Few places on earth are as defined by bar culture as Dublin.
Stroll down any street and you’ll
pass dozens of drinking establishments, each offering its own personality and
idea of a good craic – Irish for a fun time. While many tourists never wander outside Temple Bar, the city is filled with local favorites that bring more to the stool than a well-pulled Guinness. Dublin pub crawls wend among 750-plus waypoints – we’ve distilled them down to a more manageable five that stand out on the scene. Sláinte!

  1. O’Donoghue’s: Home to Dublin’s premier jam session, this little pub packs out seven nights a week for traditional Irish music. An informal round of musicians – sometimes five, sometimes 15 – gathers, and the bodhran drums and fiddles start up around 9 pm on weekdays and Sundays after mass (15 Merrion Row).
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