Best pubs in Dublin 8

Alexandre Carcel

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MVP
Clanbrassil Street Upper Clanbrassil Street Upper, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8, D08 E1X9

This pub is located close to Dublin’s Grand Canal, offering a beautiful environment to stroll after a few drinks. A very relax ambiance that might be appealing to those who seek a cool and young setting, which would not be overcrowded. The perfect location for « after-work » drinks.
The owners of the pub are the bartenders themselves and are known to be very friendly towards customers.

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You have the possibility to order food as well, on the side; which is a nice extra with your “after-work” drinks. Despite high prices on food in average, the tasty baked potatoes with melter cheddar cheese spud (€7) is a perfect complement to your craft beer or glass of wine. You could also enjoy MVP specials served for 10 persons.

This casual pub also receives artists for concerts.
Moreover, the MVP offer a rare option for its customers. The pub is, in fact, pet-friendly. You can bring your dogs with you to hang out with your friends. This add to the beautiful environment, a homelike feeling. You can also book a table, or a party, ideal to plan for a night with all your friends.

Credit : MVP website
Credit : MVP website

57 The Headline
Clanbrassil Street Lower Clanbrassil Street Lower, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8, D08 HC79

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On the corner of the South Circular Road, 57 The Headline offer a casual typical Irish ambiance which has been recently renovated, give to the pub a more pleasant storefront, and indoor visual.
The pub offers a great variety of craft, rotational beers, and whiskeys, but also an attractive menu: from chicken wings and gnocchi to be eaten on the side of your drink, to more consistent meals like burgers. You have the possibility to conclude this meal with a nice chocolate brownie or some pannacotta.

The Headline put forward some weekly offers, every day except Sunday from 5 p.m to 8 p.m.
This pub is the best option for those who seek a charming place after work to get a couple of drink and take a nice dinner.

Kavanagh’s
New St S New St S, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, D08 V972

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An old Irish style pub with friendly staff ideal to get a nice pint of Guinness. This pub is praised for the friendliness of its staff, and its real Dublin locals customer base, making it truly authentic.

You could also assist to some concerts, various bands, traditional Irish music or DJ’s.

John Fallon’s “The Capstan Bar »
129 The Coombe, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8

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This pub has a long history which reflects Irish culture. There’s been a bar in this location since the 1600s, and « families fought hard to keep it alive since » who were confronted with « abject poverty » (The Irish Times, 2016). This pub history is undeniably at the heart of Dublin society struggle these past centuries.

The Capstan Bar is a symbol also due to its location in the Liberties, one of Dublin’s most historic neighborhoods. Today, the area is composed mainly by enterprises and commercial life. Therefore, The Capstan is a busy place to socialize with Dublin locals. You could also take a tour to the Teeling Distillery, close from this location, ideal for learning more about whiskey manufacturing before taking a drink at the Capstan Bar.

The staff is also known to be very welcoming towards customers.

Harold House
34 Clanbrassil Street Upper, Wood Quay, Dublin

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On the border of Dublin Grand Canal, the Harold House have the advantage of beautiful surroundings. This pub is ideal for watching football games in an authentic pub among regular customers.

The Harold House own a scene for some Rock’n’Roll. The place is good for quality, hospitality and « genuine eccentricity » (Wilson, D). The pub is just across the MVP, allowing you to choose between two different ambiances.

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Alexandre Carcel