Jacobs Inn Favourite Dublin Pubs – Staff Picks

As voted by Jacobs’s staff and customers, here are our favourite Dublin pubs from the traditional (complete with open Fires, real Dublin Characters and perfectly creamy Guinness) to uber cool music bars…read  on…

KEVIN has been known to hang at Messrs Maguire –“Pretty cool bar just south of the river. They’re open late on the important nights of the week have several drink promotions most nights and have five different bars over three stories – very unusually and uniquely laid out.

Turk’s Head – One of the few spots in Temple Bar we would go to. It has an unusual layout – some parts of the bar are very cramped with people squeezed next to each other, whereas other parts are open and vacuous. Great live music most nights and some great drink promotions, too.

The Porterhouse – There are two of these in the city centre: one on Parliament Street and one on Nassau Street. The Porterhouse is a microbrewery, so they have a large selection of beer from all around the world, as well as their own home-brewed beer-The one on Parliament Street is better; it’s got live music and a better atmosphere.

The brazen head Pub Dublin

The Brazen Head Dublin – a Jacobs favourite

The Brazen Head – It’s second oldest bar in Europe (though they claim to be the oldest) for one thing. A ramshackle, weathered shell of a building from the outside, a lively local on the inside. Always packed with both tourists and locals, live music every night and (literally) award-winning food.


RONAN recommends The Long Hall (South Great George Street) “a must-visit pub-and it really is a long hall – a taste of Dublin in the rare ole times!

The Long hall Pub Dubln

Long Hall Pub – Ronan’s Pick

Mulligans on Poolbeg Street – one of Dublin’s oldest pubs (1782) with the best pint of Guinness for miles around – no fancy frills here. This is just over Butt Bridge a few minutes from the hostel serves a great pint of Guinness in a traditional pub environment of retired and still working hacks from the old Irish Press offices next door to the pub. A good mix of tourists with business folk and students along with some fun Dublin bar staff that has been there years, quality pub.

Frank Ryan’s in Smithfield – Great Pub with great Guinness… go on a Thursday to see the best Dublin cover band! And Darkey Kellys – Trad Sessions and good pints, often free sandwiches!


NIAMH suggests  Mcdaids another traditional pub but on Harry Street just off Grafton Street –“great spot for a good pint of the black stuff but get in early if you want to get a seat!”

MARTINA (a literary soul) spends her time at the Bernard Shaw: A pub, with an awesome beer garden and wait for it…A big blue double decker bus that sells pizza. Enough said!! If the bus didn’t peak your interests …you don’t deserve to witness it!

The Mercantile: Great looking bar, pretty central to Temple Bar and them also run a pub crawl every night. But great Sunday session with great modern traditional music


ELAINE  says: The Globe – on Georges Street, cool, bar upstairs and dance floor downstairs, always full even on a weekday and always free in! The Grand Social – cool smoking area, good mix of people go there. Usually live music/events upstairs and different genres music played every night. (Warning: all the staff like this one) Sweeney’s on Dame Street – Always live music and great atmosphere

ANDY’S  Hot spots! : If you are looking for the Irish cultural experience the Celt bar on Talbot Street is a great spot to go. Live music every night and very close to the hostel. Always a great atmosphere….

Doyle’s on Fleet Street is also a good bar. It also has live music every night and a nice friendly atmosphere always. One of my favourite bars that are also part of the hostels pub crawl is The Old Storehouse on Crown Alley in Temple Bar.

The Palace on Fleet Street also serves a good pint of Guinness in a traditional old pub frequented by Brendan Behan and Flann O’ Brien back in the day…