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Dublin pubs in film: Hugh Grant in The Long Hall

  Post war Liverpool was recreated in Dublin for Mike Newell’s 1995 film ‘An Awfully Big Adventure’ starring Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman. One of the scenes in the film features Grant and Alun Armstrong sharing a drink and a chat about Georgina Cates’ character in a pub. The pub used for filming was The […]

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The Dame Tavern through the years

Every few months we pay a digital visit to the Irish Newspaper Archive in the computer rooms of the National Library and do a bit of digging on some of Dublin’s best known pubs. Recently we did a search for 18 Dame Court where the Dame Tavern resides now today. It’s a fantastic little family […]

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Before Brogans was Brogans. A history of names.

In 2017 we took a group around Dublin on a ‘New Pub Pub Crawl’. We took them to Jimmy Rabbitte’s, Bourkes, Underdog, and Pipers Corner. For each of these pubs we did a bit of a historical survey and checked the Irish Newspaper Archive for any historical mentions of the pubs or businesses on those […]

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The advert for The Palace bar from 1949

  A few months back we made a visit to the National Library to have a look at a few historical books of interest relating to pubs. One of these was the 1949 guide to Irish pubs simply called ‘Where to drink’. The book goes into very good detail on the various well known pubs […]

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Northside pubs to watch the 6 nations in Dublin

    Ryan’s Store Street     Ryan’s on Store Street is a grand big pub with a traditional design. We love the all wooden fixtures, including the dividers that create several small areas around the pub. They’ve got several high definition screens around the pub that make it a great spot for watching sport. […]

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Just the tonic on a Thursday

  Make a mental note: Thursdays are for gin and tonic in Slatterys Beggars Bush. The pub which is a popular after work and pre match spot are bringing back their gin and tonic specials after a hiatus over December. They’re serving up 4 premium gins, including 3 Irish offerings with tonic included all for […]

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In 360: The Hairy Lemon function room

  Here’s a look into the upstairs party space in The Hairy Lemon. It’s got a capacity of 150 people and is comprised of 3 rooms, other spaces, and a private bar. It also has access to 2 smoking areas. A good shout for any kind of large party. Click and drag the image to […]

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A bar for the 6 nations home or away

  Pubs are all gearing up to the 6 nations matches, both home and away, getting ready to welcome people through the doors to watch the games on the screen or drop in for a pint on the way to the Aviva. One pub is well placed with plenty of space for both such circumstances. […]

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There’s a new pub on its way to Kevin Street

  At the corner of Kevin Street and Patrick Street near Patrick’s cathedral there has been a pub laying dormant for years now. Nash’s pub once sat there on the corner until its closure. Now, the location is getting a revamp and new owners have taken it over and are planning on opening soon. The […]

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Cost price spirits at Tipple Tuesday

  For a few months now The Chelsea Drugstore on George’s Street have been doing something very interesting on a Tuesday night. They’ve been giving people the opportunity to sample some very fine whiskey and other spirits by offering one every week at cost price. It’s a nice way to let people with a developing […]

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Dublin pubs showing the Superbowl 2018

Superbowl Sunday is now actually quite a big night in the Dublin pub calendar. So many pubs now choose to show it and the audience is so much bigger that there’s usually loads of Superbowl parties going on around the city. Here’s a few to choose from ,including what they’ll be offering in terms of […]

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The first ever Good Friday pub crawl!

  Publiners rejoice! The law has been changed. For the first time in 90 years pubs are allowed to open and serve alcohol in Ireland on Good Friday. To celebrate, we’re going to host Dublin’s first ever Good Friday pub crawl.  Through the prism of the pub we’ll explore Irish culture and history. We’ll also […]

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