Popular pubs in Dublin

Pubs occupy a central place in Irish society and are frequently visited by the Irish. In the past, many residents of the Irish capital Dublin lived in overcrowded neighborhoods and generally had little comfort. So people were eager to escape from their everyday routine and be welcomed somewhere warm and hospitable. The pub was usually the best option. Dublin is known worldwide for its pubs and you can’t fully experience this city without trying one of its famous pubs. But where should you go? What are the popular pubs in Dublin?

Temple Bar

Most of Dublin’s pubs are found in Temple Bar, an area in the city center on the banks of the River Liffey. The area is bounded by Dame Street to the south, Westmoreland Street to the east, Fishamble Street to the west and the Liffey to the north.
Temple Bar is a nice and charming area where the pubs are always busy during the day and in the evening. In general, these pubs are more populated by tourists than locals.

Opening hours

Under Irish law, pubs in Dublin can open at 10:30 am Monday to Thursday, with last orders placed no later than 11:30 pm. On Friday and Saturday the pubs open at the same time, but they can stay open an hour longer than on other working days. On Sundays, pubs in Dublin open from 12:30 PM and bars in the Irish capital close at 11:00 PM.

Service and tip

Many of Dublin’s traditional pubs don’t have table service, so you’ll have to order your desired drinks at the bar.
In pubs, bar staff do not expect tips. If you are with a large group or have had exceptional service from the staff at the pub, you may want to consider leaving a few euros as a tip. It is certainly appreciated, but is certainly not an obligation when visiting an Irish pub!


In most pubs in Dublin you can order a pint of beer, although it is also possible to order half a pint in some pubs. A pint is equivalent to 0.5682612 liters and prices vary per pub, but expect to pay at least €6 for a pint in 2017. Prices for imported beers, cocktails and spirits are higher.

Popular pubs in Dublin

In Dublin you will find an extensive range of pubs, but which are popular and definitely worth a visit?


Located on Harry Street, McDaid’s is one of the best known literary cafes in Dublin. This little pub has beautiful Art Deco interiors and high ceilings and is very busy, especially at weekends. Despite the crowds, you will be helped quickly and efficiently by the friendly staff at McDaids. If you prefer a quiet spot in this pub, head to the first floor section, where it is calmer and easier to have a good conversation.


Mulligans is an Irish pub at 8 Poolbeg Street in Dublin and is over 200 years old. This bar is loved by Dublin residents and tourists alike. Over the years this pub has had famous visitors including Judy Garland, James Joyce and John F. Kennedy. Mulligans’ space has a striking layout, because the building of this bar consists of several houses. Partly due to the historic Irish interior, this pub has a cozy and authentic atmosphere.

The Brazen Head

The Brazen Head dates back to 1198, making it officially Ireland’s oldest pub. It is unclear how much of the original eleventh century coach house remains intact in the building, but you can certainly feel the history when you visit The Brazen Head. If you’re looking for a truly authentic Irish pub experience, this old pub in Dublin is definitely recommended! The Brazen Head is located at 20 Lower Bridge Street, opposite Four Courts.

The International Bar

The International Bar is known for live music and comedy shows. The café has a beautiful Victorian interior with ornate ornaments. The oak barrels and brass taps complete the historic atmosphere in The International Bar. There is stand-up comedy seven days a week and you can attend these shows for free. There are also regular performances by poets and musicians. This cafe is located at 23 Wicklow Street in Dublin.

The Long Stone

The Long Stone is a popular pub located at 10-11 Townsend Street, opposite the famous Trinity College. This pub is decorated in a Celtic and Viking style and is visited by a very varied audience. In addition to a two-storey bar area, The Long Stone also has a beer garden. While visiting this Irish pub, be sure to check out the huge and striking statue of the Viking god Oden in the back part of The Long Stone.