We lived in Stoneybatter and loved our local pubs. We have put together a full list of our favorite pubs in Dublin. If you want a good pint of Guinness, look no further than the list below. We do not have any pictures of the pubs so you will just have to go and explore yourself!
We've ranked the Stoneybatter pubs, but the Temple Bar area has so much going on that it will be hard to rank those.
Stoneybatter Neighborhood (Luas Stop: Smithfield)
1. J. Walsh & Co - quickly became our favorite spot, great Guinness
2. The Belfry - go here for a gin and tonic, and they make pizza on the patio
3. L. Mulligan Grocer - great selection of craft beers, great food
4. The Cobblestone - can usually find a good trad session going on.
5. The Glimmer Man - Good space, outdoor beer garden
Once you complete the Stoneybatter crawl, walk 10 minutes southeast to:
The Brazen Head - oldest pub in Dublin!
From here, a 10-minute walk straight east along the Liffey will get you to Temple Bar.
Temple Bar Neighborhood (Luas Stop: Jervis)
The Stag's Head - We started going here often. Nice place: dark, cozy, and great Guinness
Kehoe's - just go, great Guinness
The Dawson Lounge - tiniest pub in Dublin, another one of our favorites
The Temple Bar - The "standard Dublin tourist destination", but also highly avoided by the locals.
The Long Hall - very long and very cozy
Grogan's - grandma's basement in the best way - get a toastie :)
McDaid's - small and cozy
O'Donoghue's - great alley, lots of snugs
Toner's - HUGE beer garden. Fun to watch Rugby, optimal if you're there for the Six Nations Rugby Tournament matches.
1. The Port House (William Street) - Tapas and Wine, great for groups near The Temple Bar, our favorite place
2. Mad Egg (Jervis Stop along Luas) - Awesome Chicken Sandwiches and Chips just north of Temple Bar (across the liffey)
3. The Ramen Bar (William Street) - Great Ramen near The Temple Bar
4. Il Vicoletto - Fine Italian in Temple Bar area
5. Hanley's Cornish Pasties - Grab'n Go Pasties near The Temple Bar (a must!)
Drinks Honorable Mention:
DAY TOUR (any order): Jameson Distillery - Guinness Storehouse - Teeling Distillery
Jameson, of course, is the most popular Irish Whiskey. The Distillery is very centrally located and steps from the Smithfield stop on the Luas. Jameson is more of a tourist destination (understandably).
The Guinness Tour is extremely popular. After the tour, you get to go up to the top of the Guinness Storehouse, the 7th floor, and get a panoramic view of Dublin. You'll also have the BEST pint of Guinness you'll ever have. Recommended tourist attraction.
Teeling Distillery is slightly off the beaten path, and therefore doesn't get much recognition in my opinion. They have the best whiskey in Dublin, and the Distillery is a pretty cool place. If you're into nice Whiskey, I'd choose this spot over Jameson.
Mix in a few pubs along the way and this would be an awesome day.