Big old pub with quite ornate wood carvings and wooden floors. Quiet and kind of empty when we were there during the day, and *cold* (in March). Service was adequate. Beers were not bad, and they had four of their own on tap. Itís a place to go to get four ratings, basically.
A massive, three story pub, that somehow keeps its charm from floor to floor, barman to barmaid. Iím quite surprised to see the generally negative attitude towards Messrs. Maguire as I found it to be a clear highlight of the Dublin pub scene. A young crowd shares the many corners and tables of this venue, discerning better beer and conversation. The beer itself remains a prop, tolerable but far superior to the common set of taps - a highly drinkable product that comes in many equally enjoyable flavors. The food was surprisingly tasty on both nights I ate, though my steak was substantially overcooked. The perfect place to chat with a very good friend.
Well, actually I canít believe this place has deteriorated so much over the last few years. When I first went there (around 2000), it was a simply perfect place with excellent beers. Over time, it became really dirty and they added Heineken and Guinness to their range of beers and promoted them massively. At the same time they reduced their own brewing. Before this, they had the full range of own beers (they had 6 constantly available plus one or two extras). Last time I went there they only had two left, both of which were very good. Lunch is ok and reasonably priced. Very nice building, gets crowded in the evenings, come early. Live music at weekends. Large screens to show sports events. Several national newspapers available for reading (free). Still a nice place to be.
Visited this place twice. Once in 2000 and recently this summer 2005. Cool brewpub looking out over the River Liffey just off OíConnell St. Good Irish fare (as good as it gets anyway). Their house brews are delicious. Great place to hang out.
Braudog (884) Yorktown, Virginia | June 18, 2005| Updated September 19, 2009
Visited in November 2000 and loved it. Great location and broad selection of brews, as I recall. <<Revisited in September 2009. Still a cool little brewpub, right on the banks of the Liffey with a good view if you can get a seat by the window. Tasty brews.>>
Just off the OíConnell Bridge, this is a multi-tiered brewpub serving traditional Irish food. Beers were well-done and food servings were well-priced and well-made. The Export Stout was my favourite beer from Ireland and is worth seeking out. Staff were inattentive at best when I was there, but donít let it detract you from this place... itís worth visiting.