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Pubs and Bars

A visit to Dublin would not be complete without a visit to a pub, of which there are very many. Pub life is central to many Dubliners' cultural , musical and social activities. Pubs in the city centre are generally packed with people most nights, several of them provide good lunches at reasonable prices, and many will host either live music or DJs at the week-end. For a comprehensive listing of the different types of pub in Dublin, see our Pubs & Bars section.


GUINNESS Hopstore map
St. James's Gate, Dublin 8.  (Map h49k51 - G51)
Phone: 4084800   Fax: 4084965  
Opening hours: Apr - Sept: Mon - Sat 9.30 - 17.00; Sun & Bank Hols 10.30 - 16.30.
Oct - Mar: Mon - Sat 9.30 - 16.00; Sun & Bank Hols 12.00 - 16.00; Closed 25-26 Dec, Good Friday.   
How to get there: 20 minute walk west from Christ Church cathedral.
By bus: 51B,78A from Aston Quay, 123 from O'Connell St./ Dame St.  

A converted 19th century building houses the World of Guinness exhibition, an audio-visual show on the history of Guinness, a model cooperage and transport museum, and of course a bar where you can sample the real thing.

Admission fee, groups (20+, reservation required) .
Facilities: free parking, wheelchair accessible, souvenir shop, coffee shop and bar.


The Old Jameson Distillery map
Bow Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7.  (Map h46k48 - J47)
Phone: 8072355   Fax: 8072369  
Opening hours: 9.30 - 18.00 every day (last tour 17.00). Closed Christmas day and Good Friday.  
How to get there: 30 minutes walk from Trinity College.
By bus: 67, 67A from Middle Abbey St. to Merchants Quay; 68, 69, 79 from Aston Quay to Merchants Quay.  

The art of irish whiskey making is presented in this tour of the Old Jameson Distillery, which includes an audio-visual presentation, a guided tour of the old distillery, and a whiskey tasting session in the Jameson bar.
The new viewing tower, The Chimney, is nearby, offering panoramic views of Dublin from its observation deck.
Admission fee, family rates available.
Facilities: gift shop, restaurant.


Jameson Literary Pub Crawl
37 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. 
Phone: 6705602   Fax: 6705603  
Email: colm   Web:  
Opening hours: Easter - Oct : nightly 19.30, Sun 12.00 and 19.30.
Winter: not on Mon, Tues, Wed. closed over Christmas/New Year.  

Pub crawl starts at The Duke pub on Duke St., off Grafton St., Dublin 2. Lasts 2 1/2 hours; an introduction to both pubs and Irish literary history: actors perform works of Dublin's famous writers as they guide you around their favourite pubs.
Ticket from Dublin Tourism office; concession at the door only.


Musical Pub Crawl
at Dublin Tourist Office, Suffolk St., Dublin 2. 
Phone: 4780193   Fax: 4751324  
Opening hours: May - Oct: 19.30 every night. Winter: Fri and Sat only.  
How to get there: Nearest DART station: Pearse Street.  

A Pub crawl of 4 pubs in Temple Bar, led by musicians who entertain you along the way, while telling the history of Irish music.
Starts at Oliver St.John Gogarty's pub in Temple Bar (corner of Fleet St. and Anglesea St).
Tickets available on the night or from Dublin Tourist Office; groups should phone to book in advance.
Admission fee


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