6 Great pubs to visit on St Patrick’s Day

The last few years we’ve headed into town early to watch the St Patrick’s Day parade and then met up with some friends and visited a few pubs for drinks.  These are some of our favourite pubs in Dublin City centre.


Hogans Bar

Hogans recently was mentioned on a guide to Dublin, we’ve been going here since 2004, it gets a nice crowd and has great vibe to the place while still feeling a bit rustic and old man style.  It’s located on the Victorian red bricked South Great Georges street.  We visited here after the parade last year and managed to get some seats after all our standing.  For directions, click here

Hogans pub Dublin


Market Bar

The Market Bar located on Fade Street and it also has an entrance through the Georges Street Arcade, an old Victorian Shopping market.  The Market Bar reminds me of a big German beer hall, with red brick walls and a wall of old clogs, this was our first port of call last year, it was busy with food orders and we got a drink while waiting for a table.  For directions, click here.

South Georges Arcade and The Market Bar



Located on Suffolk Street, just opposite St Andrew’s tourist centre and the new temporary home of the Molly Malone statue, O’Neill’s is a large pub which spans over two floors and has lots  of little nooks.  We visited this pub two years ago on St Patrick’s day and it was busy but you could still get a drink within 10 minutes and had some space to chat and drink with our friends.  There was a mix of Irish and tourists, in particular a lot of Americans college students who were all festively dressed up in green, putting us to shame! For directions, click here.

O'Neills pub Dublin



By 7pm  we headed to Mulligans on St Patrick’s day, meeting up with old friends who had emigrated and were home on a visit.  We got the room out the back with the big long table and got chatting to some Irish American’s, it was great, sort of felt like we were at  a friends house, sitting at their table, having the craic.  Mulligan’s is an authentic old man pub.  It is located off the South side of the quays, behind Tara dart station, on Poolbeg Street in Dublin 2, its across the street from the old 1970’s green facade office block that houses the Department of Health. For directions, click here

Mulligans on Poolbeg street


Doyle’s pub

Doyle’s pub is one of those pubs, I use to pass by regularly but never went into, we finally did about three years ago with some friends after seeing an Ireland match in the Aviva stadium, we’ve also visited after a game in Croke Park.  I always got the impression it was a real Dubliner’s pub and it is, which I love. Last St Patrick’s, we visited Doyle’s and we got chatting to two Dublin lads, who locked us into a huddle to sing that Paul McCarthy song Ebony and Ivory! Doyle’s pub is in a real central spot, only 2 minutes walk from O’Connell bridge and right behind Trinity college, located on College Street. For directions, click here.

Doyles pub on College Street


Gin Palace

We plan on visiting the Gin Palace this St Patrick’s day. This is a beautiful Victorian style pub, which has a prohibition era feel to the decor, with large bar lamps and an ornate wooden bar.  It’s located on Middle Abbey Street, the Luas passes by this pub and it also has a more modern entrance on Liffey Street. We visited here a few weeks ago and got chatting to an Anglo-Irish family who were in Dublin for the Ireland versus England rugby match. For directions, click here.

Gin Palace pub



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The Library Bar

This bar is well and truly hidden within The Central Hotel, which is located on Exchequer Street in Dublin 2.

Victorian era Dublin hotel
The Central hotel, Dublin

Usually hotel bars are located on the ground floor, within sight as you walk in the front door of the hotel. However, this little gem is pass reception, up two flights of stairs and to your left.

The bar is spread over three rooms and is usually quite busy whether it be at night or during the day .

No music or televisions here, just a quaint bar to have a few quiet drinks accompanied by a lovely warm fire.
This bar gets a nice mix of customers, young and old, shoppers, tourists and artists. The hotel building was built in 1887 and the bar looks and feels like a Victorian era library, complete with bookcases.

Victorian Bar Dublin
The Library Bar, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin

The Central hotel is only a few minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Grafton Street and just off South Great Georges street. Directions can be found here.


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Mary’s Bar and Hardware Shop

Located on Wicklow Street, Mary’s Bar and Hardware Shop is not the type of bar you would expect to find just off Grafton Street, Dublin’s busiest shopping street, and Brown Thomas as neighbours.

Bar Wicklow Street, Dublin
Mary’s Bar, Wicklow Street

Mary’s Bar is designed in the style of a traditional Irish pub from circa the 1970’s – the attention to detail is staggering – from the old style lino flooring to the various trinkets scattered throughout the bar.

As far as I know, they also sell a small selection of groceries and hardware but we didn’t buy any!

We were there on a Saturday evening and it was quite busy with a mix of tourists and Dubliners.

Definitely worth a visit for it’s quirkiness.

Interior of Mary's Bar and Hardware Shop, Wicklow Street, Dublin
Mary’s Bar interior



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Oktoberfest Dublin

I went along to Oktoberfest in George’s Dock in the IFSC on Friday evening after work with a few work colleagues. I’ve never been to it in Dublin before so I was looking forward to seeing what all the fuss was about.

I arrived there at 5.30 so I was there nice and early, before the queues (which tend to get ridiculous later on).

We went straight into the main tent to avoid the rain and get a drink. You have two options for beer: German Erdinger “Fischer’s Hell” or “Weizenbier” (wheatbeer) and can get either a pint or a stein (which has 2 pints in each one). The steins cost €12, so €6 a pint is quite expensive, even by Dublin standards.

Crowds in Oktoberfest tent
Crowds in Oktoberfest tent

In the tent there’s several rows of long tables and chairs, a stage and 2 bars. Some of the long tables were removed once the weather outside got bad and they need more standing space in there. This was a bit annoying for the people sitting at these tables closest to the entrances as they were the ones told to get up and had to stand for the rest of the night.

On the stage there was a German band that played German folk songs, thankfully they didn’t play for too long and eventually they just played your usual pub pop/dance songs.

Oktoberfest external view
Oktoberfest Dublin on George’s Dock in the IFSC

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Royal Oak Pub, Dublin

On our way back over to Heuston station, we passed by the Royal Oak pub. This pub is tucked away on a quite residential street on Kilmainham Lane, again this is a pub that I’d cycled passed on my way home from work and I’d noticed on Sunny evenings they’d be a nice crowd outside drinking, as the pub has a nice seating area/beer garden to the side of the pub.

Robinsons Pub
Royal Oak for Best Drinks

We wanted to watch the Arsenal game and popped our heads in, I didn’t think they would have the game on, thought its more of an old man pub with no Sky Sports, (in fairness to a lot of pubs, I wouldn’t blame them for not having Sky, as its very expensive) but I was pleasantly surprised, they had the game on and there was a young twenties/thirties crowd in watching it.

Seating area outside Royal Oak pub
Royal Oak pub on Kilmainham lane, outdoor seating area


This pub is old I believe it dates back to the 1850’s and has a lot of character which I like, its also darkly lit and has a good atmosphere.

Nice pub, if we lived closer we’d make this our local.


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The Patriot Inn

After our drink in Ryan’s pub, we decided to walk up to Kilmainham and have a drink in The Patriots Inn, its situated right across from Kilmainham Gaol and the Royal Hospital Kilmainham which houses the Irish Museum of Modern Art.  We decided on this pub, as I regularly cycle passed here on my way into work.

The Patriots Inn pub in Kilmainham, Dublin 8
The Patriots Inn pub in Kilmainham, Dublin 8



How to get to Patriots Inn

If you have a ticket for the sightseeing tour buses, when you get off at the Kilmainham Gaol stop, The Patriot’s Inn will be behind you on the corner, right on the junction.

Or like us, go to Heuston train station or get off the Luas Red line at the Heuston stop, then walk up pass the luas tram tracks up the hill/lane between the Guinness brewery and the large old yellow building (this is Dr. Steevans Hospital) and take the first right and walk down Bow lane which leads into Kilmainham lane for less than a kilometre.

Ryan’s Pub of Parkgate Street

After visiting Arbour Hill Cemetery, we went for a drink in Ryan’s pub of Parkgate street, it’s a really old Victorian pub, established in 1886.  It has a lovely old ornate wooden bar and old vintage tall lamps on the bar.

Ryan Pub on Parkgate Street, Dublin 7
Ryan Pub on Parkgate Street, Dublin 7


There are two private booths or Snugs on either side of the bar, these would have been where women would have drank, out of sight of the men.

Ornate wooden bar in Ryan's pub
Ornate wooden bar in Ryan’s pub


As the pub is now owned by F.X. Buckleys, a butchers, there are some nice old photos going up the stairs of butchers and butchers shops around Dublin.


Ryan's pub near the entrance to Phoenix Park
Ryan’s pub near the entrance to Phoenix Park

Sky sports, soccer played on two large TV’s but they don’t take over the bar.

Nice mix of a crowd, aged between thirties to sixties, more men than women on the Saturday afternoon we visited. Mix of tourists and others reading papers/watching soccer/having lunch. We really liked this bar, would come back again.



How to get to Ryan’s Pub

Take the Luas Red line from the city centre, then get off at the Museum stop.

Then walk parallel along the river Liffey, walk past the Aishling Hotel and about 300 metres from there you will see Ryan’s pub on the right hand side of Parkgate street.