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Why can't all pubs be like this?
Member Name: wordgirl
Date: 16/11/00, updated on 16/11/00 (39 review reads)
Advantages: Good atmosphere and music, vast choice of beers
Disadvantages: Busy, but then that adds to the atmosphere!
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!