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Great pubs in the St Stephen's Green area

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Great pubs in the St Stephen's Green area

I'm wondering if anyone has some recommendations for a good/ fun pub within easy walking distance of St. Stephen's Green. I will be taking my 23 year old nephew to Dublin in mid-december, so I'm looking for a place that might be fun for him, but that wouldn't drive me crazy(er). Any ideas ?

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1. Re: Great pubs in the St Stephen's Green area

There are tons of Pubs in the St. Stephen's Green area from Grafton St. all the way to the Liffey.

A 23 year old might like to have dinner at Captain Americas; not so much a Pub as an eating place but the Rock Memorabilia is really interesting. http://www.captainamericas.com

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2. Re: Great pubs in the St Stephen's Green area

I would also suggest Captain America's or TGI Friday's (www.Fridays.ie). Both serve great food, drinks and have a great atmosphere for both young people and families alike! If you would prefer a traditional irish pub with a cosy interior and a good mix of people then Doyles, near Trinity College is a great option (www.doylesintown.com) that both of you would enjoy!

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3. Re: Great pubs in the St Stephen's Green area

There are a few very cool bars on Dawson Street, just off Stephens Green- they are very plush: Sam Sara, Ron Blacks, Cafe En Seine.

More traditional, but fun local bars close to Stephens Green are Keoghs (on Ann Street South, off Grafton Street), Nearys (Chatham Street, again off Grafton Street) and I have a soft spot for Bruxelles, which is close to the Westbury Hotel, again off grafton street. All are close to Stephens Green

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4. Re: Great pubs in the St Stephen's Green area

I personally like Keoghs and McDaid's both just off Grafton Street very traditional irish bars but most pubs around the area are ok. All the pubs on Dawson Street are very busy and expensive so I would give them a miss. On a foot note every pub in Dublin will be 5 deep at the bar in december so be ready.

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if you want a traditional type pub try O'Donoghues on Merrion Row http://www.odonoghues.ie/(just off the north side of Stephens green - past the Shelbourne hotel keep walking and its on the left) Be warned, it is always packed but you get a good pint and its not too expensive.

You could also try the hairy lemon http://www.dublinpubs.ie/pub.asp?id=289 (go behind st. Stephens green centre past the gaiety theatre) or if you take the right just after this and then a left you get to Market Bar http://www.marketbar.ie/- really nice - no music or TV's and they do really good food.

Another place you could try is UKI YO Bar on Exchequer Street http://www.ukiyobar.com/ - its a karaoke bar and you can rent your own private room wher you can sing to your hearts content.

Enoy your stay!

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6. Re: Great pubs in the St Stephen's Green area

wow ! lots of great ideas and tips. Thanks to all. I can't wait to make the trip - though that nasty bit about 5 deep at the bar concerns me a little - the nephew will be doing a lot of lining up to get his uncle a drink.

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7. Re: Great pubs in the St Stephen's Green area

Hi, I agree with most of the above on pubs - but a few more suggestions:

'The Duke' on Duke St (off Grafton St) is a good traditional pub & tends not to be as packed as some of the other. Gread traditional music on a Sunday Night.

To see 'trendy' Dublin try 'The Baily' on South Anne St (off Grafton St) & Coocoon (part owned by Eddie Irvine).

If you fancy something different a new upmarket casino has opened called the "Sporting Emporium" - just off Grafton St. Just bring your passprot to get in!

'The Porter House' at the bottom of Grafton St (near Molloy Malone statue) serves some good beer & food.

For a 'Rocker/Biker' experience try 'Bruxelles' beside the Westbury Hotel.

Regarding food, I don't agree with the other posts. Captain Americas & TGI Fridays are 'burger joint' that serve beer! There is much better to be had in Dublin. There are a number of good restaurants in the Merrion Row are (about a 5 min walk from Stephens Green). Try the following:

Bang Cafe http://www.bangrestaurant.com/

The Rubicon www.rubiconrestaurant.net/

The Unicorn ireland-guide.com/establishment/unicorn_rest…

FXB's http://www.fxb.ie/ - great Steak

On the north side Talbot 101 on Talbot is weel worth a visit for a home-cooked meal - be sure to book! http://www.101talbot.com/

I would stay away from Temple Bar if you a looking for a nice meal - tends to be very touristy with inflated prices.

Hope you enjoy your trip!


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8. Re: Great pubs in the St Stephen's Green area

I would also like to recommend the PorterHouse Pub which is on Nassau Street, just along the road from Molly Malone.

This might be of particular interest to your nephew as they are a micro brewery and brew all their own beers of which there are 10, so you won't find Guinness in there.

The foods good as well.

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9. Re: Great pubs in the St Stephen's Green area

As a former bartender both in Dublin and the States, I can give you a few tips on how to make the '5 deep' issue a little less painful.

- Have your money out, in plain view of the bartender at the bar so they know you're good to go and you should know what you're going to order.

I don't know how many times I have been in a mad hurry trying to get drinks made and someone who has spent the past 10 mins waiting suddenly turns to their friends to see what they want to drink. I couldn't slow down, so I'd have to move on to a person who's ready and then they'd get upset. Or they spend ages rummaging through their purses or wallets for the money once the order's up.

-Make your orders simple.

In a crazy busy place, it's really no time to ask for a complicated drink. You probably won't get what you wanted or it'll be made poorly. Try and stick to beer, wine, or a cocktail like a vodka & coke.

-A Euro can make all the difference.

Generally Irish bartenders don't get tips. This is a personal choice but I've found if I put a Euro in their hands on the first round, I get my next rounds MUCH faster. You can always say "1 for yourself for when your done".

-NEVER yell, wave or call out. (Not that I think you'd do that, it's just a good rule of thumb)

If you do, it's a great way to get completely ignored.

-If you catch the bartenders eye, smile, maybe look sympathetic for them. Say "hello".

Most bartenders will feel that you're being cool and understanding for the fact that they're busy and get to you faster. Seeing a friendly face in crowd sometimes really helps! ;-)

Hope this is helpful. You'll have a great time in Dublin whereever you go. You've gotten some fab pub suggestions already. Cheers! (*clink*)

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10. Re: Great pubs in the St Stephen's Green area

The original Porterhouse is on Parliament St on the edge of Temple Bar.