Dublin is renowned for its excellent pub-to-person ratio, with over 1000 watering holes spread across the Irish capital. It's one of the best things about the city, but it can make planning a Dublin pub crawl pretty tricky. So, we have done the hard work for you and planned a pub crawl that will take you to some of the best pubs that Dublin has to offer, with walking time kept to a minimum. The route begins at St Stephens Green, a laid-back and trendy part of the city. It then ends in Dublin’s nightlife hotspot, the famous Temple Bar area, where you can continue your night at some of Dublin’s best clubs and bars. Or, if the crawl has defeated you, sober up at one of Temple Bar’s many late night eateries. To find out more about what Dublin has to offer, visit The Highlights
Best pub for a Guinness
Located a little bit away from the rush of the city centre, this traditional Irish pub is worth a visit as Rory Guinness (a Guinness family member) claims that it “serves the best pint of Guinness in Dublin”. Toners also has a great outdoor heated beer garden, which catches the Irish sun from morning till evening (when it makes an appearance).
139 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland
Best pub for authentic Irish music
Head to O’Donoghues for some traditional Irish music. Well-known for launching the career of the folk band ‘The Dubliners’, O’Donoghues is a firm favourite for music lovers and hosts live performances each night. Located just off St Stephen’s Green, the pub is very large but quickly fills up with charming locals and tourists alike.
15 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, Ireland
Best pub for Irish whisky
If you're after a traditional Irish whisky bar, your best bet is Palace bar. It’s Located on Fleet Street at the edge of the touristy Temple Bar area, but this pub is a firm favourite with the locals too. The bar has an entire upstairs room dedicated to Irish whisky, and regularly hosts live folk music performances, creating a truly authentic Irish experience.
The Palace Bar
21 Fleet St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
Best pub for big groups
Located on the edge of the renowned Temple Bar area, Porterhouse is a great drinking spot for big groups with three spacious floors. It’s known as the oldest microbrewery pub in Dublin and sells its own delicious beers. Try their oyster stout, it’s made onsite using fresh oysters and tastes pretty damn tasty.
16-18 Parliament St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland