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In The Brazen Head's old courtyard
Although it claims to be the oldest pub in the country, Sean's Bar in Athlone actually is a couple centuries older than The Brazen Head. But still, this Medieval pub dates back to 1198, and it is for sure the oldest pub in Dublin. It has retained all of its historic charm and character, which makes it really popular with tourists. Each of the pub's small, cozy rooms are filled with atmosphere, and so is the courtyard area. It's a good place to go when you feel like mingling with fellow world travellers, and there is something special about the idea of having a pint of Guinness in the same spot where the likes of Michael Collins and Jonathan Swift used to get together with friends and colleagues to discuss the state of their country. Don't you love it when history calls for a drink?!
Dress Code: Casual
Address: 20 Bridge Street Lower
Directions: Downtown Dublin
Phone: 353 (01) 677-9549
Theme: Eating and Drinking
The Temple Bar in Dublin
Perhaps spending an evening bar hopping in the Temple Bar area doesn't sound like the most original thing to do while in Dublin, but what I thought made it so interesting was the variety of pubs and live music that could be heard in the area - while some of the pubs remain faithful to the image we've got of a traditional Irish pub, others are definitely more modern and often feature live rock music. Very roughly, if you're in the mood for some "Molly Malone" and "Wild Rover", the area that stretches between Westmoreland St. and Eustace St. is where you'll most likely hear some flutes and fiddles. Some pubs, such as The Palace Bar (21 Fleet St.), are well known for their typical Irish music sessions; others, such as The Oliver St. John Gogarty, are more similar to Irish pubs around the world, with plenty of people (well, mostly tourists) singing along, clapping hands, and having a jolly good time! In the area that stretches between Eustace St. and Fishamble St., the pubs become gradually more modern, and you're more likely to hear live bands play some Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers (and meet more Dubliners). So overall I'd say it's worth spending at least one evening in the Temple Bar area, if only to catch some of the rustling, bustling atmosphere!
Dress Code: Most places were pretty casual
Directions: Temple Bar
Theme: Live Music
At McDaids on Harry Street
We hadn't really planned on going to McDaids but as it started raining - or rather pouring - as we were walking up Grafton Street, we ducked into a side street and into the nearest pub, which happened to be McDaids. We immediately liked the atmosphere of this old pub (it dates back to 1779), where we later found out that writers such as Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh used to hang out. There was some rock music playing in the background, low enough to make you feel like this was the kind of place you went to when you felt like chatting with friends over a pint. And speaking of having a pint, after we'd finished our first one, we were having such a good time that we decided to go for a second one, and... let's just say that by the time we left, the streets were quite dry once again!
Dress Code: Casual
Address: 3 Harry Street
Directions: Just off Grafton Street
Phone: 353 (01) 679-4395
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