Ireland > Dublin
Dogbrick (733) Columbus, Ohio | January 1, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
(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.
jbrus (166) Delft, Netherlands | October 20, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
nimbleprop (58) SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC | June 17, 2008
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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.
decaturstevo (135) decatur, Tennessee | September 9, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
joe19612 (50) camberley, England | July 1, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Daithi8640862 (1) Dublin, Ireland | March 28, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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.
Mandrake (14) Chester, Nova Scotia | February 5, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
northropfrye (188) Steinbach, Manitoba | July 17, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Pretty similar to the other location. I only stopped by here because the other location was out of the Pale Ale and I wanted to try it. Nice place.
thechandler (10) Charleston, West Virginia | September 20, 2010
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited this place while visiting Dublin. Finally getting around to rating it. Great selection bottled. Several Porterhouse brews on tap (most of which were pretty good). Pretty decent service for Dublin. Served up a pretty good Irish stew too. The place was not cheap, however. Roughly 6 Euro a pint/bottle. Granted, nowhere in Dublin is very cheap. I’d certainly go back if I had the money though.
ACD (32) Dublin, Ireland | January 12, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very handily located right next to Trinity College in the city centre.
All the Porterhouse regulars on tap as well as a couple of their own seasonals. Three or four more taps with guest brews on - rarely ever anything exciting (maybe a SNPA, Metalman, or a couple of German lagers/weizens). They’ve recently installed 4 cask handpumps which are located right at the end of the bar facing the door (not exactly handy for the barmen). There’s a chalk board above the pumps to let you know what’s on as they often don’t put pump-clips on...christ knows why. They rarely seem to push the cask aspect of the bar so often beers aren’t in great condition after having been laying around for a week or so. Often a couple of English ales on as well as a Porterhouse beer or two. Make sure to ask them when each cask was tapped so as not to get any nasty surprises - barmen are happy to offer samples too.
Atmosphere is a bit dark and dingy (weird and very long layout) and has more of a sports/dive feel to it than its Temple Bar sister pub. Plenty of screens for matches.
Bottle selection is good, but not quite as extensive as the Temple Bar joint.
Food is tasty and reasonable (good pizzas).
Often gets unbelievably crowded later on and at weekends...and then the DJ comes on...and then I get the feck out of there - no ta, nobody wants a bloody DJ playing his iTunes at top volume in a pub.
Overall it’s not half bad. Would certainly recommend nabbing the window seats overlooking Nassau St in the afternoon for a couple of decent pints and some people watching.
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