Ireland > Dublin
Beersiveknown (95) , Northern Ireland | January 22, 2015
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Similar to but not quite as good as Porterhouse Central. Slightly fewer guest taps and slightly more "sports bar" feel than the more pubby Templebar. Food also decent here and same wide range of Porterhouseís own stuff
teorn88 (77) London, England | January 10, 2015
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Large traditional wooden pub just behind Trinity College and 3 minutes walk to Temple Bar area. It seems to be developed mainly across a single floor and not to have a live band performing, differently from many other pubs in the area. Food menu is varied and extensive enough to have everyone happy, going well beyond the basic burgers and bangers. We had a traditional Irish stew and a salad and both were reasonably priced (around EUR 11-13), large and very tasty. Beer selection is good in the sense that they stock a large variety of PH beers (around 10 Iíd say), including some seasonals like the RIS, the barley wine and the Kolsch. They also host some other Irish and British craft breweries. Service is prompt and prices reasonable. Itís not a place for ticks but itís very good for decent beer and good well priced food.
Strebs (203) St. Louis, Missouri | January 10, 2015| Updated January 11, 2015
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
This Porterhouse is huge by Irish standards, and it can feel rather impersonal. I was very impressed with the beer selection with many nice beers from the US, but nothing outstanding.
maneliquor (151) Perth, Australia | October 27, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
Solid atmosphere for the football. Service was efficient for how busy it was. Selection is probably not quite as good as the other Porterhouse but still solid. A little pricey but expected that. Good place
wimpyjoe (1439) Hebden Bridge, England | October 22, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 13/20
On the South side of Trinity College and just a couple of doors along from the start of the pedestrianised shopping area of Grafton Street, this is a large pub owned by the Porterhouse brewhouse that runs deep into the building it is housed in. Itís typically Irish bar in style with a predominantly wooden decor, furniture and floor and itís an attractive place to eat or drink. Itís one of the better places to watch live sport as thereís plenty of screens and itís open plan so viewing is not an issue, thereís also screens behind the bar to service those that want to sit on the many bar stools along the lengthy bar. The bar itself includes an excellent selection, obviously including the brewers own range, and notable for not selling Guinness - a rarity in Dublin. Cask ales are served here too and the pumps are facing you as you walk in.
decaturstevo (140) decatur, Tennessee | September 9, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Huge bar pretty as you walk in the door with several tables all round. 10 of their beers on tap available in flights of 3. Many bottles and guest taps as well. Sat at the bar. Bartender was slammed but on top of it. Food was good as were the beers. TV behind the bar and I think I saw a sign that said wifi.
northropfrye (190) Steinbach, Manitoba | July 17, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Pretty similar to the other location. I only stopped by here because the other location was out of the Pale Ale and I wanted to try it. Nice place.
goozen (94) Leiden, Netherlands | June 24, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Long and wide pub near Grafton street. A their own brewed brews and some others. Youthly crowd when i was there, but thats okay.
Beermack (32) Dublin, Ireland | January 12, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very handily located right next to Trinity College in the city centre.
All the Porterhouse regulars on tap as well as a couple of their own seasonals. Three or four more taps with guest brews on - rarely ever anything exciting (maybe a SNPA, Metalman, or a couple of German lagers/weizens). Theyíve recently installed 4 cask handpumps which are located right at the end of the bar facing the door (not exactly handy for the barmen). Thereís a chalk board above the pumps to let you know whatís on as they often donít put pump-clips on...christ knows why. They rarely seem to push the cask aspect of the bar so often beers arenít in great condition after having been laying around for a week or so. Often a couple of English ales on as well as a Porterhouse beer or two. Make sure to ask them when each cask was tapped so as not to get any nasty surprises - barmen are happy to offer samples too.
Atmosphere is a bit dark and dingy (weird and very long layout) and has more of a sports/dive feel to it than its Temple Bar sister pub. Plenty of screens for matches.
Bottle selection is good, but not quite as extensive as the Temple Bar joint.
Food is tasty and reasonable (good pizzas).
Often gets unbelievably crowded later on and at weekends...and then the DJ comes on...and then I get the feck out of there - no ta, nobody wants a bloody DJ playing his iTunes at top volume in a pub.
Overall itís not half bad. Would certainly recommend nabbing the window seats overlooking Nassau St in the afternoon for a couple of decent pints and some people watching.
Dogbrick (787) Columbus, Ohio | January 1, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
(Visited 11/2012): Porterhouse Central is on Nassau in the Temple Bar area near Trinity College.
The interior features a long bar along the right side and table seating throughout the rest of the space. Hanging flags and TVs in the bar area, plus some hanging boards explaining different beer ingredients.
Porterhouse features a pretty extensive beer list. There are around 8-10 Porterhouse brews on draught, including Red Ale, Temple Brau, An BrainblŠsta, XXXX Stout, Chiller and Plain Porter on our visit. All of the beers are above average. As for bottles there are around 100 from all over, as well as the beers that Porterhouse bottles, like Celebration Stout.
Service at the bar on our visit was good. The bartender was familiar with all the Porterhouse beers and was friendly and efficient during our stay. They were playing American football on TV too which was a pleasant surprise.
Food at Porterhouse is pretty good. We shared a gigantic plate of nachos and it was tasty.
Overall I would put Porterhouse at the top of the list of places to visit in Dublin.
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