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History, music, a pint of the black. There’s nothing quite like an Irish pub. Here are six well worth a visit.
1. JOHN KAVANAUGH
Entering this pub is stepping back in time. The whole place belongs in a museum. Workers from nearby historic Glasnevin Cemetery have been drinking here for almost 200 years. Locals call the place Gravediggers’ and many claim it’s got the best Guinness in town. Of course, the easiest way to spark debate in Ireland is make a statement like that.
FIND IT: 1 Prospect Square.
2. THE COBBLESTONE
Turn up after dinner, grab a pint and wait for the night’s informal group of local musicians to fill the place with fiddling and the beat of a bodhrán. This wee gem is
a cosier, friendlier alternative to the multi-story music factories in Temple Bar.
FIND IT: 77 King Street North.
A local’s local, this cosy spot is nothing flash. Walls packed with Irish artists’ work compete for space with businessmen telling tales over pints and toasties. Perfect for a night cap after you’ve stuffed yourself around the corner at Jo’Burger, the city’s best burgers.
FIND IT: 15 William Street South.
Less Irish history and more Irish current: A fine selection of local craft beers are on draft at this funky bar in the heart of a charming neighbourhood. Enjoy the complimentar Tayto’s before venturing off for a feed at the nearby EatYard, a food truck Utopia.
FIND IT: 82-84 Rathmines Road Lower.
6. PAEDAR KEARNEY’S
A pub with strong historic roots. If you’re after music in the tourist centre that is Temple Bar, Paedar Kearney’s is the most authentic spot to find it. Named for the writer of Ireland’s national anthem, you’d expect nothing less. Ask for a taste of the locally made Teeling Whiskey and don’t miss the Beamish stout.
FIND IT: 64 Dame Street.
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