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It will come as no surprise to discover that there are literally hundreds of pubs in Dublin. Mondays to Thursdays, most pubs open until 11.30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 12.30pm with an earlier closing time on 11pm on Sundays. However there are many pubs that have late bar extensions until 2am so you definitely won’t go thirsty! Hopefully the selection detailed here will get you through your first few days in our city.
Traditional Old Style Pubs - No Music
If it is a good pint of Guinness and a pub with some character you're after, pay a visit to: Mulligan's on Poolbeg Street; Kehoe's on South Anne Street or the Dawson Lounge on Dawson Street (Dublin's smallest pub). If you take the Dublin Bus Tour, get off just outside the Phoenix Park and walk down to Ryans of Parkgate Street. It is an olde style Victorian pub, has been visited by 2 US presidents and also does a great lunch - ask the Barman to show you the snug!
Traditional Music Pubs
For a good Irish pub with traditional music, O'Donoghues on Merrion Row is worth a visit. Just off St. Stephen's Green, this pub is popular with locals and visitors alike and is busy every night. When it's really busy the barmen stand on top of the counter and pass the drinks over the heads of the punters blocking your way to the bar - sounds messy but it's a great fun pub and you are never waiting long to be served. Another pub that's really worth a visit is the Brazen Head . It is the oldest pub in Dublin and has a great atmosphere. There are music sessions most nights but I think it's best on Sunday afternoons. If you are around Temple Bar, the Temple Bar Pub and also the Oliver St John Gogarty are both worth a visit. Both are loud, busy, hot and noisy but great fun!
Cool and Contemporary Pubs for the Under 25's
Perhaps a cool, contemporary-style bar would be more your scene. North of the Liffey, Traffic on Abbey Street is a hotspot for the 20 something's. Pravda on Liffey Street and Zanzibar on Ormond Quay are also popular- Zanzibar has a cover charge at weekends but stays open late and there's a dance floor at the back - be careful you don't get lost in it after a few drinks!
Posh, Stylish Superpubs for the Young at Heart
Around Grafton Street there are lots of trendy bars, including a string of superpubs on Dawson Street: Ron Blacks is the latest edition, but Samsara and Café en Seine are reliable posh spots as well. These bars are a must for the fashion followers who will love their glamour and style.