“Work is the curse of the drinking classes”
There are over 700 pubs in Dublin. Most serve bar food and snacks as well as soft and alcoholic drinks. There are quite a number of historic pubs in Dublin, some reputed to be built in the 12th century. Many historic pubs from the Victorian period are still intact. Dubliner’s favorite historic pubs are, The Stags Head, The Brazen Head, Mulligans and The Grave Diggers to name a few. Here is our list of some of Dublin’s most popular historic pubs.
The Brazen Head
Just a stones throw from the River Liffey is Dublin’s oldest pub, The Brazen Head. Established in 1198 the pub has seen many well known figures walk through its doors, such as Michael Collins, Wolfe Tone, Robert Emmet, James Joyce, Brendan Behan and Daniel O’Connell to name a few. Guests can enjoy traditional Irish food and live traditional Irish music every day.
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Way up in the Dublin mountains you will find Ireland’s highest pub, Johnnie Foxes. Just a short 25 minute journey from Dublin City center, Johnnie foxes is also one of Dublin’s oldest pubs that serve fresh food and have live music daily and in the afternoons on weekends. The pub also has a dining restaurant which boasts award winning seafood dishes and if you enjoy Irish dancing, you can avail of their Irish dancing dinner & show (reservations recommended).
The Stags Head
One of Dublin’s best preserved Victorian pubs with its mahogany fittings and mosaic marble tiles, The Stags Head is tucked away on Dame street. In the Stags Head, its Mondays Comedy Crunch , Fridays & Saturdays. On the last Wednesday of every month experience “The brown bread mixed tape” with plenty of stories, music and poetry.
Established in 1833, John Kavanaghs is a 6th generation family pub. Also known as ‘The Gravediggers’ because of its location next to the Glasnevin cemetery and its attached folk history, this is a genuine Victorian bar, totally unspoilt – and it has a reputation for serving one of the best pints in Dublin. The pub section of the bar is completely untouched. Swinging doors divide the little nooks and the tables seem to be original.
Known as “The home of the pint”, Mulligans was one of James Joyce’s favorite haunts. It was also visited by John F. Kennedy in 1945 and he became a fan of the quiet pub. The original lettering still remains on the pubs exterior windows and doors.