Kehoe’s is a traditional Irish Pub. Kehoe’s was first licensed in 1803 when the winds of revolution spread across Western Europe. The premises that you see before you today, were completed towards the end of the 19th century in typical Victorian style. You can view stained glass mahogany doors, old Irish snugs, partitions and the entire homely feel throughout the pub.
The Grocery and Snug Bar
Entering this pub lovers haven, you will be instantly confronted by the austerity and subdued colourings of the Victorian age. When visiting Kehoes take note of the original mahogany drawers, behind the low grocery counter, which once housed rice, tea, coffee, snuffs and other provisions items. In its former Existence this area was frequented by shoppers of the age who could slip in and enjoy a triple in the snug while the proprietor prepared the provisions order. Everything here remains as it was 100 years ago, including the serving hatch and buzzer in the snug.
The Heritage Bar
Passing through the saloon style stained glass mahogany doors, we enter the Heritage bar- Unspoilt, untouched and wearing the patina of its years superbly. Today, we can capture it exactly as it was; only the faces have changed. Plenty of Mahogany partitions to provide seclusion, comfort and privacy. All the advertising signs of yesteryear remain in place. While you are here, order yourself a Guinness and as you wait for it to settle, study the splendid Victorian black bar, sumptuously carved in solid dark grained mahogany woods. Take note of the two little ante-rooms which are always occupied, and be sure to mind your head if you need to journey to the restrooms – Another lost charm of the older pubs
The Literary Pub
If Joyce was to return today, I’ll bet that he would regret missing out on this one. But Joyce’s loss was aptly compensated for in the persons of Kavanagh, Behan and Myles na gCopaleen, who regularly imbibed here when they fell out of favour across the way in McDaid’s. Not that John Kehoe was over0enamoured to see them – as their high spirited style of showmanship ran contrary to the ethics of this strict and conservative house. But they found a more tolerant welcome here in the less quiet interludes of morning when less inebriated and when accompanied by the acceptable faces of Dublin’s literati. The 40’s and 50’s were the great literary days at Kehoes.
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