The Porterhouse Brewing Company, established in 1989, was Dublin's first microbrewery. It has, ever since its inception, produced some of the best brews in the city, including its own very fine porter. Their Temple Bar brewpub is located on Parliament Street, where patrons are lured inside, thanks to the enormous vats that are visible from the street. Owing to its popularity, the place gets a little crowded towards the end of afternoon. Midst a handsomely decorated dining area, home-brews are served with much love along with a good selection of delicious pub grub. Not to be missed here are Temple Bräu, Hop Head and Wrasslers 4X Stout, couple these refreshing drinks with a portion of chicken wings; you'd soon be coming back for more!
J.W. Sweetman is one of the best brewpubs in Dublin. If you love beer, then their craft brews will make you fall in love with this fermented alcohol even more. Besides their own beer, they also have an impressive list of bottled varieties from across the globe. What's more, is that this pub also believes in good food. Nosh on tasty bites along with your beer. Set in a historic building, it hosts historical nights, where poetry, storytelling and more will regale you.
Spread out over three levels, Trinity Bar Venue is a lively local bar and gastro-pub popular with a largely younger crowd of professionals. The bar is a nice place to relax with friends in a fun, casual environment while checking out the latest in Dublin's live music scene, or just relax with a beer and watch a game on one of their large screens. With plenty of theme nights and events, the bar is usually crowded with locals and tourists alike. The bar features a nice selection of on-tap as well as bottled beers, and their special cocktails are quite popular as well. Open from 7.30am everyday; it's a nice place for hearty breakfast post a late-night of partying.
At a first glance, the black exterior of this place may not look appealing. But as you step inside, you are sure to be surprised with what this popular venue has on offer. The Grand Social has four eclectic venues. There is The Parlour where one can quench your thirst with beer or The Ballroom that is pulsating with DJ nights and themed events. The breezy Garden hosts regular live gigs while the upstairs Loft allures visitors with its circus-themed decor and its wonderful line-up of burlesque acts, fashion shows, reading sessions and film screenings. Saturday is the most awaited as The Grand Social transforms into a weekly flea market selling fashionable clothes, furniture, accessories, books and more. All in all, there's never a dull moment at The Grand Social.
The Church is a popular dining, drinking and entertainment hub of the city. It offers something for everyone and disappoints none, as it welcomes almost 700,000 guests every year. Its popularity is evident from this fact and with each passing year, it simply increases. If you're hungry, head to the on-site Gallery Restaurant and savor the delicacies served. The Tower bar and Main Bar offer an excellent concoction of heady cocktails and live Irish music. For party animals, Church's Cellar Bar and Nightclub is the best bet. However, if you want to get away from the crowds, the enchanting terrace will provide you with much-needed serenity. Offering a little bit of everything, The Church is certainly worth a visit.
Pygmalion is a great amalgamation of a restaurant, bar, and nightclub. The trendy venue is located on South William Street, at the Powerscourt Townhouse Center. Open all week, from 12p onward, Pygmalion, or Pyg, as it is locally nicknamed, serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, and remains open long after that as well. Owing to its popularity, it fills up pretty soon, so be a little early to get good seats. Along with delicious food and some stellar drinks, Pyg also boasts of an awesome music line up, including international DJs. So, step in, eat, drink and make merry at this wonderful Temple Bar bar, you'd soon be coming back for more!
The Oak is a long-established bar with an interior featuring elegant mirrors, mosaics and dark wood. While the bar's open plan design means that the Oak runs directly into the trendier Thomas Read's next door, this authentic bar still retains much of its character, and seems to attract a slightly older crowd than its adjacent sister pub. The music and location are class.
Two doors down from the Olympia Theatre, the crowd in Brogan's is often dictated by what's happening next door, which means this traditional bar can be virtually empty one night and packed to capacity the next. The pub boasts a stunning collection of Guinness memorabilia, however, including countless poster advertisements, all of which extol the virtues of the pint of plain.
Rather like its hotpotch architecture, the Turk's Head is a real mixed bag when it comes to atmosphere. It is almost always packed out, and invariably attracts a diverse but distinctive crowd, all crowding in for a late drink, and the occasional spot of belly-dancing. Top twenty hits and skimpy dresses are the order of the day here, but if that's your sort of thing, you'll have fun. This place is open till 2.30 PM.
Opened in 2005, Chez Max - Palace Street is a quaint restaurant reminiscent of a French cafe. Its easy to fall in love with its cozy and intimate interiors accentuated by dark wooden accents, wall frames and light fixtures. While the the cute garden is a nice spot for alfresco dining. Their menu comprises of all day breakfast, lunch and dinner. Savor their dishes like Croustillant de Crabe et sa Mousse d’Artichaut (Crab and Artichoke Mousse in crispy Filo Pastry), Boeuf Bourguignon, Moules Frites, Steak Frites and Bavette Frites. Complement your meal with wine.
This wonderful Czech bar attracts many patrons because of its lively ambiance and extra-late hours. The Czech Inn is a pub if you wish to grab a beer with friends, it is also a restaurant if you are in mood to try some traditional Goulash, it is also a great spot for breakfast where delicious pan cakes and baked goods are served in generous portions. Equipped with large television sets, a blasting DJ and free WiFI, The Czech Inn is a haunt for youngsters.