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'Drinkable for under a fiver': Dublin By Pub's tongue-in-cheek Instagram reviews

The only guide you need to Dublin’s watering holes.

Image: Instagram/Dublin By Pub

THE IS NO Irish institution comparable to the pub, but if you’re new to Ireland’s capital city, the choice can be overwhelming.

Dublin By Pub is an insightful guide offering concise reviews on Instagram of the capital’s diverse watering-holes.

It was set up by three anonymous friends with a “shared interest of exploring uncharted boozers” five years ago. Speaking to, one-third of Dublin By Pub explained how things got started.

“We found that our memories weren’t a sufficient resource when it came to cataloging our efforts as we started out in 2016– so we thought an image and a few words on each pub would be the way to go. Instagram seemed to be a natural home for that format.”

Here are twelve beloved haunts featured on Dublin By Pub to date.

1. Fallon’s, The Coombe

“Visually the pub could not be mistaken for any other type than that of the Irish variety. Eyes that enjoy the sight of a good traditional pub will light up upon entry. The floor is unvarnished, un-sanded and scuffed to perfection.”

2. The Swan, Aungier Street

“The Swan as it turned out was the best possible pub to arrive into from a rainy November night. Another Victorian gem with all the furniture and fixings one should expect from a Victorian spot.”

3. Molloy’s, Talbot Street

“Pint wise, everything was spot on – creamy, well poured and in the older style glass (the grail). Being thorough, I sank a few to verify the first wasn’t a fluke.”

4. Mulligan’s, Poolbeg Street

“One could argue that Mulligans is the quintessential Dublin boozer, namechecked by Joyce in Dubliners and frequented by the legendary folk group The Dubliners from time to time, it undoubtedly is a pub of great history and lore.”

5. John J. Hanlon, Hanlon’s Corner, Stoneybatter

“The pint was grand; drinkable and well under a fiver. We ordered a cordial at no charge too which deserves an honourable mention. The locals were of good character, I’d a bit of an earwig on a few lads debating over what year Dublin Bus introduced power steering and it was like listening to some sort of unearthed Sean O’Casey text.”

6. O’Reilly’s, Tara Street Startion

“O Reilly’s is a controversial one here at DBP. I dare say that there are little or no other pubs in the city that polarise the opinions of myself and Pintman № 2 quite like O Reilly’s does.”

7. McNeill’s, Capel Street

“…To dimmed McNeills we head and sit around a roaring fire with a few pints of stout telling stories till the wee hours. I didn’t make it to work the next day.”

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8. Hacienda, Arran Street East, Smithfield

“The decor isn’t traditional, there are no Aran jumpers or little Mary statues. Quirky knick-knacks sparsely litter the space and crowd the bar while the walls are decorated with images of some of the better known visitors to the pub.”

9. O’Neills, Pearse Street

“O’Neill’s on a busy after work evening, dimly lit and rammed enough. The pub is a postcard perfect picture of a Victorian scene.”

10. The Auld Triangle, Dorset Street

“The Auld Triangle, unpolished and all that it is, is a fine shop to run into some mad characters. It’s worth dropping in to now and again.”

11. Glynn’s/The Wellington, Dorset Street

“The pints as I remember them were good. The locals were mighty craic and the staff were nothing short of legendary.”

12. The Lord Edward, Christchurch Place

“We resumed our laughter as he finally exited for a smoke and having remarked amongst ourselves that people would pay good money to see such a scene in The Abbey or The Gate, we continued laughing well beyond the time the man had returned.”

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