"Bowes Lounge on a Sunday Night" Traditional Pubs Tip by johngayton

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Despite all the modern developments around the city Dublin is still well-blessed with some cracking proper pubs - the pubs being on pretty much the same level of sanctification as the churches.

As I walked past late-ish on a Sunday evening my beer nose told me that Bowes, tucked away slightly off-the-beaten-path at the College Street end of Fleet Street, would be a "John Pub" and so it was! The pub dates from the 19th Century and still has its original fittings. The long wooden bar with its row of bar stools has stained-glass dividers which create smaller more intimate areas, the walls are dark wood-panelled but with plenty of mirrors to prevent the place appearing gloomy and the banquette seating creates individual spaces which are ideal for small groups.

Service is Dublin-friendly, the locals chatty and the Guinness as good as it gets (and slghtly cheaper than most). The pub is open from Midday till Late, 7 days a week and serves bar food all day.

Sunday night is music night which attracts some serious traditional musicians and the bar fills with mostly local afficiandos. On my only visit the music was great (none of the kitschy stuff designed solely for the tourists), the atmosphere relaxed and just generally good craic - well worth seeking out!

Dress Code: Don't be silly - this is a proper pub! But as always scantily-clad women are appreciated .p

Address: 31 Fleet Street
Directions: Just off the corner of College and Fleet Street, next to Doyles (which is part of the same company hence the website).
Phone: 01 6714038
Theme: Live Music
Website: http://www.doylesintown.com/bowes_bar

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 16, 2009
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