Pubs In Dublin I am a big fan of Ireland, infact I absoultley love it. I have been in Dublin many times and really enjoy the nightlife. I find the city to be a beautiful place with friendly people and great bars. Temple Bar- Temple bar is an area of Dulin that has a main street lined with hotels, pubs and restarunts. The area was developed in 1991 to house pubs and clubs. It is a major tourist attraction and is well worth a visit. The main street in Temple bar is very busy and livley with a bustling cosmapolitan atmosphere. The streets are full of people out having fun and also a wide range of buskers who provide great entertainment. My two favourite pubs in Temple Bar- Oliver St John Gogartys- This is traditional Irish bar over two leveles with stone floor and old fashioned decor. It is always bursting at the seems with both locals and tourists alike and the atmosphere is electric. Downstairs is the bar in which there is always singing, dancing and being merry whilst upsatirs there is traditional irish bands playing, again with lots of singing and dancing. This is one of my favourite nights out. During the day the pub serves great, reasonably priced meals, generally consisting of lroasted meats with potatoes and veg. Defo worth a try. Buskers- Buskers is a huge bar/club over two floors and is always bustling with excitment. Far from being traditional Irish this is an ultra modern place. Upstairs the bar is an enormous circle in the centre of the room and serves all sorts of great cocktails. This place is popular with locals and plays chart and dance music. Downstairs is a nightclub, the music and decor are not that great but the place is so so friendly you always have a good time. Outside Temple Bar there are lots of great bars also. Madegines on O'Connell street is a small traditional pub that has a such a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. By the end of the night the bar staff know you by name. Overall- The bars in Dublin are just great. you always meet new people, the people are so friendly and the atmosphere is electric. Always a great night out. There are of course some drawbacks- It is definatley not the place to be for a quiet night out The drinks can be very expensive, almost double UK prices Large queues for the toilets due the business of the bars
~ ~ Johnnie Foxes is located in Glencullen, a small sleepy village in the southern suburbs of Dublin, perched high on the top of the Dublin Mountains. It makes great emphasis of the fact that it is the “highest pub in Ireland” but this is not strictly true, as there is a place on the Beara Peninsula called “The Top of the Coomb” that is higher still. That said, Johnnie Foxes is an Irish institution, and is renowned throughout the world both for the food in its excellent restaurant, and for the “mighty crack” (fun) that is to be enjoyed at its Irish “hooley nights”. ~ ~ Foxes is the original Irish boozer that all others throughout the world try so desperately to copy. Built about 1750, many of the original fixtures and fittings are still in place! From the moment you arrive, you realise straight away that this place is something special. The outside is decorated with all types of old fashioned engraved enamel signs, (original, off course) there is an old traditional Irish country shop and Post Office, and an assortment of old wheelbarrows and farming implements. Walk through the front door and you are met with a scene that could have come from the 1800’s, with old rickety chairs and tables (few of which match), and old wooden benches pulled up in front of roaring peat and log fires. (None of your fake modern gas ones here!) The ceilings are all oak beamed, and the floor is covered in a layer of lovely smelling fresh sawdust. Old pictures, antiques and memorabilia line all the walls; pictures, photographs, strange looking tools and implements, (used for God knows what) old cigarette packets, jugs and bottles, and, off course, pictures of Ireland’s most famous son, John F. Kennedy. ~ ~ The whole place fairly hums, with bar boys and waiters at every turn, organising the seating for you, and making sure that your every whim is answered on request. The interior is sectioned off into three areas. You have the main bar, the large hall off it where the “hooley” sessions take place, and the restaurant. ~ ~ The “hooley” sessions take place every night of the week. There is the usual Irish folk and country bands, (usually very good) and they even have their own mini version of “Riverdance”, with an assortment of Irish dancers jigging around for your entertainment. If all this sounds very “touristy” it’s because it is. The place is invariably packed to the doors with visitors from every corner of the globe, but don’t let this put you off. It is truly Irish, and unquestionably the “real thing”, which is the main reason for its continued popularity and high reputation. ~ ~ The restaurant is called the “Famous Seafood Kitchen”. This may seem a bit strange for a place situated so high in the mountains, but you must remember that you are never very far from the water in the “Emerald Isle”. You can, off course, choose from a very extensive menu, but my advice would be to stick with the fish in any of its various forms, as this is what Foxes do best. The odd strange delicacy is thrown in to tempt you, such as alligator steaks and fresh Beluga Caviar with blinis. (at £95 a pop!) There is an extensive (and expensive) wine list as well, if you are not content to stick with the Guinness. The price of a good meal here will usually be about £50 per head, which may or may not seem expensive depending on your wallet, but is not unreasonable as Irish prices go. ~ ~ Johnnie Foxes is one of the most popular bar/restaurants in the whole of Ireland. I’ve lost count of the number of tourists I’ve ferried up to here in my taxi, and at a fare of £20 it’s been fairly lucrative for me over the years. (My email is on my profile if you want to book your taxi!!!!) Try it if you get the chance. I guarantee you a night to remember.