March 17th is almost here, which means 105,000ish overseas visitors will be traveling to Dublin this year to take part in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Does that mean the pubs will be overcrowded? Not a chance! There are 751 pubs in Dublin to choose from when you’re ready to go for a pint, so it’s a good idea to have a game plan on how to conquer Dublin before you go. When I had the opportunity to visit Dublin last year, my game plan included visiting museums, historical sites, restaurants, parks, and of course places to have a refreshing drink.
Here are my top 5 places to have drink while in Dublin (in no particular order).
Located on the north side of the city near the O’Connell Monument, the Oval Bar has been around since 1820. It is a beautiful Victorian building with a small outdoor patio and 3 floors of seating inside. This stop wasn’t on the game plan, but sometimes you just stumble over a gem. We had spent the morning & early afternoon at the zoo and were looking for a place to eat and get out of the sun for a little bit. The Oval Bar had a good selection of whiskeys which made my husband happy and the food was absolutely delicious. The atmosphere was historical and the service friendly.
The Storehouse is a must-do while in Dublin. They have turned one of their old storehouses into a 5 level interactive museum about Guinness. The 5 levels cover the history, how Guinness is brewed, their advertising campaigns and much more. You can even try your hand at pouring a Guinness; it’s harder than it looks! Once you reach the 5th level, you enter the Gravity Bar which has a 360-degree view of the city and that is where you can get your free pint of Guinness. I’m not a beer drinker, bit I did have my first (and last) pint of Guinness at the storehouse…marking another item off my bucket list.
The Palace bar is a Victorian pub located on the edge of the Temple Bar district on the south side of the city. This pub is 195 years old and from the moment you step inside you will feel like you have been transported back to Victorian time. We were at L Mulligan Whiskey Shop, when one of the shop’s personnel suggested the Palace Bar to us because of their large selection of whiskey at the pub. This pub has a very relaxed environment and very helpful staff. While it is in the Temple Bar area, their prices are reasonable and won’t break the bank like other pubs and bars in Temple Bar.
Teeling Distillery was the first distillery to open its doors in Dublin in over 125 years in March 2015. A 10-minute walk west of St Patrick’s Cathedral, the distillery offers 3 tours. You get a guided tour of the fully operational distillery and at the end of the tour get to sample their whiskeys. After the tour, you can move to the bar and have the opportunity to keep tasting the impressive whiskey lineup. The bartenders are informative and will answer all your questions. Teeling also offers the chance to pour your own whiskey bottle directly from one of their cask. My husband and I both had a great time at the distillery. If you have a whiskey lover traveling with you, put this is on your must see and do list.
The Dingle Whiskey bar can be found across the street from Trinity College south side. It’s a small bar with a large selection of whiskey and gins. The atmosphere is calm and cozy and the staff is amazing with their knowledge of alcohols in the bar. They don’t serve food here, but they are directly connected to The Porterhouse Central where you can get pub food. This was my favourite pub/bar to drink at. We went back 3 times during our week in Dublin. Each time we tried different whiskeys and gins from their huge selection.
Well there you have it, my top 5 places to enjoy a drink when visiting Dublin. Happy St. Patrick’s Day whether you are having a pint in Dublin or just at your local bar! Remember to have a good time and be responsible and safe.
“But one of the most fantastic things about Ireland and Dublin is that the pubs are like Paris and the café culture. And Dublin, in many ways, is a pub culture.” – Hugh Dancy
photo source: Racquel Heron, freepik.com