Well worth the trek to this non tourist part of Dublin. Lots of small Irish breweries represented on tap (24taps and 2 cask) Some American craft beers too. Not crowded at all at seven PM. The bartender seemed to spend time watching TV, but he was very friendly and helpful when I got in touch with him. He showed great knowledge about beer and was willing to have a chat. Useful information: the pub didn’t open as early as 12.00, but in fact 17.00. Luckily I arrived late in the afternoon. Their small bottle shop opens earlier. And, do not make the mistake and enter the first pub you see with the name "Kavanagh’s" The nearby "Kavanagh’s The Temple" is for sure a welcomming pub, but beer selection is a disaster. (Visited February 15th 2016)
Visited on a Sunday afternoon in August 2015. A decent walk out of the city with an off-licence attached this is nice old traditional pub. The beer range was pretty decent with a good selection of Irish craft beer on keg and in bottles, a cask Irish beer and a smattering of more exotic stuff. Prices were good, service decent and plenty of room to spread out in. It’s a decent place and worthy of the walk out to visit.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.