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I visited this pub on my third visit to Dublin and had not been in before because i thought it looked too much like a chain pub which i didnt fancy. however i was drawn in one night by the band that were playing who can only be decribed as amazing!
The bar serves every beer you could ever imagine from all over the world. They are listed by country in the menu where it gives you a description of the taste. Being new to beer it was great for me as i could try so many!! There are heaps of nooks and crannies to sit in and about 4 floors with the music being in the centre on a small balcony. It is no more expensive than any other bar and the choice is enormous. They also offer a beer of the day which they sell at a cheaper price which i tended to try. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit there and went back the following night!!
I've been a regular visitor to the porterhouse since it opened - which, given the sheer range of pubs in Dublin, must say something. I've long been a fan of the porterhouse red beer, and delight in the fact that it's one of the extremely rare places where you can experience the joy of Sleeman's outside of Canada. The beer prices remain reasonable, despite the popularity of the pub (although a night on imported bottled beers, which often cost over £3 a go, could set you back a bit!). The bar is huge, especially on weekends when all four floors are open. It's well worth taking some time to people watch, if you can get one of the stools above the main bar (you can count the number of times people try - and fail - to order Guinness!). However, there are downsides. When it opened, it served good, reliable food (love the potato wedges!), but over time it's gone way down hill. Mushy nachos, ill cooked fish, scrawny chicken wings...not good! The prices have gone up as well. I'd still eat there, but only if I happened to be there for some other reason. Also, can anyone explain to me how they manage to consistently find such terrible bands! It's Irish music at its most painful. Overall, it's good for big groups, but it's going downhill, and if you want to see a real Dublin pub, I'd steer clear.
~ ~ The Porterhouse, located in the famous tourist area of Temple Bar in Dublin, is in fact far more than just a pub/restaurant. It opened its doors as recently as 1996, and was the first “micro-brewery” ever to open in Ireland, and although many others have since tried to emulate its success, the Porterhouse remains the undoubted leader in this lucrative market. As distinct from old-fashioned traditional Irish pubs the Porterhouse is all that is new and innovative in pub design. But it has not, however, lost sight of the fact that it is above all else an Irish pub, and everything about the Porterhouse is a cut above your average theme pub so prevalent today. So much so in fact, that it won the prestigious Jameson’s Whiskey “Pub of the Year” award in 1999. ~ ~ What sets it apart is that all its beers are actually brewed right there on the pub premises, the whole basement area being given over to this purpose. The Porterhouse sells no less than eight different types of beer, three different stouts, two ales, and three types of lager, so its customers are almost guaranteed to find something that they will find tasty and enjoyable. Ten different brews are actually made by the company, and some of them are so different as to almost defy description. ~ ~ The first I will mention is a brew called Oyster Stout, that is brewed with fresh oysters direct from the harbours of the West Coast of Ireland, and for which the pub is very quickly becoming famous. Another is called Wrasslers. This is a stout produced from the original recipe obtained from the records of the now long defunct Deasy’s Brewers in West Cork, and which was last made in Ireland in the early 1900’s. It is reputed to have been the favourite tipple of no less a luminary than Michael Collins himself, one of the founding fathers of the Irish Republic. To cater for the younger taste, the Porterhouse also produce a lager called
Chiller, using hops and wheat specially imported from the USA, and so tasty that it is now said to be more popular than Budweiser with Dublin’s young drinkers. You can actually order a sample tray with a small glass of all ten beers that the company produce, to discover which one you fancy before ordering a full pint. Incidentally, the Porterhouse is the only pub in the whole of Dublin city NOT to sell Guinness!! ~ ~ The ground floor of the premises is the taken up by the bar. If you want to get a seat it’s advisable to get there shortly after opening, as the popularity of the Porterhouse is now becoming legendary. The second and third floors of the pub are accessed by a set of traditional wooden staircases, and are given over to the restaurant. This is also as different as chalk and cheese from your traditional Irish pub fare. They offer a choice of all sorts of different international cuisines, ranging from the traditional Irish, to Caribbean, South American, and African. Some of the food is as different as the beer they brew. There is “beef and stout pie”, the meat being marinated in Wrassler’s stout, and then encased in a delicious, crisp puff pastry. Or you can order traditional Irish salmon, pasta dishes, or hot and spicy chicken and chilli. One dish not too be missed is a pot of Irish mussels direct from the West Coast fisheries. (these are totally delicious) The prices are very cheap by modern standards as well, with the most expensive main course being a 12oz T-bone steak at only £13.95, (Irish Punts, minus 20% for Sterling) and the majority of dishes being priced at under a tenner. If you want to take home a souvenir of your visit, then they’ll even sell you a T-shirt, with a picture of one of their famous brews emblazoned on the front. (£7.50 Irish Punts) ~ ~ The Porterhouse, which lies in the shadow of Dublin Castle, is one definitely not to be missed on your
next (or first) visit to Dublin
My fourth time in Dublin, and though I love the more traditional bars in Temple Bar (even though they're stuffed with 99 per cent fellow Brits rather than locals), I decided to venture a little further afield. The Porterhouse is on Parliament Street (which runs from the Liffey at one end up to.. well, the Parliament building at the other) and within seconds of stepping inside, we felt at home. Was it the wood panelling which dominates the place, or maybe the sound of a singer floating from an upstairs bar? We followed the sound, and packed in with dozens of others to watch the guy doing a whole range of rock cover versions on a tiny corner stage area.. but this was no ordinary pub singer. He was a real performer, and we found ourselves tapping toes and enjoying the atmosphere. The Porterhouse is famous for its own beers, and the range of other brews it sells. I'm no expert, but my pint tasted nice! The walls are lined with cabinets with the most incredible museum like collection of bottled beers. And the staff are friendly. What more could you ask for? Well, we didn't try the food but were told by others who had that the portions were enormous - perfect for lining the stomach to try yet another glass of Porterhouse hospitality!
100 kinds of beer, you can buy there, but not one Guinness. If you will drink a beer just like Guinness than you must say one pint of plain please. You can also test the brain blasta but be carefully the name is programm. You can also eat very nice sandwiches or many chicken variations but that's very hot!!! But the best is the music in the porterhouse every night different music but the same music program is the one week later. And don't forget the Highlight's from 6.-13 October Octoberfest bavarian beer from 1.- 8 Dezember the week of the belgian beer Very very very strong Test it for the science !!!