DUBLIN -- There are many ways to explore the pub scene in Dublin,
ranging from the stay-close-to-the-hotel, find-the-music or
I opted for the last approach, asking locals whose knowledge of
the nuances of pub atmosphere bordered on encyclopedic.
Here are a few worthy of being singled out:Located on the lower level in the Merrion hotel, the Cellar bar
is situated under 18th century vaulted ceilings.
Patrons can have lunch in the bar, sampling local produce along
with smoked salmon, oysters and mussels.O'Donoghues on Merrion Row off St. Stephen's Green is a famous,
somewhat tiny pub where locals and tourists can enjoy traditional
Irish music over a pint.Doheny & Nesbits on Lower Baggot Street attracts the
professional set, especially on weekends.
I loved the beautifully ornate ceilings and the friendly
atmosphere.The Brazen Head, an 800-year-old establishment built on an
ancient Viking inn, is Dublin's oldest pub. It is located on Bridge
Street and can be found on the Web at www.brazenhead.com.Johnnie Fox's Pub, located outside of town in the Dublin
Mountains at Glencullen -- about a half-hour cab ride from town --
offers an irresistibly corny blend of great seafood, generous
drinks and entertainment in the form of a quartet belting out
standard Irish ballads.
The quartet makes a show of taking requests, which they will
play as long as the song is one they were going to play anyway.
Make no mistake -- this is a tourist magnet, although during my
October visit, at least half of the patrons seemed to be
Also on the entertainment bill is a group of Irish step dancers
whose Las Vegas style was a turnoff to our group but seemed to
amuse the rest of the audience.
Groups are welcome, and reservations are recommended. The Web
site is at www.johnniefoxs.com.