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. It’s typically Irish bar in style with a predominantly wooden decor, furniture and floor and it’s an attractive place to eat or drink. It’s one of the better places to watch live sport as there’s plenty of screens and it’s open plan so viewing is not an issue, there’s 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.
Visited on Sat afternoon. Huge pub. Rugby on TV. Great selection of beer with tasting tray available. €10 deposit may be payable on tasting paddle.
Lots of beer available plus a few guests and specials from Porterhouse. Definitely worth a stop
Visited here just the once in April ’09. Prefer the original venue on Parliament st tbh.
This place, whilst carrying a pretty similar if perhaps slightly less extensive range, comes over as more of a ’Porterhouse Light’ when compared to the original.
More studenty/dive bar, stripped down and spartan in terms of decoration - I remember the wooden floor being a little sticky in places! Service was adequate. Wouldn’t go out of my way for this one but would do for a pint or two if your hotel was nearby as mine was.
I have to admit that I liked Porterhouse in Temple Bar better. Both the atmosphere and the intricate floor plan. Otherwise they offers much the same; Porterhouse beers and some interesting guest beers. A sample tray is 3 Porterhouse beers (7oz) When I asked for a 1/4 pint of the strong Porterhouse Louder instead of a 1/2 pint, it was no problem. Great service for a beer geek! (Visited February 17th 2016)
Ok I am also a tourist. But this place was a bit to busy and way to many tourists.
Decent beer selection, and not very knowledgable staff. He hardly understod english. And there where a lot of tourists there....trouble.
Surly ok place on a less busy day and with some live music. Will surely go there again.
(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 Brainblásta, 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.
Don’t like this location as much as the Temple Bar one, the vibe is way worse, bordering on bad. It’s got a frat house immature idiot crowd and unpleasant atmosphere that makes me wanna get out fast. At the same time, the beer is great so if you’re in the neighborhood and are thirsty for something tasty then it’s there and I’m thankful for that. And it’s self-serve, so that’s nice and easy.
Located near Trinity College, this bar seemed to have a bit of everything. Nice selection of Porterhouse beers on tap along with a few American beers on tap. Bottle selection seemed very good. Service was friendly and prices seemed reasonable. Worth a fisit for sure.
In a beer desert, this is a real find - while their selection would not have raised any eyebrows in other cities, the Porterhouse bars are the place to go in Dublin. A range of their own beers on tap, and quite a few imports. Check if there are seasonal brews available, or the Celebration Stout.
Live music, but it is a large room, so the sound level was just fine.