Pub culture in Ireland is far, far more than just having a drink and at its centre is community and friendship. The Irish public house has been a place for social and community interaction for the people of Ireland for centuries. Pubs function not just as a place to enjoy a drink but as a place to meet friends and neighbours and even total strangers, to talk and to “banter” in a relaxed convivial atmosphere. Weddings, funerals, wakes, christenings, birthdays and many other feasts are celebrated in the Irish Pub.
Irish people have what is referred to as 'the local' which is the pub which they frequent on a regular basis. There is generally a very close informal relationship between “regulars” and the bar staff and, in many cases, and particularly so in country pubs, virtually all regular customers will know each other well. Pubs are the homes of social encounters, in which all social ranks come together.
Ireland produces some of the best Stouts, Ales, Beers and Whiskeys in the world and the nation is undergoing a revival in the craft traditions of brewing and distilling.
Many of Ireland’s great writers. James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan frequented the pub as a source of inspiration for their writing.
Traditional Irish Music Pub is a spontaneous feature in many Irish Pubs, where musicians of all kinds come together for sessions and where anyone who wants to can join in.... in fact many impromptu sessions have included visiting world renowned as well as less well known musicians and singers.
This spontaneous music is usually free of charge and many pub owners pay thirsty musicians in kind with free drinks. Many of our guests return from a trip to Ireland, with a memorable tune. When someone invites you to an Irish pub, it is common practice for them to purchase the first drinks. But, you should order the next order before others finish their drinks in order to keep in the spirit.
The Irish Pub (many of which now serve food as well as drink) is still the number one attraction for visitors to Ireland.
“There he comes your alter ego
Past the Waterloo and Searson’s
With a silly gaping mouth
Sucking smiles from every slut,
Sure that this is Heaven’s high manna –
God is good to Patrick Kavanagh,
Building like a rejected lover
Dust into an ivory tower” – Patrick Kavanagh
Famous Local Pubs to Kavanagh’s Mews frequented by Patrick Kavanagh include: Searsons and The Waterloo (both on Upper Baggot Street) Opening Hours - Mon – Thurs: 9:00 am – 12:30 am; Fri – Sat: 9:00 am – 2:30 am; Sun: 9:00 am – 12:30 am.
Donoghues (with traditional music – 15 Merrion Row), Doheny and Nesbitt’s (5 Baggot Street Lower - Opening Hours: Monday 9 am - 11.30 pm; Tuesday 9 am – Midnight; Wednesday 9 am - 00.30 am; Thursday 9 am - 00.30 am; Friday 9 am - 02.00 am; Saturday 9 am - 02.00 am; Sunday Noon - 11.00 pm.), The Dawson Lounge (Ireland’s smallest pub – 25 Dawson Street), The Brazen Head (Ireland’s oldest pub with live music every night - 20 Bridge Street Lower, Dublin 8), the Gravity Bar (at the top pf the Guinness Storehouse), Guinness’ Open Gate Brewery Pub (next gate on the left after the main St James’ Gate on your left) serving experimental craft beers - only open certain nights – currently Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays5.30pm – 10.30pm – last entry 9.30pm and last orders at 10.00pm.