The best finds are always in the least obvious places. Dare to step a little further from the well trodden path around the capital and you’ll find some absolute gems. Embrace your adventurous side by visiting one of these fabulous establishments this week…
Strawberry Hall, Strawberry Beds, Dublin 20
Make your way out to Chapelizod to experience traditional Irish craic agus ceol. Dating back to the 1800s, the Strawberry Hall is known for purveying perfect Guinness and its regular live music – blues every Monday and Sunday with trad music on Fridays. The owners even provides a free service where they will pick up a group of friends and transport them to and from their pub free of charge. Now that’s service.
The Blue Light, Barnacullia Road, Dublin 18
As you begin to climb the Dublin Mountains, you’ll find a charming rural pub known as The Blue Light. Guests are invited to bring instruments along and make themselves at home, making for scenes reminiscent of Ireland’s bygone past. With its homey feel and blazing hearth, it doesn’t take long before you fall in love with this place.
The Hole In The Wall, Black Horse Avenue
We’ve a serious soft spot for The Hole In The Wall and we really must insist that you pay it a visit. Located at a small side entrance to Phoenix Park, a leisurely weekend stroll among the deer is the perfect excuse to stop by this 400-year-old establishment. Boasting great food, friendly service and a tapas menu to die for (the wings are a must), more people need to know about this place.
Hacienda Bar, Little Mary Street, Dublin 7
This place is famously tricky to find, but we promise you it’s worth the effort. It looks unremarkable from the outside, but you’ll need to ring a doorbell and answer a few questions to gain entry — and all that exclusivity is what makes Hacienda Bar so damn enticing. Inside you’ll find a pool table, darts, classic 80s tunes and celebrities — because a serious amount of famous people love this place. You’ll have to find out why for yourself.
The Barbers, Lower Grangegorman Road
This spot is not only themed like a barber shop but you can actually get your hair cut here as well. The culmination of a lifelong dream of its owner, The Barbers is one of the most stylish spots in Stoneybatter, complete with ’40s era lights, brass fixtures and church pew seating. It’s also a great spot for live music and, on occasion, you might even catch a well-known face croning a few ditties for the punters.
The Gravediggers, Prospect Square
We said we’d take you off the beaten track but how about a quick tour of Glasnevin cemetery, a cemetery famous for its history, a resting place for many of Ireland’s most prominent national figures and The Gravediggers pub is right next door. This is as old school as it gets when it comes to Irish pubs. No music, no TVs, just simple, antique wooden furnishings where friends can come together and chat amongst themselves. There are two things The Gravediggers truly excels at: Guinness and coddle. Try them both ASAP.