You may remember an excellent book from a few years ago that chronicled the history of the Irish pub named ‘Have ye no homes to go to?‘. It tells the story from the earliest origins of Irish brewing and distilling, to the foundation of licensing laws, right up to the present day and the pubs that we enjoy.
The same author, Kevin Martin, is back with another book about pubs. This one takes on the task of finding Dublin’s best pubs. Kevin finds pubs in the city centre, the south and north suburbs, as well as the greater Dublin county area and goes into interesting detail about the history of each pub, as well as interesting anecdotes about where they derive their names, former proprietors and what they’re known for today.
It’s not just about the old and well known pubs though. A number of newly opened pubs are featured, including Piper’s Corner,The Vintage Cocktail Club and others.
For us, the pub featured a lot of information that we previously hadn’t known, proving that there’s always something new to learn about pubs. For example, the pub details how Hartigan’s pub on Leeson street was used as a setting for a scene in Flann O’brien’s famous novel ‘At Swim Two Birds’.
For anyone looking for a present or a stocking filler for the pub lover in their life, then this book would make a fitting gift.