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Beer Available At Porterhouse Central (arranged by most recent)
Porterhouse Oyster Stout 83, Porterhouse Hop Head 83, Porterhouse Plain Porter 79, Porterhouse Wrasslers XXXX Stout 94, Porterhouse TSB 34, Porterhouse Dublin Pale 40, Porterhouse Red Ale 47, Porterhouse Chocolate Truffle Stout 96, Fordham Copperhead Ale 28, Eight Degrees Alba Abu , Thornbridge Puja 87
Beermack (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). Theyíve recently installed 4 cask handpumps which are located right at the end of the bar facing the door (not exactly handy for the barmen). Thereís a chalk board above the pumps to let you know whatís on as they often donít put pump-clips on...christ knows why. They rarely seem to push the cask aspect of the bar so often beers arenít 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 itís 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.
Dogbrick (796) 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 BrainblŠsta, 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.
Theydon_Bois (851) Tourist Town (West), England | January 1, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited here just the once in April í09. Prefer the original venue on Parliament st tbh.
This place, whilst carrying a pretty similar if perhaps slightly less extensive range, comes over as more of a íPorterhouse Lightí when compared to the original.
More studenty/dive bar, stripped down and spartan in terms of decoration - I remember the wooden floor being a little sticky in places! Service was adequate. Wouldnít go out of my way for this one but would do for a pint or two if your hotel was nearby as mine was.
BelgCeltNorw (7) , | July 8, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Porterhouse in Temple Bar has in general better selection and larger with live music, but this one has one aged barrel stout on the menu. Handy location if you are in Grafton street. Their Red ale and Oyster stout on tap are very nice.
Possibly the longest bar in Dublin.
joe19612 (63) 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.
Mathieu87 (186) Ganshoren, Belgium | March 6, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Bit less then the regular Porter House. There were a few beers they didnít have. Service was bitt less as well. I prefer going to the Porterhouse, so go there and skip this place.
suprchunk (129) Crestview, Florida | October 28, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
Nice, typical style bar. No problem with children in here if you are traveling with family. The usual porterhouse selections. Nothing else on draft, unless they are having some strange celebration of German beers. Didnít have the food at this one. But the beers were good, just like the other location we hit up. Good beer, decent atmosphere. For a bar.
Beershine (796) The Sunshine State, Florida | March 7, 2011
58 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Donít like this location as much as the Temple Bar one, the vibe is way worse, bordering on bad. Itís got a frat house immature idiot crowd and unpleasant atmosphere that makes me wanna get out fast. At the same time, the beer is great so if youíre in the neighborhood and are thirsty for something tasty then itís there and Iím thankful for that. And itís self-serve, so thatís nice and easy.
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. Iíd certainly go back if I had the money though.
Velkyal (76) Gordonsville, Virginia | September 8, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
One of the highlights of my trip to Ireland was drinking Wasslers XXXX in Porterhouse Central. Nice relaxed atmosphere and good beer, what more could you want?
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