It’s the city of 1,000 pubs, so picking ten wasn’t an easy task. But we’re all heart here at Dublin Underground, we got our drinking boots on and we got stuck in. The things we do for you. And here it is: the ten Dublin pubs you have to visit before you die.
Why? Established in 1198 it’s widely regarded as the oldest pub in Dublin, bumping it right to the top of the list. Yes, nearly three hundred years before the discovery of America, Dubs were drinking here.
Why? Because it’s dripping in history and past patrons include JFK, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland and it was also the location for the filming of Bachelors Walk. The Irish Press used to be just around the corner, so this was a second office for generations of hacks. But the biggest thing is the sombre, traditional and no nonsense attitude, which is what a real Irish pub is all about.
Why? Because stepping into Nearys is like stepping back in time and it’s this calming old world feel that make it so special. Nearys’ proximity to the Gaiety Theatre and Grafton St means you can expect an eclectic mix of the theatre crowd and weary shoppers.
Why? Because Bill Clinton visited in 1995. This is another pub steeped in history. The traditional exterior of belies the hip and bohemian feel of the interior. The cosy atmosphere must be seen to be believed.
Why? In the 1991 film it was the setting for the Commitments’ final gig. In real life it’s one of Ireland’s most important live music venues playing host to many legendary performers.
Why? Davy Byrnes was made famous in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. It’s where Leopold Bloom stops for a gorgonzola cheese sandwich and a glass of burgundy while wandering through Dublin.
Why? It’s the smallest pub in Dublin. We’re not sure that’s really a claim to fame but sure cram yourself in to this tiny pub on Dawson street and find out for yourself.
Why? Because a scene from Sergio Leone’s ‘A Fistful of Dynamite was filmed here and there’s a photo of him on the wall holding a rifle in the pub. Patrick Kavanagh drank here and WB Yeats chose it for his one and only visit to a pub.
Why? Because James Joyce drank here. Also, it featured in some legendary Guinness ads and that’s not to mention the beautiful Victorian design.
Why? Because it’s probably the most infamous of all Dublin watering holes. A cheesy late night disco bar that has been hosting an eclectic mix of students, culchies, sports stars, celebrities and even billionaires for over 18 years. In his 2011 All Ireland winning speech Dubs captain Bryan Cullen catapulted it to new heights by announcing to a TV audience of over 1.1m, “See you all in Coppers”.