One of our main goals while in Ireland was to visit as many pubs in Dublin as we could. Mission accomplished! I could have spend our whole anniversary trip trying out pub after pub after pub.
Each one was just as charming and full of a healthy mix of tourist and locals alike.
My Favorite Pubs in Dublin
We went to lots of pubs in Dublin, some more famous than others. Here are the one’s that really stuck out.
The Temple Bar
Our first drinks in Dublin were at The Temple Bar. How iconic of us. If you Google pubs in Dublin, The Temple Bar will probably show up right at the top of the list.
We landed in Dublin first thing in the morning and couldn’t check in to our hotel until 12:30 pm. Lucky for us, The Temple Bar opens 10:30 am and we were able to eat a super early lunch and chill with pints in hand.
The picture above was taken on a Saturday night as we strolled past the bar. It was JAM PACKED and not even worth us trying to get in!
Address: 47/48 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
The Brazen Head
First and foremost, The Brazen Head is Ireland oldest pub dating back to 1198. We went to The Brazen Head on a recommendation from friends who had recently return from a trip to Ireland. Being at this pub was exactly what I thought being at an Irish pub would be like.
From the timeworn walls and floors, the live Irish music and the traditional menu items like stew and fish and chips, I loved everything about The Brazen Head.
SL and arrived for dinner and were lucky enough to find seats in the room the music was playing. We ended up staying for the whole night (dinner and a couple rounds of drinks) and fully enjoyed the music and the people.
My only wish was that we had been able to make it back to The Brazen Head before we left.
Address: 20 Lower Bridge St, Dublin 8, D08 WC64, Ireland
The Hairy Lemon
We went to The Hairy Lemon for dinner on our last night in Ireland. Like all to the pubs in Dublin, this one has a fun backstory.
The pub was named after a dog catcher from the 1950s. He was said to have a face shaped like a lemon with a hairy chin…hence The Hairy Lemon.
Even on a Sunday night, the pub was crowded and we had to wait for a table. I was perfectly fine with this as there was room to stand and drink some cider while listening to live music.
Both SL and I thoroughly enjoyed our food and the atmosphere at The Hairy Lemon and I would recommend it to anyone visiting Dublin.
Address: 41-42 Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland
Our last night in Dublin we finally hit up Darkey Kelly’s. We had walked by it a few times (it was just across the street from our hotel) and it was always packed. During our trip to Kilkenny, the tour driver mentioned that Darkey Kelly’s was one of his favorite pubs.
The legend behind the namesake, Darkey Kelly, is one of my favorites. Darkey Kelly ran a brothel and after her death, numerous bodies were found under the floorboards of the former brothel.
Ireland’s first serial killer = Darkey Kelly!
We went on a Sunday night around 9:30 pm and it was the perfect amount of busy and quite. We took in the sceary and the people and stayed until close. It was the best way to spend some of our last hours in Dublin.
Address: 19 Fishamble St, Christchurch, Dublin 2, Ireland
Like I said in the beginning, we went to a lot of pubs and pretty much all of them were fantastic but these were the pub in Dublin that I will make sure to go back to the next time I am the beautiful city of Dublin.