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.
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.
Our taxi driver said this is one of the oldest pubs in Dublin. The entance way was of stone. the small rooms were like some other pubs we visited. There was an outside area for warmer weather. We visited in March. Limited beer offerings to the standard taps for Guinness, Budwiser, Bulmers (hard cider) and Carlsberg.
ok, i was here last year, probably the coolest place ever if you dont care about the food or service, guinness was flowing and there was a small band playing with instruments etc... it was a great little sunday afternoon. I go there every time i am in dublin
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.