I know I have been writing a lot about Ireland lately and this is due to me having actually moved to a place near Dublin! I have a couple of weeks left until I will move back to Germany. But before I leave, I definitely owe you a recommendation for the best places, so the best pubs, in Dublin! (This is basically what I have been doing a lot lately: trying to discover as many pubs as possible.)
Please – if you have tried the pubs I am writing about tell me how you like them!
1. The Bernard Shaw (11 South Richmond Street)
“Bar. Cafe. Creative Space….Musically, we cover a lot of bases. Events-wise, on any given day you could walk into a back yard Carboot Sale, an exhibition launch, a marathon 10hr set from a Detroit DJ legend, a hot-tub party, dinner on a double decker bus, a live show from emerging Dublin bands, graffiti battles, jazz band in the smoking yard, or even just a simple pint of plain and a chat. ” (http://www.facebook.com/thebernardshaw/info) I found this place to be very extraordinary – you will find everything you are looking for and nothing you would have expected. The people in there are everything but ordinary and you will find a lot of creativity everywhere. My recommendation: go there in the night to have a pizza in the double decker bus and party and come back the next morning for one of the best coffees in town!
2. Flannery’s (6 Camden Street Lower)
“Quaint looking from the outside, Pure craic on the inside, Flannery’s has gained institutional status and is somewhat of a right of passage for those visiting our city.” (http://www.flannerysdublin.com/about_us.php) Flannery’s is more than just an ordinary pub. As soon as you enter, you can find very enjoyable and good-humoured people. The music is more joyful than in other pubs, you can sit at the bar for a pint and a good chat, dance or enjoy yourself in its beer garden.
3. Anseo (18 Camden Street Lower)
“Anseo, an old traditional pub transformed into a exciting modern music bar. The bar started attracting a steady clientele of young trendy suburbanites and clubbers with an excellent selection of Dublin’s DJs spinning vinyl in the bar over the weekend.” (http://www.dublinks.com/dublin-pubs-bars/anseo.php) It’s the first pub I have found that has its walls full of bookshelves! In the evening it’s lit only with fairy lights and sets the inside in a very cosy, familiar and almost romantic atmosphere. The music (most of the times they have live DJs) is a modern kind of electro lounge music which fits perfectly to the whole pub. My recommendation: probably a perfect spot for a first date or to hang out with friends after work!
4. Dicey’s Garden (21-25 Harcourt St.)
Situated in the Russel Court Hotel, Dicey’s garden is a bar, pub and nightclub all in one. It has a bar area inside on the ground floor with live music, a giant space outside with bars and dancefloors and also the krystle nightclub below. Dicey’s garden is perfect for wild parties and on Tuesday night it’s always packed, because of the 2€ specials.
5. Temple Bar (47-48 Temple Bar)
Temple Bar is probably the most well-known and popular pub in Dublin. It is famous for its excellent live music, a traditional Irish pub experience and fascinating vibes. Everyone, no matter how old, is singing or dancing along to the live music! Here you can find what we stereotypically think about the Irish: their welcoming, tolerant, funny and sincere nature.
And if you feel more like going into a stylish bar, this is the best bar I have found in my entire life:
37 Dawson Street
“All is not what it seems” is the motto of the brand new bar 37 Dawson street. If you have time, check out their pictures on facebook or have a look for yourself as soon as possible! This is so extraordinary, it is hard to describe it at all. My friend who has introduced me to the bar described it like this: “imagine a place like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory”. This or a setting like in Alice in Wonderland would probably do. The cocktails are fantastic, the bartenders are ridiculously good, the music very pleasant and the clientele rather sophisticated. My recommendation: ask for their homemade candies consistent with your drink.