The Temple Bar home of this brewhouse is the most central of its various outlets and is located on the corner a block after the riverfront. It’s decor adheres to that of most of the other bars with its predominantly dark wood design, decor and furniture. A very full range of Porterhouse beers exist here along with an excellent bottle selection behind the bar. Packed and busy all the time but offers some craft beer away from the standard selections most bars have. Hefty prices.
First visited here in the summer of 1998 on the reccomendation of a non beer geek cousin of mine who lived in Dublin at the time. Have been back a number of times since, most recently Aug ’11.
Back in the day Messrs Maguire and here were the only places to get a beer in Dublin that wasn’t Guinness or mainstream lager so it was a breath of fresh air!
Split level pub with lots of glass, tiles and copper, bars on a few levels.
Always crowded of an evening - don’t expect to get a seat if you show up after 5pm!
Service is OK and copes with the crowds, a little more local/office types than tourists due to it being on the far end of Temple Bar, but yo do still get a fair smattering of the latter.
Range is Porterhouse plus 100 or so bottles.
Worth stopping by on a visit to Dublin.
Temple Bar location is convenient. Large enough that even when crowded it’s not bad. Better than expected, really, the service was friendly each time we were there and the stout range is excellent (Wrasslers and Oyster are both yum). A persistent craving for those kept us coming back again and again. For what it is, it’s really not a bad place to go drinking and you probably won’t find a better stout range in the city.
Braudog (825) Yorktown, Virginia | June 18, 2005| Updated September 19, 2009
Visited in November 2000. Don’t really remember too much about it ... it was crowded and HUGE. <<Revisited in September 2009 and discovered they now have two locations. Great selection of house beers (at least 7-9). Crowded as hell at any time of day, which is testimony enough. Food is good.>>
Wonderfully set up pub with various sections / levels for seating. Mostly Porterhouse beers on tap, which available to order in flights: 3 x 7 oz. for €5.50, which is nice. Some guest taps as well, and an extensive bottle selection. Inside, there were some locals playing traditional Irish music, which certainly enhanced the experience. All in all, great place to stop.
Best beer in Ireland, by my estimation (although I didn’t try the lagers. The stouts and barley wine were great). They had a whole lot of beer from around the world, but I just drank their beers. THE place to go in Dublin, I guess.
I have visited Porterhouse numerous times over the years on visits to Dublin. Prior to the last couple of years this was the main place to go to get something other than Guinness and Kilkenny. It is a pretty busy multi-storey bar in a rather touristy part of town. They offer a wide range of their own beers, of which the dark beers tend to be the best. The bottle selection is actually pretty good covering plenty of classics from UK, Germany and Belgium. Prices are actually not too bad in my opinion. After a few house beers its best to move onto Orval and Drie Fonteinen in bottles. Service is usually pretty good considering how busy they get. A pretty decent spot and a good step up from their London outpost.
A really nice three floor multi level bar. Always crowded with groups of tourists. Nevertheless, service was efficient and friendly. Great guest beers on tap, both Irish craft beer and foreign such as Lagunitas and Firestone Walker. Also a cask beer. I had a tasty burger accompanied by traditional Irish music from my neighboring table. (Visited February 16th 2016)