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Five Pubs Not to Miss in Dublin, Ireland

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Temple Bar Dublin
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Five Pubs Not to Miss in Dublin, Ireland

story by: Mike Williams

You’re unlikely to make it through a trip to Dublin without visiting at least one of its many pubs, even if it’s just for a classic beef and Guinness pie or cod and chips dinner. Here’s a list of five pubs not to miss that can be found near central Dublin.

The Brazen Head
The Brazen Head, 20 Bridge Street Lower, Dublin
No prizes for guessing the first entry onto the list. The ancient Brazen Head pub dates all the way back to 1198. Enjoy an evening in this beautiful piece of Irish history – it’ll no doubt be one of the most fun history lessons you’ll ever have.

The Big Tree
33-40 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin
The Big Tree’s proximity to the legendary Croke Park makes it a must for any trip to Dublin. If you are lucky enough to watch Gaelic Games at Croke Park, pop into The Big Tree on the way for a classic Irish build-up, or even soak up the spirited atmosphere then watch a game on the pub’s televisions once the crowd inevitability moves on for kick-off.

Arlington Hotel Temple Bar
Lord Edward Street, Dublin
At Arlington Hotel’s Legends Bar, you and a few friends can sit around a pub table with your very own beer tap and practice pulling your own Guinness pints. Each night there are fantastic shows of Irish music, song and even dance. Their Irish Dancing Show and Three Course Evening Meal deal is a fantastic way to sample the Irish culture.

15 Merrion Row, Dublin
A big attraction of visiting an Irish pub is the opportunity to listen to some boisterous Irish folk music. Fortunately, live music is not difficult to find, but O'Donoghue's on Merrion Row is right at the top of the list. It was good enough to launch the career of seminal Irish folk band The Dubliners back in the 1960s, so you might even be witnessing the rise of the next big thing.

Temple Bar Pub
47/48 Temple Bar, Dublin
Temple Bar’s rampant nightclub scene needs an entry on this list, if only to witness the rowdy streams of costumed stag and hen’s nights invading from England. In reality, any pub along the legendary strip will do, and in fact Temple Bar is a great place for a pub crawl. The iconic Temple Bar Pub narrowly beats out the similarly fantastical Fitzsimons, Auld Dubliner and The Porterhouse. If you’re going out in Temple Bar, be prepared for prices to magically increase sometime around midnight.

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