Ireland’s pub culture is world famous and world class.
Revered across continents, It has many imitators, but for the real thing, you have to experience it first hand.
This article will take you through some of the country’s best-known pubs, chosen for their quality, authenticity and their well-earned fame.
The Temple Bar
Deep in the heart of Dublin, The Temple Bar serves as a mecca for Irish culture, poetry and music.
With some of the best live music in the city, an unrivalled selection of Whiskeys and an electric atmosphere, the Temple Bar is an unmissable stop for anyone looking to immerse themselves in Ireland’s pub scene.
A short hop through Dublin’s town center will take you to Sinnott’s.
Famous for its delicious food and world-class live music, The pub earned itself the coveted ‘James Joyce Pub’ award and continues to be an unmissable stop for anyone looking for a purely traditional pub experience.
Large projector screens and a high-end sound system make it one of the top sports bars in Dublin.
The Stag’s Head
As you step through the Stag’s iconic stained-glass door, you find yourself in a pub from another time.
Its cosy mahogany interior feels genuinely Victorian, punctuated by crystal glass chandeliers and its namesake proudly mounted above the bar.
The Hairy Lemon
The first thing you’ll notice in the Lemon is its decoration.
Strewn with everything from antique swords and guns to decades-old ticket stubs, you get a real sense that you’re standing among decades of history, a history which you are now a part of.
Walking into Sean’s is like walking into any other Irish bar. From its unassuming exterior and relaxed atmosphere, you’d never guess that you just entered one of the most famous bars in the country.
However, once you’re inside, sipping a perfect pint and soaking in its 1000 years of history, its universal appeal becomes clear.
A no frills pub with service that is second to none.
The Brazen Head
As Dublin’s oldest pub, The Brazen Head is a monument to Ireland’s rich history.
Established over 800 years ago, it is said to have been frequented by none other than Robin Hood himself.
This almost mythical bar celebrates Irish history with a refined old-fashioned aesthetic and rustic interior.