Ireland > Dublin
wimpyjoe (1438) Hebden Bridge, England | October 24, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 14/20
To the west of the main centre and close to the river, youíd pass close to here if you were making your way on foot to the Guinness Storehouse attraction. The pub claims to be not just the oldest in Dublin, but in Ireland with a huge painted sign outside saying just that. The original building has clearly gone, and probably a few after it too as this has a thoroughly bland look at first glance. When you venture in the main drinking rooms are all around a central courtyard that has the greatest historic appeal about the place. Some of the rooms do have open fires but these are clearly purposeful additions which do help create a fine ambiance. The courtyard is busy given the smoking ban in Ireland, but if live music is on (and it can be in the daytime not just evening) the room with the musicians is likely to be packed. There are four rooms packed with tables and chairs and all have a comfortable period appeal to them and have been well-designed. Like most pubs in the centre this one attracts plenty of tourists who make up the lion share of the clientele willing to pay the inflated prices. The selection is good but very general for the city. Food is served here.
bhensonb (500) Woodland, California | August 6, 2007
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
When a couple of starving tourists arrived before food started, accomodation was made. Being early gave lots of opportunity to converse. The lamb stew was just excellent. The atmosphere varied from area to area. Just whatever you want it to be. Note that beer is just about the same wherever you go in Dublin so far as draft is concerned. Guinness has it tied in knots. Unless you go to the Porterhouse.
chriso (444) London, England | July 3, 2013
44 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 9/20
I havenít been in a while but, unless something has changed dramatically, this isnít really a beer destination. Sure itís old and, sure, it has Guinness, but doesnít everywhere? And, of course, it is very touristy these days. I guess, despite the increase in the number of places in Dublin with some beery interest, it is still pretty much obligatory to have a Guinness or two in historic surroundings. But there are many more historic bars for that that are far more authentic than this one.
jercraigs (323) Toronto, Ontario | May 26, 2009
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
I suspect that this place is awesome in the winter, with a nice turf fire going. In May, on a Saturday at dinner time, overrun with tourists its pretty crap. Servers were rushed, and it felt like you were being rushed out of the place. Karenís stew rather suspiciously came out two seconds after we ordered only to have our waitress run the poor waiter carrying it back into the kitchen muttering something about "and the chicken too!" When it finally arrived the food was tasty but cold. I have to say I do like the Irish trend of serving brown bread with yummy real butter. Good stuff that! Go for the Macardles on tap, and the atmosphere, but go when its not full of tourists apparently...
KnutAlbert (306) Oslo, Norway | September 17, 2007
42 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
The ridiculous lack of beer alternatives means that this place should not have been included on this site.
rickhall28 (304) Parsippany, New Jersey | March 7, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
This is a must visit for any pub lover and music lover. The history in this place and the overall atmosphere is great (maybe less so for a native as they know similar places throughout Ireland...but as a visitor...with limited time...why not go to the place with history thatís easy to find?). The night we were there we heard a great live jam session of traditonal music and met some really fun tourists like ourselves...they were from the Netherlands and enjoyed the place as muchg as we did. The Guinness was certainly good there.
mabel (230) Toronto, Ontario | August 21, 2009
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Visited on a very busy Saturday night in May, this is another rambling old home-turned-bar with small doorways and quaint wooden Tudor-influenced rooms. The Brazen stuffed breast of chicken and the beef and Guinness stew were both excellent meal choices. Maybe a dozen taps per room with a selection that included Heineken, McArdles, Miller, Guinness, Harp, and Smithwicks. Service was friendly and very quick but shushed us out as best they could when we were done too. A great bar to visit but not for rating the beers.
Countbeer (212) Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, Netherlands | October 27, 2010
44 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 9/20
Wonder why... I had a stew which was ok, and a pint of something something.
After I was done, I got out and had another pint somewhere else. No beer bar at all and for an old place itílooks fine, but it was too loud inside and (imo) too touristic.
kseecs16 (209) Naperville, Illinois | September 21, 2009
56 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Cozy old bar with various rooms and seating arrangements. Visiting on a weekday evening it was bustling but not packed and service was adequate. Worth a visit for the atmosphere and good Irish comfort food, but not in anyway a beer destination. Fairly good value in an expensive town.
ajm (192) Los Angeles, California | April 8, 2009
56 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
Knutís point is well taken, though the guidelines specify a place must offer the best beer of a region. Since Dublin is Guinness Land, and the Brazen has Guinness, I guess it gets to be rated. Looks like itís 900 years old - thin wood walls, beaten bar, dirt floors I think, but may remember incorrectly. Very gray all round. Locals are used to tourists popping in and are friendly as hell.
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