Ratings Key (0-10)
A: Choice and/or quality of drinks
B: Style and décor
C: Atmosphere and feel
D: Amenities, Events & Community
E: Value for money
F: The Pub Going Factor
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Our website could hardly count itself as a useful resource without featuring some Irish pubs, albeit we have barely scratched the surface. The Republic of Ireland doesn’t shy away from the fact it likes a drink.
Combining a fondness for all things traditional with that tendency all relatively new independent states have, to dip back into their past for inspiration and identity this manifests itself in some wonderful preserved pubs, as yet ungentrified and still with a keen understanding of what qualities make a pub worth going to.
It’s common to find the bar in a true Irish pub manned – in both senses – by late middle-aged fellow of sizeable girth packaged in a neat plain white shirt and black trousers. You’ll be assured of a friendly welcome and perhaps a few jests if you’re not a local – usually good natured.
While Irish folk music can be witnessed in most pubs it nevertheless adds something – occasionally monotony, but usually a bonhomie that take the places onto another level in terms of atmosphere.
The phenomenon of ‘plastic Paddy’ unfortunately infects several pubs meaning that the enticing exterior and Gaelic signage is no cast-iron guarantee of a preserved interior. A little like London, many of Dublin’s historic pubs are being squeezed to accommodate as many tourists as possible with the inevitable price-gouging and corporate feel that comes with it.
However, thankfully you don’t have to go far at all to find the places that are still happy being what they are. Go to Ireland at the first opportunity you get, as many of these won’t be long for this world once the landlords retire.