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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
(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.