When a chill starts to creep into the air we start to hear the siren call of Dublin’s cosiest pubs. You know the ones we’re talking about: old-fashioned places with open fires, private alcoves and an all-pervasive sense of warmth.
With no sign of summer just yet, we advise you to retreat to one of our favourite establishments with your workmates for the next team bonding session.
1. THE LIBRARY BAR, EXCHEQUER STREET, DUBLIN 2
Make your way upstairs at the Central Hotel and you’ll find this cosy little bar where you’ll feel right at home. With its comfortable furniture, bookshelves and open fire, the atmosphere here is restful and inviting. Whether it’s a long chat or a quiet drink you’re after, you’ll love The Library Bar.
2. THE LONG STONE, TOWNSEND STREET, D2
Having been established way back in 1754, the root of The Long Stone’s longevity is plain to see: it’s ridiculously cosy. Pop in with friends to enjoy reasonably priced drinks, pub grub platters and a pool table while you hide away from the cold in the best way possible.
3. TONERS, BAGGOT STREET, D2
Toners belongs to a bygone era of unpretentious public houses that are becoming increasing rare — and increasingly more special.
It’s known for being a great spot for a post-work tipple, being an oasis of good cheer and warmth after a busy day.
4. KEHOES, SOUTH ANNE STREET, D2
Pubs don’t come more old school than Kehoes. It feels as though you’re in someone’s sprawling home, belonging to someone who’s especially hospitable and who possesses an unusually large selection of refreshments. Who wouldn’t want to visit a home like that?
5. THE RAG TRADER, DRURY STREET, D2
Taking its name from Drury Street’s history in textile manufacturing, the pub’s decor harks back to the days of the rag trade. This snug little bar is the perfect place to hide away when all you want is a good chat over a cheeky drink. It’s like stepping back to a simpler time in the city’s past.
6. MOTHER REILLY’S, UPPER RATHMINES ROAD, D6
With friendly staff and a vibrant atmosphere, you always feel welcome here. Pull up a stool by the fireplace and forget your woes among friends.
7. THE HOLE IN THE WALL, BLACKHORSE AVENUE, D7
This 400-year-old spot oozes history and charm. Located beside a small entrance to Phoenix Park, this long and winding pub is chocked full of ornate furniture and old-timey decorations which remind you of the building’s colourful history. We can confidently say that, after your first visit, this will be ranked among your favourite pubs in Dublin.