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The Dublin Literary Pub Crawl: A Pub Crawl With A Difference

Guinness Storehouse Gate - Guiseppe Milo (Flickr)

Pub crawls have become very popular with many people doing ‘The twelve pubs of Christmas’ pub crawls and other versions throughout the year. However the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, which is hosted by local actors in the city of Dublin is a pub crawl with a twist that is becoming increasingly popular. Hosted every night during the summer season The Circular went along to find out it it was worth the hype!

Tickets are best booked online and are €15 for adults €13 for students when booked online. The pub crawl began in The Duke pub on Dublin’s’ Grafton Street where every on the pub crawl gathered upstairs and were greeted by two local Dublin actors, Colm and Derek, who kicked of the tour with a great welcome and great humor. With our first drink in hand we listened to stories about the history of the Duke pub and how it was frequented by Irish literature legends such as James Joyce and Patrick Kavanagh. The group, a mix of Irish and American tourists, were having a great time so far!

Colm and Derek Local Actors – Abigail Malone

After some Dublin choruses we were off to our second location down Dawson street while listening to more entertaining accounts of the local poets and writers. We arrived in Trinity College where we hear about Trinity students of the past including Oscar Wilde and Evan Boland. The songs, the humor and the stories bringing us all the way throughout the tour.

Trinity College Dublin – NH53 (Flickr)

Our final location for the night is the famous Davy Byrne’s pub, as mentioned by James Joyce in his work as ‘a moral pub’. The interaction of the actors and the publican’s was a major plus of the night as the actors were allowed in behind the bar ringing bells and pulling pints which brought the night to life!

James Joyce Plaque in Davy Bryne’s – Abigail Malone

With tickets very reasonable and the actors extremely entertaining The Circular would recommend tourists and locals alike to buy a ticket for this literary pub crawl. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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