Very much a standout in what I described to a friend as ’not really a great "beer" city, but an awesome "drinking" city’. Multiple, winding levels, crowded and buzzing (visited on a Thursday between Xmas and New years), friendly folks on both sides of the bar, a pretty lengthy selection of beers, all of which I sampled were very good. Ambiance was great, though certainly not a ’traditional’ pub for Dublin. In my 3-4 hours there, at least half a dozen folks attempted to order a guiness and the barman very patiently and effectively explained what they do and the beers they make. Really enjoyed it and would visit again.
Ambiance should be an 11. This is a chain pub but in Dublin you can be that and not be Applebees. Fun place where the music and atmosphere make up for the fact that the beer is made for middle-aged tourists
I am a huge fan of porters and Porthouse makes an amazing oyster porter as well as their Plain Porter which was quite fantastic. The Temple Bar area is a bit crowded and touristy but this is a great place to get a drink and see some live music.
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)
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.
Good range of beers under their own banner. Only disappointing thing was no cask during our visit. Keg can be too carbonated and too cold thereby losing taste and mouthfeel.
Standard pub food, but of decent quality.
Tried their own Oyster stout, Hop Head, Red Ale and a Sierra Nevada Harvest..all in good nick