Dublin's best pubs and Dublin's best writers naturally go together. There are so many Dublin literary pubs that it’s hard to keep track of who drank where, and it sometimes seems that every writer who ever lived in Dublin must have drunk in every pub in the city - which may well be the case, for some of them.
A full list of Dublin’s literary watering holes would be almost as long as James Joyce’s Ulysses, but below are some of the best of them, alongside some others that are noted for their historical beauty and atmosphere. Don’t leave Dublin without at least one visit to one of the pubs on this list.
Dublin pubs are not for fleeting visits. They're for getting tucked into a corner, lingering and enjoying. Almost every pub has a connection with one writer or another, but a few of these literary watering holes have been modernised and lost some of their character. So, included in this list of Dublin's best bars are only ones that have retained their historical character and décor.
There has been a pub on this site since the 12th century, so the atmospheric Brazen Head can justly claim to be Dublin's oldest pub.
Maybe Bill Clinton can't be counted a great literary figure, but he did come for a drink at Cassidy's during one Dublin visit.
42 Lower Camden Street
Featured in James Joyce's novel Ulysses and focus for activities on June 16, Bloomsday, Davy Byrne's is probably the best-known of Dublin's literary pubs.
21 Duke Street
A fine example of a traditional Victorian Dublin pub, retaining all that's best about Dublin's convivial drinking places.
51 South Great George's Street
Popular in the 1950s with Brendan Behan and other leading literary figures.
3 Harry Street
One of Brendan Behan's favourite drinking spots, although everywhere was a drinking spot for Brendan Behan.
1 Chatham Street
A sporting pub that gets its name from the Old Stand stadium at the home of Irish rugby, Lansdowne Road. One of Dublin's oldest pubs.
37 Exchequer Street
Built in 1895 and looking like it hasn't changed much since, enjoy its Victorian décor of wood, glass, brass and mirrors.
1 Dame Court
W.B. Yeats was not one of Dublin's great literary drinkers, and one of the Toner's claims to fame is that Yeats made his one and only visit to a pub here.
139 Lower Baggot Street
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