Dublin a fair city
Dublin is a vibrant, young city with three universities, many other fine third-level educational establishments and plays home to Fair City. Ireland has a long prestigious tradition of education and one of the highest rates of participation in education in the world.
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Dublin has some special advantages for those seeking to learn english - Dubliners are friendly and love to talk, thus offering many opportunities to students to practice. Dublin also provides an ideal cultural environment for the study of English as Ireland has a strong literary tradition and Irish writers and musicians enjoy a world-wide reputation.
Dublin is split into four administrative units. These are, Dublin City, Fingal, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, and South Dublin.
The city clings to a crescent shaped bay, spreading inland from a bustling port to the surrounding hills. The centre is small, walkable and riddled with distractions, from the historical, fantastical and legendary to lots of very real shopping, eating and entertainment options. Look up as well as around, and enjoy the Medieval, Georgian and ultra-modern architecture, and of course the ever-changing sky.
Within half an hour of the city mountain walks, stately homes and gardens, castles, sandy beaches and fishing ports provide the perfect foil to the bustle of the metropolis.
Visit Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, a lovely county south of Dublin city where the visitor can explore many a delightful village and town, enjoy a magnificent coastline, relax in wonderful countryside or enjoy numerous leisure pursuits.
Fingal to the North of the city covers an area of 173 square miles, stretching from the River Liffey and the city boundary to Balbriggan. Endowed with magnificent coastline, lovely river valleys, tranquil country lanes, quiet villages and burgeoning towns, Fingal provides a host of offerings to the visitor.
Situated between the city of Dublin and its rural hinterland, South Dublin offers the visitor a unique opportunity to obtain an experience of both the city and county. Deep river valleys divide the county into distinct neighbourhoods and provide ready-made green belts uniting the Liffey Valley with Dublin and Wicklow Mountains. There is a wide array of attractions, facilities and services at your disposal, all waiting to be discovered.
"A good puzzle", mused Leopold Bloom in James Joyces famous novel Ulysses, "would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub". The task would prove as tricky today. And would you really want to pass one by ?
The pubs of Dublin are not simply places in which to satisfy your thirst. They are theatres for storytelling, backdrops for romance, homes away from home and keepers of the spirit of the city, in more ways than one.
It never rains in a pub either!
Some of the many fine establishments in the city:
|Abbey Tavern |
Howth, Dublin 13
As you enter the Tavern you will be struck by its old-world charm, authenticity and simplicity.
|Auld Dubliner Pub |
24-25 Temple Bar, County Dublin
This old style bar has great pub food as well as Traditional Irish Music.
35 East Essex Street, Dublin 2
Located in the heart of Temple Bar, Bobs is a contemporary stylish Irish bar.
|Brazen Head |
20 Lower Bridge Street , Dublin 8
The Brazen Head Pub is reputedly the oldest pub in Dublin.
Temple Bar Hotel, Fleet Street, Temple Bar Dublin 2
Enjoy the unique atmosphere of Dublin's famous "Buskers" Bar.
|Cafe en Seine |
40 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
A continental style cafe bar with a beautifully designed interior.
|Cellar Bar |
The Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Set in the original 18th century wine vaults under the Georgian townhouses.
|Chief O'Neills Caf/Bar |
Smithfield Village, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Attached to Chief O'Neill's Hotel is Chief O' Neill's Bar.
|Coyote Lounge |
21 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2
Coyote Lounge offers a sophisticated and stylish bar and club with a mediterranean feel.
|Davy Byrne's |
21 Duke Street, Dublin 2
Davy Byrnes was immortalised in James Joyces 'Ulysses'.
|Doheny & Nesbitt |
5 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2
Traditional pub serving roasts, fish, sandwiches, panini and bagels.
|Down Under In Major Tom's |
South King Street, Dublin 2
Major Tom's Music Bar & Restaurant is a must for anyone with a taste for the funky and alternative.
|Duffy's Bar & Lounge |
Maion Street, Malahide, Dublin County
Duffys in the picturesque, award winning town of Malahide. Lunches daily 12.30-14.30
28/29 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
An ancient pub with style and a great atmosphere. Food served.
|Fitzsimon's Bar |
21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
A large split level bar, designed along traditional lines with bare floorboards.
|Flowing Tide |
9 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1
The Flowing Tide is situated on the opposite corner to the Abbey Theatre which is ideal for a drink.
|Foggy Dew Pub |
1 Fownes Street, Dublin 2
Recently refurbished and located in the heart of the city centre.
|Front Lounge |
Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Front Lounge is a stylish and sophisticated pub, with an array of sculpture and art to admire.
|Isoldes Tower |
Essex Gate, Old City, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Isoldes Tower is a traditional style Dublin bar situated near the Old City.
|Johnnie Fox's Pub |
Glencullen, The Dublin Mountains, County Dublin
One of the most unique pubs in Dublin is definitely Johnnie Fox's Pub which is found in the Dublin mountains.
|Knightsbridge Bar |
Arlington Hotel, 23-25 Bachelor's Walk,
The Knighstbridge Bar has traditional Irish music from Sunday to Thursday.
|Left Bank Bar and Restaurant |
18/21 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Dublin's Left Bank Bar is a trendy late night bar with a difference.
Townsend Street, Dublin 2
This pub's name originates from an old Irish chieftan who lost his head in this area in the 17th century.
3 Harry Street, Dublin 2
One of the true literary pubs of Dublin it was frequented in its time by many of the greats.
|Molloy's of Dun Leary |
4 Lower Georges Street, Dun Leary
Molloy's is set in the heart of historic Dun Leary and is renowned for its family atmosphere.
Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2
O'Dwyers pub is a landmark on Mount Street, a traditional style pub.
|O'Reilly's Cafe Bar |
Under Tara Street Dart Station, Dublin 2
Decorated in a Neo-Gothic style, under 300 year old railway arches, O'Reilly's is truly unique
Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2
O'Sullivan's traditional Irish bar should be your first stop in Dublin.
|Old Stand |
37 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2
Famous meeting place for sportsman and business people.
|Oliver Goldsmith's Bar |
46-49 Dame Street, Dublin 2
Visit Oliver Goldsmith's Lounge,sample our delicious menu and soak up the atmosphere of Dublin's.
|Oliver St. John Gogarty |
58/59 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Named after Dublin's most famous poet, pilot politician and avid fan of Guinness.
|Paddy Flaherty's |
51 Haddington Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Well known as a meeting place for Rugby buffs, Paddy Flahertys now offers a beer garden.
|Palace Bar |
21 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Palace Bar is located on Fleet Street in Temple Bar.
16-18 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Porterhouse, having offically the best stout in the world 1998/1999.
Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
Savannah is a very chic continental style cafe bar just a few minutes stroll from Dublin's city center.
|Sean Doherty's Tavern |
Rockbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
An Inn of antiquity, tradition and renowned hospitality with live music and dancing nightly.
South King Street, Dublin 2
Sinnotts is located just off St. Stephens Green. A traditional style pub licensed since 1840's.
|Smyth's of Malahide |
12 New Street, Malahide, Dublin County
Smyth's : Family & Sporting Pub.Where American style cuisine meets Irish style hospitality.
South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2
Sosume is one of Dublin's newest bars,as the name suggests the bar is based on an Eastern theme.
|Spawell Leisure Centre |
Wellington Lane, Templeogue, Dublin 6
The pub in this centre serves food seven days a week and there is also a nightclub-Club 2000.
|Taylors Three Rock |
Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
Taylors Three Rock contains three bars.
|The Dice Bar |
79 Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Modelled on a New York lounge bar.
|The George |
98 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2
Spoken of in hallowed terms among Dublins gay community.
|The Ivy House |
114 Upper Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9
The Ivy House is a long established premises in Drumcondra, now in its third generation.
|The Octagon Bar |
East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Featuring an octagon-shaped dome, The Octagon Bar has remained a favourite Dublin watering hole.
|The Long Stone |
10-11 Townsend Street, College Green, Dublin 2
Family run public house with unique atmosphere and ambience. Located only yards from Trinity.
|The Lord Edward |
23 Christchurch Place, Dublin 2
|The Long Mile Bar and Bistro |
2-4 Long Mile Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12
Temple Bar Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Located in the heart of Temple Bar.
|The Stag's Head |
1 Dame Court, Dublin 2
Dating back to 1770, the pub was rebuilt in 1894-95.
The Temple Bar
47/48 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Established in 1840. For almost 160 years patrons have flocked to the Temple Bar.
|The Tram |
131 James Street, Dublin 8
The Tram opened in December 2003. A modern stylish bar with a traditional theme.
The Vathouse Bar of Temple Bar
|Toner's Pub |
139 Lower Baggot Street, County Dublin
Toners is a Dublin pub full of character. Stone floors give a rustic feel.
36 Baggot St Upper, Dublin 4
The Waterloo Pub has just changed ownership after 37 years. A long established local pub.
34-35 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
One of Dublin's most spectacular bars, designed with a north African style.