Ireland go into the rugby World Cup in Japan in high spirits and with the support of the nation behind them. Unfortunately for us a lot of Ireland’s pool games are early morning. Fortunately for us several Dublin pubs will be opening early for breakfast to show the games so you can still watch them in the heightened tension of the pub atmosphere.
Ireland’s games are as follows:
- Ireland v Scotland Sunday 22nd September 8.45am
- Japan v Ireland Saturday 28th September 8.15am
- Ireland v Russia Thursday 3rd October 11.15am
- Ireland v Samoa Saturday 12th October 11.45am
We’ve put together this list of pubs that are either early houses that can open for some of the games and sell alcohol, but most of the pubs opening early are serving breakfast and offering up the pub atmosphere without alcohol.
Just so you know what times regular pubs can serve alcohol at, it’s from 10.30am Mon-Sat and from 12.30pm on a Sunday.
The Bridge 1859
The Bridge has the distinction of being owned by current and former Irish internationals Rob and Dave Kearney, Jamie Heaslip, and Sean O’Brien, so it’s safe to say there will be a few people cheering on Ireland over breakfast and lunch. They’ll be open for breakfast for the first 2 games and then they’ll be serving lunch from 1 for the following 2.
O’Shea’s Talbot Street
O’Sheas on Talbot Street is open for all the games, serving breakfast for the first one and showing them on 3 screens around the pub, including in a heated and covered beer garden.
The Bankers on Dame Lane are a good all round pub. For the first game they’ll be showing off their breakfast selection in tandem with their screens showing the games. For the later games they’ll be able to serve you a pint with the match should you want one.
Doheny and Nesbitt
Doheny and Nesbitts on Baggot Street is a HUGE rugby pub. The atmosphere will be rocking here. Enjoy a full Irish breakfast and maybe a pint for the later games.
Devitts on Camden Street will be opening on Sunday serving their excellent Full Irish breakfast and other options. A fine pub for sports.
Bar 1661 is on Little Britain Street off Capel Street and is the newest pub on this list. It’s known for for its association with poitin and cocktails. It might be a bit early for that, but they’ll be serving up breakfast from 8am along with bottomless tea and coffee. With the exception of this first Sunday game, they’ll be offering a cold pressed Belfast coffee with Ban poitin and locally roasted two fifty squared coffee. They’ll have a full Irish, pork sausage bap, eggs and avocado, and granola.
The Square Ball
The Square Ball say they are showing a selection of the later games, so it might be best to get in touch with them to make sure it’s on. All details via this link.
The Mercantile will be open for breakfast for all of the Ireland games.
Cafe en Seine
The Woolshed will be opening for breakfast for Ireland games. It’s a mssive sports bar with loads of screens.
The Living Room
The Living Room on Cathal Brugha Street will be open early for the Ireland games showing the match on hteir massive big screens.
Smyths will be opening for all the games, including the opener on Sunday and serving breakfast.
The Patriot’s Inn, Kilmainham
We’re informed that the Patriots Inn will be open for the matches. Link.
Outside the city centre
The Hatchett Inn
For the later games The Hatchet Inn in Barstown will be running a courtesy bus home plus a full Irish with 2 pints and a raffle ticket for € 20.
The Salmon Leap
The Salmon Leap in Dunboyne are also offering a full irish, 2 pints and a raffle ticket for € 20.
The Glenside Churchtown will be serving breakfast for all the games.
The Bottle Tower
Ashtons Gastro Pub
The Bald Eagle
And by special request…
Stephen Hunt’s pub in Rosslare, Tides, which is a gastro pub gets to be included by special request.