A St. Patrick’s Day Guide to Dublin’s Best Pubs

A St. Patrick's Day Guide to Dublin's Best Pubs

On St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve got the word on five of the best watering holes in Dublin

Each year on March 17th, people around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, an annual Irish holiday honoring Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It commemorates his death and has evolved over time into a festival observed by millions. Wearing green attire has become one of the most prevalent traditions associated with this religious day.

Dublin, the heart of Ireland, offers the ultimate setting to celebrate the nation’s holiday. From March 15 to March 18, the city transforms into a lively hub of festivities, spanning four days of foot-stomping music, pub-hopping adventures, and spectacular firework displays. This event-packed celebration caters to all, with parades, family-friendly fun, and nightlife that lasts well into the early hours of the morning.

A St. Patrick's Day Guide to Dublin's Best Pubs
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin. Photo: Shutterstock

When thinking about the welcoming and emerald island of Ireland, Irish pubs naturally spring to mind. However, the clichéd images of green hues and ubiquitous shamrocks are pleasantly challenged by the diverse array of pubs found throughout Dublin. While Irish pubs may represent one of the country’s most significant cultural exports, those in the capital cater to distinct cultural niches.

Beyond offering an impressive selection of Irish, European, and even international beverages, Dublin’s pubs also mirror the city’s evolving cosmopolitan character. Visit these bars for their special take on what they highlight about Dublin:

The Long Hall

Adorned in rich maroon hues, The Long Hall exudes the timeless charm of traditional Victorian décor dating back to the late 19th century. Upon entering, one’s gaze is drawn to a wall on the left adorned with a prestigious James Joyce Pub Award, a testament to the pub’s remarkable cultural significance. Yet, beyond accolades and history, The Long Hall offers a service that is both welcoming and convivial.

Behind the bar, bartenders effortlessly pour pints of Guinness while engaging patrons in friendly banter and recommending new Irish gins with ease. Take note of the intricate gold leaf accents, original woodcarvings, and the vibrant hues adorning the ornate glass partitions that separate the booths. Here, a diverse mix of well-informed tourists and locals alike find their place, adding to the pub’s dynamic atmosphere.

Address: 51 South Great George’s Street, Dublin, Ireland; A pint costs € 5.50/Rs 500

The Celt

Among Dublin’s expansive pub scene, The Celt stands out as one of the most generously spacious venues. Divided into three distinct areas, each room offers its own ambiance: the first, a cozy space hosting nightly live music; the second, a mid-sized area with scattered tables for gatherings; and the third, a large interior room accommodating approximately 80 guests.

Renowned as the prime destination for live Irish music in Dublin’s city center, The Celt hosts performances throughout the week. In the warmly illuminated front room, flags representing various nations adorn the ceiling, creating a vibrant atmosphere as European travelers raise their glasses in appreciation of the talented local musicians. Inside, candlelit tables provide a welcoming environment for relaxed conversations, contributing to the pub’s inviting and cozy charm.

Address: 81 Talbot Street, North City, Dublin, Ireland; A pint costs € 5.30/Rs 480

Kimchi Hophouse

Discovering the Kimchi Hophouse for the first time can be a bit confusing. Housed within the traditional stained-glass exterior of The Shakespeare, an older Irish pub, the Korean influence of this establishment becomes apparent upon entry. Inside, a relaxed atmosphere prevails, with Korean bartenders tending to a well-stocked bar offering a wide selection of both regular and craft beers, along with traditional drinks like rice wine and soju.

The menu boasts a variety of tantalizing dishes, including various styles of mandu (dumplings), yakitori, sushi, and jjigae (stew). Don’t miss out on their signature dish, the Shakespeare Lager, which delights with its crisp, golden goodness. Outside, patrons can enjoy the outdoor seating area and designated smoking zone, while a terrace adorned with rotating graffiti art adds to the venue’s eclectic charm.

Address: 160-161, Parnell Street, Rotunda, Dublin, Ireland; A pint costs € 5/Rs 380

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The Grand Social

The Grand Social serves as a hub for Dublin’s diverse communities, catering to a range of interests and events. Whether you’re attending a Spanish food pop-up or joining local Arsenal FC supporters for a football screening, there’s always something happening here. Additionally, the venue frequently hosts performances by up-and-coming international artists, drawing in Dublin’s music-loving crowds.

With its versatile layout, The Grand Social provides distinct zones, including a disco room, beer garden, and traditional pub front. This setup allows for multiple experiences to unfold simultaneously, ensuring that every visitor finds something to enjoy.

Address: 35 Liffey Street Lower, North City, Dublin, Ireland; A pint costs € 5.60/Rs 4

J.T. Pim’s

A fresh, hip nightlife scene has emerged in Dublin, attracting students from across Europe, expatriates, and local professionals from various corporate headquarters. These groups form a significant portion of the regular clientele at J.T. Pim’s on Saturday nights, often seen savoring expertly crafted cocktails while grooving to the live beats emanating from the DJ’s booth.

Nestled at the lively intersection of George’s Street, J.T. Pim’s beckons with its playful decor featuring oversized chairs, delectable finger foods, craft beers, and an enticing array of gin and rum selections. The bar strikes a perfect balance between offering an energetic night out and exceptional food; its ambiance equally accommodates lively dancing and relaxed conversations over dishes like confit duck salad.

Address: 4 South Great George’s Street, Dublin Ireland; A pint costs € 5.50/Rs 500

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