Among the rich history and legendary traditions of Ireland, possibly nothing is any more world-renowned than their unique pubs. When finding yourself in Ireland's capital, it would be a mistake to not venture into at least a few of their most real and genuine pubs. Following is a list of five genuine Dublin pubs that have a wonderful atmosphere:
The Auld Dubliner - 24-25 Temple Bar
The Auld Dubliner is a perfect example of the legendary Irish pub. It is friendly, loud and sometimes a bit wild, but it truly captures the heart and spirit of a genuine Dublin pub. The Auld Dubliner is located in the city's Cultural Quarter, so the area is really hopping during the day. However, nighttime is when things really take off inside The Auld Dubliner. This is a great place to stop in and get the real feel of Irish pub life.
The Brazen Head - 20 Bridge Street Lower, Dublin 8
The Brazen Head is a great old pub that mixes in some modern amenities. Along with an extensive restaurant that mixes the old with the new on their menu, The Brazen Head also features live music every night. The Brazen Head claims to be the oldest pub in Dublin, dating back to 1198. Legend also has it that Robin Hood used to get a bit tipsy at the Brazen Head. Whether that is true or not, you and your band of merry men or women will likely have a really good time at The Brazen Head.
The Long Stone - 10-11 Townsend Street, Dublin 2/b>
The Long Stone is a very lively pub that is also able to maintain a relaxed atmosphere within the spirited conversation and interaction. The pub is not far from Trinity College, so there is a large younger crowd, but many folks of more advanced years go there as well. The downstairs level features plenty of seating around the bar, while upstairs there is the opportunity for a more intimate evening.
Brogans - 75 Dame Street, Dublin 2
Brogans is a genuine Dublin pub that is located right next door to the Olympia Theatre. This location gives Brogans a wide selection of clientele, as many people find their way to the pub before and after various shows. Outside of the show crowds, Brogans patrons generally run from age 20 through 40. On Tuesday nights, Brogans hosts a poetry competition that features an open mic.
The Foggy Dew - 1 Fownes Street Upper, Dublin 2
The Foggy Dew overlooks Central Bank Square in the heart of Dublin's city centre. The late afternoons are a great time to visit The Foggy Dew to get a good feel for the local life, as the bar becomes quite full with folks getting out of work in neighboring locations. The atmosphere is quite lively, because The Foggy Dew keeps alternative music cranking throughout the evening.
These genuine Dublin pubs should give you a good feel for the culture of Irish pub life. Just try to control the imbibing to the point where you can't remember what it was like.
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