Sure, itís the oldest pub in the city, but thatís about all it has going for it. The atmosphere is alright, I suppose, but itís primarily tourists and doesnít feel particularly authentic.
tomer (84) Rishon Le Zion, Israel | September 4, 2014| Updated December 22, 2014
A big place that consists of a few traditional looking bars built around a central courtyard that is a great to sit in in summer.
The selection is quite standard for an Irish pub with mainly Guinness and Co. brands, allthough i did find Tom creans 18/35, which was a really nice suprise. The food is the normal pub fare which i did not try .
Overall, a nice place to dwel on the classics, but not much more.
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.
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.
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.