Ireland > Dublin
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.
jercraigs (321) 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...
trayns (23) Beverly Hills, Michigan | April 30, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Old bar, traditional stone, small pub feel. Open pit fire. Bartender was real nice guy, and the locals were talkative. The selection was poor, but the food was good. A little pricey, but they offer live music.
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.
Nejhleader (80) Lemoyne, Pennsylvania | November 27, 2007
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
irelands oldest pub i guess. i stopped by, but the place was tiny and there was no proper seating so made my exit. would be niccer in the summer when i could have had a seat outside. typical pub atmosphere, no remarkable beers on tap.
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.
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.
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