The Brazen Head | Dublin,
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The Brazen Head
Above Average based on 29 ratings
Type: Bar

20 Lower Bridge Street
Dublin, Ireland 8 [ print map ]
(0) 1 6785186

brazenhead.com

Hours: Open every day,12-10


Mayor: Baramba (1) | Taps: 4-6 | Bottles: several


The Brazen Head

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Beer Available At The Brazen Head (arranged by most recent)
Guinness Dublin Porter 32, Smithwick’s Pale Ale 38, Dingle Tom Crean’s 18/35 20, Harp Lager 24, Macardles Ale 20
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29 reviews for The Brazen Head
 Ambiance  83%
 Service  70%
 Selection  38%
 Food  70%
 Value  62%
 Overall  65%
 Rating  64%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
grefwen  (2) Jämjö, Sweden | September 28, 2009
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.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
kseecs16  (209) Naperville, Illinois | September 21, 2009
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.
58
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
mabel  (230) Toronto, Ontario | August 21, 2009
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.
60
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs  (333) Toronto, Ontario | May 26, 2009
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...
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
trayns  (23) Beverly Hills, Michigan | April 30, 2009
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.
56
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 11/20
ajm  (192) Los Angeles, California | April 8, 2009
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.
52
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 4/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
Nejhleader  (82) Lemoyne, Pennsylvania | November 27, 2007
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.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 2/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
KnutAlbert  (315) Oslo, Norway | September 17, 2007
The ridiculous lack of beer alternatives means that this place should not have been included on this site.
74
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb  (507) Woodland, California | August 6, 2007
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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