people eating and talking. Otherwise, the Market bar proposes several events like live music sessions or comedy show so just have a look on its website to see the schedule.
14A Fade St, Dublin 2