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History, music, a pint of the black — There’s nothing quite like a true Irish pub. Here are six well worth a visit in the busting Irish capital of Dublin.
1 Prospect Square. 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.
77 King Street North. 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.
8 Poolbeg Street. The Irish take their literature seriously enough to give it holidays. This charming little pub has poured grog for such luminaries as James Joyce and Seamus Heaney. Keen? Ask your consultant about a literary or historical tour and retrace the city’s turbulent story.
15 William Street South. 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.
82-84 Rathmines Road Lower. 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.
64 Dame Street. 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.
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