In pretty much every city in the world, you’re going to run into people that will swear on their mother’s grave that this particular bar is the best in the world, and that you should not let anyone tell you otherwise. This is ever so true in Dublin, the mecca of fine pubery (yes, I made that word up, it’s now part of TheExpeditioner.com lexicon).
SMH has a run down of their 14 favorite pubs in different categories, from the pub with the best music (Whelan’s — see above — which I found to be true myself when I was there, just be ready for a bit of a hike), to the pub with the best view (Gravity Bar, which is also one of the most touristy given its location on top of the Guinness Storehouse, but it does offer unparalleled views of the city), and finally, to the city’s best literary bar (McDaids, name-dropped by Joyce and a favorite haunt for local writers).
To add my two cents to this list, for a chance to experience an authentic Dublin pub with zero chance of seeing any tourists, try the Ardee House, a tip I got from a local while wandering the streets on a Saturday afternoon there. Naturally, he told me it was the best in the world.
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