Ireland > Dublin
rulas3 (27) Madrid, Spain | December 16, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
good place but not the best one, some of the taps are very common, looks like a sports bar, but still have good stuff though
tomer (47) Rishon Le Zion, Israel | September 16, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Situated opposite Christ Church Cathedral, quite close to Leo Burdock fish and chips shop (the location on the map is wrong), the place is very nicely decorated but also too sleek and souless, the service professional but indifferent, the beer list, at the upstairs beer hall is quite superb. I’m not sure if i really like this place.
beerfest5 (88) Dublin, Ireland | April 9, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
This is a funny place, not sure how to rate it fairly actually. Exterior and interior décor are absolutely fantastic, classy, comfortable, charming, can’t say enough about the look of it. The food menu is equally wonderful, had a 10oz ribeye with chips and was cooked perfectly, the rest of the group had different mains and they all loved them. Here’s where this place gets weird, the waiters were from Eastern Europe and couldn’t care less about beer, what’s on draft, what’s in the cooler, and what’s worse is they got annoyed with me for asking, like I should just order a Guinness and be happy about it. Beer hall is being renovated, so I’ll have to come back to see that when its done. Overall this is a wonderful place that I will definitely be back to, but I’ll talk directly to the barman first.
northropfrye (190) Steinbach, Manitoba | July 16, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad place. Nice selection of draft and bottles, mostly Irish, English and Belgian. Nothing rare. Knowledgable staff. Good food.
goozen (91) Leiden, Netherlands | June 24, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Go up the stairs to the beerhall. Lot of taps with the regular Irish ones and lot of Irish Craft beers. Also a fridge of (Northern) Irish beers and other countries.
kathouse (63) Nevada | May 11, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Across the street from Christchurch, we ate at the Steakhouse since the Beer Hall was not open yet. Very quaint location with the same beer selections available. The service and food were both outstanding. 14 taps of craft beer and 1 cask selection of small breweries around Ireland. Tasters were available and the price was reasonable. I’d like to go back.
ACD (32) Dublin, Ireland | April 26, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
I come here a lot, so thought it’s only right that I give it an update!
As the Irish beer scene improves, so does this place. The B&C has always been a real champion of Irish craft brewing with a permanent base of ten or so taps, alongside 4 or 5 rotation taps, and one cask pump. The recent surge of productivity of Irish brewers and new operations opening has meant that there’s always plenty of interesting (and often one-off) local stuff here.
Downstairs is a cosy restaurant with good quality locally sourced food (meat comes from the renowned butcher, FX Buckley), upstairs is a Bavarian-style beer hall with benches and long oak tables - always a good atmosphere.
Staff are all a good laugh and service is always quick.
As I said, the emphasis is on Irish craft beer, but they occasionally have an import or two on rotation - usually either from Sierra Nevada or a Belgian brewery, so there’s a decent choice. Decent enough bottle list with a mix of British, Belgian, and American stuff alongside a good few German weizens. Nothing too crazy-exciting though - prices are average for Dublin.
Good atmosphere on rugby match days in particular, as they have a big projector screen in the beerhall - always pulls in a huge crowd.
A Dublin beer institution - well worth a look.
ceck82 (37) , Spain | April 22, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Seguramente volvería mas por la comida que por la cerveza aunque no falte, mas que suficiente las selecion de craft, casi todas las irlandesas.
Ahora la comida es increible, totalmente de acuerdo con quien diga: el mejor gastropub de Dublin!!!
rickhall28 (294) Parsippany, New Jersey | March 7, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Arrived here late afternoon after a long walk from St. James Gate. The place was mostly empty...but I could appreciate the layout and great feel of the bar. The couple of bartenders I talked to really enjoyed helping me try a variety of beers and shared much about the culture of the place. I thought the selection was very good. I also liked the decor that used a lot of beer signage in a good way. Upstairs is the place to go. I recommend a stop here if you are not going too far out of your way.
SudsMcDuff (183) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | January 13, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
this place was the happening place in dublin, packed as all hell. . a few cask items, one of them a one off. good selection of local stuff. . light bottle list. . interesting part of dublin, a few annoying bums around, gave the last few ounces of my beer to one so he would leave me alone.
Dogbrick (752) Columbus, Ohio | December 31, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
(Visited 11/2011): Bull & Castle is located not too far from St. Patrick’s Cathedral off Thomas Street. It is pretty close to the hop on-hop off bus stops too.
The interior is multilevel with a cozy seating area and small bar downstairs. White stone and tile ceilings. There is a beer hall upstairs.
Bull & Castle’s beer selection consists of around 15 draughts and one cask option, with brewers like Rebel, Galway Hooker, Metalman and Trouble Brewing represented. Over 100 bottled beers broken out by region on the menu.
Service on our lunch visit was hit or miss. The guy who sat us and waited on us initially looked put out as if we we were interrupting his day somehow, but the bartender with whom I spoke briefly and the other person who waited our table were nice so I guess it is a wash.
Our meals at Bull & Castle were enjoyable.
Overall this place has a nice atmosphere and pretty solid beer selection, and I would visit again.
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