You’ve probably heard it a dozen times, but no trip to the Emerald Isle would be complete without visiting the capital city of Dublin and doing a bit of bar hopping while you’re there. Just be prepared for the number of choices there are :-) If you went to a different bar or pub every day of the week, it would take you about 21 months to visit them all!
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The Temple Bar area is the most renowned of the entire pub scene in Dublin and its pretty much dedicated to bars and pubs. Here are a few that the locals recommend:
The Temple Bar – this is one of the busiest and liveliest pubs in Dublin. Musicians will surprise you by showing up and playing just for the fun of it. There is a Trad session every weekday and two on Saturdays and Sundays.
Cassidy’s Pub – from the outside Cassidy’s has the appearance of a quiet, relaxing spot to enjoy a pint at the end of the day but looks are deceiving! Particularly on the weekends its filled with locals who love their Guinness and other tasty brews so you’ll be hard pressed to find a spot at the bar.
Murrays Bar – this bar changed hands over two years ago and the interior has been vastly improved. The atmosphere is comfortable with its traditional hardwood flooring and the food and drinks are excellent. There’s the added bonus of it being less crowded and it also has a pool table.
The Cobblestone – a must-see stop on a Dublin trip, The Cobblestone is an ideal mix of modern-day and old-world Dublin charm that features some of the best Trad music sessions every Thursday night. For great conversation, lively songs and a tasty pint, this is the place to be!
Patrick McGraths – if a quieter atmosphere and relaxing pint are what you crave, McGraths is the spot to spend your time in. Combine that with the clean, eye-appealing décor and a mixed crowd of friendly locals of all ages and you won’t want to overlook this establishment on your pub crawl agenda.
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