(Visited 11/2012): Porterhouse Central is on Nassau in the Temple Bar area near Trinity College.
The interior features a long bar along the right side and table seating throughout the rest of the space. Hanging flags and TVs in the bar area, plus some hanging boards explaining different beer ingredients.
Porterhouse features a pretty extensive beer list. There are around 8-10 Porterhouse brews on draught, including Red Ale, Temple Brau, An Brainblásta, XXXX Stout, Chiller and Plain Porter on our visit. All of the beers are above average. As for bottles there are around 100 from all over, as well as the beers that Porterhouse bottles, like Celebration Stout.
Service at the bar on our visit was good. The bartender was familiar with all the Porterhouse beers and was friendly and efficient during our stay. They were playing American football on TV too which was a pleasant surprise.
Food at Porterhouse is pretty good. We shared a gigantic plate of nachos and it was tasty.
Overall I would put Porterhouse at the top of the list of places to visit in Dublin.
I like places like this. Great atmosphere, friendly people. Not too crowded however, unlike the other Porterhouse in Dublin. Large range of beers available both on tap and bottled. Staff was very friendly and although young girls had some knowledge about the beers.
This rating is a two parter. My first Porterhouse experience was the start of my night on a Saturday and at 9pm the bar was already packed. The place is huge and the decor is a cross between old Irish Pub and modern bar. They were playing hip-hop music with the accompanying music videos on 6 or so large flat screen TVs. The crowd was a unique mix of young and old, locals and tourists. Everyone was loose and having a good time. The service was a bit slow at first, but it was crowded so that was to be expected. After a few warm up pints I bar hopped for a while but wound up back at the Porterhouse at 2am. The crowd had dissipated a bit, but there were still plenty of revelers of all ages and nationalities. The music was still fun and all in all is was one of the most fun places we stopped. I returned to the Porterhouse the following day for lunch and was greeted by an even better surprise... an outstanding menu with an emphasis on organic and local. The food is put together with the same level of care that the beer is crafted with. The fish and chips were dusted with fresh dill and the tartar sauce was obviously homemade. The bartender was attentive and answered all of the tough questions I had about their brew process. If the house brewed tap selection doesn’t interest you they have a topflight list of bottles from all over Europe, although nothing too rare. Having been open for 7 years this place really gets it at this point. The Porterhouse on Nassau street is a must stop for anyone traveling to the Dublin area.
Strebs (213) St. Louis, Missouri | January 10, 2015| Updated January 11, 2015
This Porterhouse is huge by Irish standards, and it can feel rather impersonal. I was very impressed with the beer selection with many nice beers from the US, but nothing outstanding.
Huge bar pretty as you walk in the door with several tables all round. 10 of their beers on tap available in flights of 3. Many bottles and guest taps as well. Sat at the bar. Bartender was slammed but on top of it. Food was good as were the beers. TV behind the bar and I think I saw a sign that said wifi.
Large traditional wooden pub just behind Trinity College and 3 minutes walk to Temple Bar area. It seems to be developed mainly across a single floor and not to have a live band performing, differently from many other pubs in the area. Food menu is varied and extensive enough to have everyone happy, going well beyond the basic burgers and bangers. We had a traditional Irish stew and a salad and both were reasonably priced (around EUR 11-13), large and very tasty. Beer selection is good in the sense that they stock a large variety of PH beers (around 10 I’d say), including some seasonals like the RIS, the barley wine and the Kolsch. They also host some other Irish and British craft breweries. Service is prompt and prices reasonable. It’s not a place for ticks but it’s very good for decent beer and good well priced food.
I have to admit that I liked Porterhouse in Temple Bar better. Both the atmosphere and the intricate floor plan. Otherwise they offers much the same; Porterhouse beers and some interesting guest beers. A sample tray is 3 Porterhouse beers (7oz) When I asked for a 1/4 pint of the strong Porterhouse Louder instead of a 1/2 pint, it was no problem. Great service for a beer geek! (Visited February 17th 2016)
Went to the Porterhouse Central many times during our brief stay in dublin. Food was good and presentable and plenty of it and was good vallue for momey. Superb selection of beers on tap and in the chillers. No problem with if you have children and they are well behaved.
Absolutely adore this place.They have a wonderful selection of their ownbeers (chocolate truffle stout being a personal favourite) and excellent bottle selection. Their food is always amazing...one small thing which can be irritating is that at busy periods the food can be a tad slow but otherwise a great place..highly recommended.
Decent sized bar with a good number of tables. Staff are decent if unexceptional, and I never had to wait long for a beer. Great selection of their both own beers on tap and a large number of bottles from elsewhere. Food was pretty good, but nothing to write home about. Music was loud for my taste and there are a number of TVs. It’s a good spot to go for a few pints and watch the football, and their beer’s the best in Dublin.