Ireland > Dublin
Beer Available At W. J. Kavanagh (arranged by most recent)
rulas3 (27) Madrid, Spain | November 25, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Probably the best place in Dublin to drink beer. Very good selection of local beers, some americans and specially, great rotation of english casks. The food is excelent.
RobertDale (219) Lansing, Kansas | May 21, 2015
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Nice bar and restaurant. Has a beer store connected. Nice selection of Irish beers. Decent selection of U.S. and European beers also. Food was very good and service was decent. Bar personnel were helpful. Worth a visit. Would return.
schneidre (10) Zürich, Switzerland | February 18, 2015
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
The best place in Dublin.
Strebs (209) St. Louis, Missouri | January 10, 2015
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
The food at WJ Kavanagh’s is the reason for going there. The beer list was better than I’ve usually seen in Dublin, which is encouragement for the future.
pfrz (2) , Finland | July 11, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Place is open again after a brief pause.
A largeish, open, fairly basic irish pub with a long bar. Selection is well on display, around 10 taps but a lot of bottles with focus on german, american and irish beers.
Also an off-license next door selling the full selection to go.
ceck82 (37) , Spain | April 22, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Hasta ahora el mejor sitio de Dublin, ambiente que huele a pub antiguo, optima selecciones en los tiradores, grandes marcas como rogue o nogne... y la comida parece fuese el gran anfitrion... pena no haberla probado
garthicus (64) Dublin, Ireland | January 2, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
Phenomenal place based in frankly, a shitty part of Dublin. Awesome staff, great cask, great tap line up (rogue !) plus lots of local stuff. Very good bottle list and excellent menu. I had the BEST meat board I have EVER had in my life. Just tremendous. My favourite Dublin pub by far.
Beermack (32) Dublin, Ireland | December 8, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
The very best place in Ireland for cask conditioned ale.
Declan, the cellarman, learned his trade in England before making the move across to set up the city’s very best cellar - and you can tell from the quality of the beer straight away. Although Dublin is less of a cask-wasteland now as it was a couple of years ago, unfortunately many of the pubs with hand pumps still really don’t have the requisite quality controls in place to make drinking cask ale an enjoyable experience. So many times have I seen casks lying on sale for 10 days or more, which is just criminal. None of those issues here, however
WJK imports small batches of casks from England (normally Derbyshire and the North West) at regular intervals throughout the year so there’s always something interesting on (as well as the best of Ireland’s craft breweries’ cask offerings). There are 5 hand pumps, so expect 4-5 cask ales on at weekends and 2-3 during the week.
The keg range is a tad smaller than other craft joints in the city (around 12 taps if memory serves) but there’s always top quality stuff pouring. Again, a mix of the best of Irish fare and some cracking imports (3 Rogue Ales pouring at the moment, for example). Good - but pricey - bottle range too.
Food is excellent, innovative, fresh, local gastropub fare. Again, it’s not cheap (expect to be paying between 15 and 20 euro for a dish) but the quality is great.
The only downside is that it’s a bit of a trek out of the city centre in an area that is, well, pretty crap. However, it’s well worth the journey out for perhaps the city’s highest quality beer experience.
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