Ireland > Dublin
melush (20) , Spain | March 16, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
wimpyjoe (1211) Hebden Bridge, England | October 24, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 14/20
To the west of the main centre and close to the river, youíd pass close to here if you were making your way on foot to the Guinness Storehouse attraction. The pub claims to be not just the oldest in Dublin, but in Ireland with a huge painted sign outside saying just that. The original building has clearly gone, and probably a few after it too as this has a thoroughly bland look at first glance. When you venture in the main drinking rooms are all around a central courtyard that has the greatest historic appeal about the place. Some of the rooms do have open fires but these are clearly purposeful additions which do help create a fine ambiance. The courtyard is busy given the smoking ban in Ireland, but if live music is on (and it can be in the daytime not just evening) the room with the musicians is likely to be packed. There are four rooms packed with tables and chairs and all have a comfortable period appeal to them and have been well-designed. Like most pubs in the centre this one attracts plenty of tourists who make up the lion share of the clientele willing to pay the inflated prices. The selection is good but very general for the city. Food is served here.
chriso (368) London, England | July 3, 2013
44 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 9/20
I havenít been in a while but, unless something has changed dramatically, this isnít really a beer destination. Sure itís old and, sure, it has Guinness, but doesnít everywhere? And, of course, it is very touristy these days. I guess, despite the increase in the number of places in Dublin with some beery interest, it is still pretty much obligatory to have a Guinness or two in historic surroundings. But there are many more historic bars for that that are far more authentic than this one.
rickhall28 (248) Denville, New Jersey | March 7, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
This is a must visit for any pub lover and music lover. The history in this place and the overall atmosphere is great (maybe less so for a native as they know similar places throughout Ireland...but as a visitor...with limited time...why not go to the place with history thatís easy to find?). The night we were there we heard a great live jam session of traditonal music and met some really fun tourists like ourselves...they were from the Netherlands and enjoyed the place as muchg as we did. The Guinness was certainly good there.
Deu (13) Nantes, France | November 2, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Great place. Often brings foreigner here. Great music (not on saturday), Great food and great Guinness. I would like more different beers but the Guinness is really good there
Leeale (14) , | July 2, 2012
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
I found myself bored in my visit to The Brazen Head, I also found to place to be quite expensive.
Foxbush (77) Richmond, Virginia | March 10, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Our taxi driver said this is one of the oldest pubs in Dublin. The entance way was of stone. the small rooms were like some other pubs we visited. There was an outside area for warmer weather. We visited in March. Limited beer offerings to the standard taps for Guinness, Budwiser, Bulmers (hard cider) and Carlsberg.
Mathieu87 (125) Ganshoren, Belgium | March 6, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Not the beergeeky place youíre looking for. But the oldest pub in Ireland got its charms. Food looked really great :p I recommend going over there for a quick beer at night.
MiamiRedhawk (10) Downers Grove, Illinois | January 31, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
ok, i was here last year, probably the coolest place ever if you dont care about the food or service, guinness was flowing and there was a small band playing with instruments etc... it was a great little sunday afternoon. I go there every time i am in dublin
gopherfan99 (52) , Croatia | November 5, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped here for lunch, so it was not very crowded or full of tourists. The food was good but it didnít seem like a place to spend an evening.
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