First of all, this is a tourist trap. "Oh, wow, we are the oldest pub in Dublin!". Even for tourists: nice to walk by, have 1 beer and go! For the beerlover: I really think this shouldn’t even be on ratebeer. They have like 6 taps and all macro brewed.
This is the oldest pub in Dublin. In some shape or form, there has been a pub at this location since 1198. There are two separate bars and a big courtyard outside that leads up to the entrance by the road. Nice and cozy, and they serve good tradidional Irish pubfood. There is usually live music, which is nice.
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.
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.
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. Karen’s 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...
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.
Knut’s 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 it’s 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.
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.
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.