There was exhibition back in 2017 to celebrate 200th anniversary of the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA), God bless them! It told the story Dublin’s public houses from before the Victorian Era until today. “Victorian pubs in Dublin were some of the finest preserved Victorian pubs in the world and there are 16 such recognised in Dublin which remain authentically Victorian.” Said the curator of the exhibition at the time.
Dublin is not limited to Victorian Bars! But for those that want to ‘Formica Free’ pint, we have a selection which we’ve called Traditional Bars – which takes in the Victorian and adds a few more with lots of character.
Not to be confused with the pub of the same name on Westmoreland Street, this is a great old public house for a matey meet-up or a solitary drink with only the newspaper for company. If you’re a people watcher, grab a ringside seat at the window and watch the world pass by. The pints are renowned for being expertly pulled, and are on offer at reasonable prices. Quiet on an average weekday afternoon, Cassidy’s really gets going on weekend evenings, and can be absolutely packed on Friday or Saturday nights. There’s a beer garden out back, and if you enjoy traditional Irish music with your gargle, pop in for one of Cassidy’s Sunday Sessions – ballads and folk are played every Sunday from 8pm, and all are welcome.
Located on one of Dublin’s most famous streets – Baggot Street, Doheny and Nesbitt public house is surrounded by renowned landmarks – The Dail (House of Parliament), Grafton Street, Trinity College, Stephen’s Green and Lansdowne Road. Otherwise known in literary and debating circles as the ‘The Doheny & Nesbitt School of Economics’ is situated a few hundred meters from the old Huguenot cemetery on Merion Row(1693). Probably the most photographed pub in Dublin, Doheny & Nesbitt is considered an institution for convivial gatherings a sanctuary in which to escape the ravages of modern life, and a shrine to everything that is admirable in a public house. As a Protected Structure and unique example of Victorian pub architecture, the Doheny & Nesbitt public house demonstrates that skilful conversation can rest easily alongside modern commercial demands. Most of the pub’s original features, both inside and outside remain intact. Its distinct Brass sign ‘Tea and Wine Merchant’, as well as the frieze boasting ‘Doheny & Nesbitt’ have spawned countless posters, postcards and guide books paying homage to this asset of Ireland’s capital city If Ireland invented the pub, then Dublin’s finest showpiece is that of Doheny & Nesbitt. The main bar retains the […]
Over the 45 years that have elapsed since, the pub has seen several renovations and transformations but has always retained an identity that is palpable to both locals and visitors. That identity is due in no small part to the family ethos of the pub, with Dan’s sons Donal, Paul and Alan all involved in the management of the business. Another brother Peter successfully ran his own branch of Finnegan’s in Valencia, Spain for twenty years, while Dan’s brothers Ned, James and Hugh were all proprietors of well known pubs in Dublin and Wicklow. It can’t be argued there isn’t pedigree! Major reformation work took place in 2001 and 2005, but throughout, the original Victorian facade and many of the interior features, including the ornate roof and back bar, remained untouched. Indeed a photograph of the pub in 1910 when it was known as O’ Meara’s, shows the facade exactly as it is now and many of the colourful characters in the shot have family members who still frequent the bar!
Kehoe’s Bar was first licensed in 1803 when the winds of revolution permeated the Dublin air, this authentic, unpretentious Victorian shrine is one of last great heritage pubs of Dublin. The interior throughout Kehoe’s is the product of a Victorian style renovation completed towards the end of the 19th century which has been preserved to the present day. Nowadays this old pub is the buzzing haunt of tourists, scholars, shoppers and business people alike. The Grocery and Snug Bar Entering this pub lovers haven, you will be instantly confronted by the austerity and subdued colourings of the Victorian age. When visiting Kehoe’s take note of the original mahogany drawers, behind the low grocery counter, which once housed rice, tea, coffee, snuffs and other provisions items. In its former Existence this area was frequented by shoppers of the age who could slip in and enjoy a triple in the snug while the proprietor prepared the provisions order. Everything here remains as it was 100 years ago, including the serving hatch and buzzer in the snug.
The Norseman building as a watering hole dates back to the 1500’s when it was known as the Wooden Man Tavern due to a wooden Viking figure on the corner of the street. We are The Norseman Temple Bar 1696 as this was the year the premises was First Licenced! James Monks owned the establishment in the 1840s. James bonded whiskey for Jameson and we have an original label sent by his great great granddaughter. We still take pride in working with local distillers including Dublin’s own distillery Teeling. The pub originally took the name The Norseman as a nod to the Wooden Man Viking in our own history and the local Viking history from the discovery in the 70’s of Viking ships and artefacts on Wood quay.
Ryan’s of Parkgate Street is an original Victorian public house located near the front gate of the Phoenix Park. Made famous for pouring one of the best pints in Dublin, it’s now also gaining a reputation for it’s popular oyster bar. At Ryan’s you can still see many of its original Victorian features such as gas lamps, whiskey barrels, tea drawers and traditional snugs. The barmen are slightly more recent. Ryan’s has two original snug bars, which were used in the 1900’s by ladies when it was frowned upon for women to be seen in pubs. Our famous clock is the oldest two-faced clock in Ireland. Made by Frengly Brothers in Germany, it’s been watching the world go by for over 130 years.
Slatterys Bar & Early House, loved by locals and visitors alike is famous for among many other things its full Irish breakfast, served from 7 a.m six days a week and 12.30 p.m on Sundays. From a toasted sandwich to a full Irish – We cater for all appetites! We open at 7.00 a.m every day except Sunday when we open at 12.30 p.m. Traditional Irish Fare Food served from 8am until 9.30pm 6 days a week and from 12.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. on Sundays.
The Hut is a family owned traditional Victorian bar on Dublin’s North side. We offer a genuinely authentic slice of Dublin pub life as it should be. No hype, no gimmicks. Just old fashioned pub values of good food, quality drinks and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Our aim is to provide a relaxed and enjoyable social experience to all who enter. At The Hut there are no strangers ….. only good friends you haven’t met! Your satisfaction is our priority and for that reason we will always do our best to please. If we get something wrong be sure to let us know and we will make every effort to correct it. As a customer of our pub we value your comments and suggestions as to how we can increase the enjoyment of your visit.
There is little doubt that the building which houses this famed Dublin public house is over two hundred years old. In 1854 the registered licence holder was John Dunne and in 1886 the pub was sold to the O’Donohoe family and was named the International Bar. Since then the pub has retained it’s original Victorian decor which includes a wonderfully ornate hand-carved mahogany one-piece reredos. The carvings are of the river gods of Ireland and match in perfectly with the oak barrels and brass taps where once whiskey, porter and wine were poured liberally into thirsty drinkers glasses. Joyce mentioned the pub as Ruggy O’Donohoe’s as there was a tradition in Dublin to refer to the pub not by it’s name but by that of the licence holder. It is no small boast the owners ot the International Bar are the same O’Donohoe family who took over in the 1880′s making it Dublin’s oldest family owned bar. Over the years the International has played host to a vast array of litarary and political characters. From Michael Collins to Brendan Behan, JP Donleavy to Paddy Kavanagh, poets, dreamers, musicians and even the occasional artist such as Harry Kernoff have enjoyed the […]
Celebrating over 250 years in business. Established in 1766 this shrine to antiquity is one of Dublin’s oldest, most beautiful and best loved pubs, abundant in traditional charm and exuding genuine Victorian originality, the interior dates from 1881. The title The Long Hall is derived from Dublin publore as a consequence of the long narrow hallway snug, that ran parallel to the back bar. The pub is the product of splendid Victorian design symmetry in which the sum of its parts including elaborate gold leaf enhancements, meticulous handcrafted wood carvings, beveled and ornate glass all come together to create one of the iconic and leading lights of 20th century Dublin publife.
The Palace was was built in 1823 and soon after was bought by a family named Hall. In the early 1900’s The Ryan family from Tipperary took over the pub and “The Widow Ryan” sold the pub to Bill Aherne in 1946 for the sum of £27,000, which was a huge amount at the time. Many people thought he was crazy to pay such an amount but Bill always maintained he knew he had got a bargain.
Visiting the Stag’s Head is a wondrous experience wether you call when the premises is cosy, warm and glowing at night time, or in early morning when this is old repository of liquid culture is radiantly illuminated by wafts of sunlight filtering through the stained glass windows. The mahogany bar, capped with red Connemara marble, follows the classic Victorian architectural pattern, being long and punctuated by exquisite partitions that divide into private compartments or stalls. Though a tavern has existed on this site since the 1780’s, this premises first attained great fame in the 1830’s as ‘John Bull’s Albion Hotel and Tavern’. This was one of the most sought after premises of the age in close proximity to ‘Dublin’s Theatreland’ and the fashionable stores of Dame Street and College Green. A popular music hall business was developed on the site, a trend continued by proprietors Alica and Henry Murphy during the 1840’s. William Wormington succeeded them here in the 1860’s and James Kennedy took the reins in the 1880’s.
The unspoilt Victorian showcase that you see before you today was undertaken by Thomas F. O’Reilly in 1897, and by this stage the name of the premises was familiarly shortened to ‘The Swan’. Georges Street was then the most important thoroughfare in Dublin’s narrative and The Swan did a thriving wine, beer and spirits trade in addition to essential grocery items like tea, sugar, coffee, cocoa, snuff and semolina. John Francis ‘Sean’ Lynch (born 22 September 1942) is a former Ireland international rugby union player. Lynch was capped fifteen times as a prop for Ireland between 1971 and 1975 and toured New Zealand in 1971 with the British and Irish Lions playing in all four tests against the All Blacks. He played club rugby for St. Mary’s College R.F.C. This revered icon of Irish Licensed heritage has dispensed sustenance, shelter and social culture to the citizenry of Dublin for the last six centuries. Totally unique amongst Dublin pubs, The Swan is an authentic Victorian pub that is descended from a Medieval Inn. There has been a continuous licence on or close to this site since 1661 when Sir Francis Aungier developed what was then Dublin’s widest street.
Situated on Baggot Street, Toners is one of Dublin’s oldest and most famous traditional pubs. To prove this, we were the overall winners of “Best Traditional Pub” in the National Hospitality Awards 2014. In September 2015 we also won Dublin Bar of the Year at the Sky Bar of the Year Awards. Original features in the pub take visitors back in time, including the old stock drawers behind the bar from when Toners first opened in 1818 as a bar and grocery shop. The interior details like the glazed cabinets filled with curio, elaborate mirrors, the brass bar taps and flagstone floors to mention a few, makes you feel like you are stepping in to a museum… A museum in which you can drink in! Frequented by many of Ireland’s literary greats, including Patrick Kavanagh, the pub was also a favourite spot of W.B. Yeats and the snug is said to be the only place he would drink when he took an occasional tipple.