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$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
45-47 Nassau Street
phone: +353 (0)1 677 4180
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2005)
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| Reviews: 17
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have frequented The Porterhouse for many years since being introduced to the world of craft beer. It is definitely a cornerstone of the craft beer scene here in Ireland. It is very centrally located on Nassau street which is just off Grafton Street. The bar begins upon entry and stretches right the way down just short of the food area. It's quite dimly lit with a couple of alcoves here and there and large pillars going right the way across the room. It's quite a typical Dublin bar interior.
On draft they boast an impressive selection of their own beers. Year round you will find 3 lagers (Hersbrucker, Templebrau, & Chiller), 3 stouts (Plain Porter, Oyster Stout, & Wrasslers Stout) a barleywine style ale (Brainblasta), an american style pale ale (Hop Head) and 1 cask ale (TSB). It is also worth mentioning that they have started to feature some of the beers I named above on cask from time to time also. Sample trays are available at a reasonable price. Good selection of bottles mainly from England, Belgium, & Germany. The usual suspects. There is also a number of US bottled beers available such as Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Sam Adams etc. Again nothing really unusual.
Service is generally quite good given the fact the bar is very large, however there have been a few times where I've stepped in for a pint mid afternoon when it was quite busy with just the one barman on. In terms of food there is a selection of burgers, pizzas, chicken wings, etc. Nothing fancy, just good substantial pub grub at very reasonable prices.
With all that good there has to be a few criticisms. First off I think they really need to do something with their bottled menu. It's way outdated. There are beers on it that you will not find there, and there are also allot of beers they are stocking that aren't on the menu. They have reprinted this menu again over the last few years with a new face, but the same list of beers. I know certain beers come and go particularly American beers which seem to come in spurts and can be once off's, but all it would take is a board above the bar listing what is in the fridges, this would avoid confusion and disappointment. This in a way goes hand in hand with the lack of real passion and knowledge of beer from staff. They are always helpful, but I've often started up a conversation with the barman about one beer or another only for it to be met with a blank expression! Also know this, this place gets busy! Sometimes ridiculously so especially on Friday & Saturday nights. Arriving after 8 is always a gamble as you could very well be standing most of the night cramped in to a corner somewhere. Music can also be very loud on such nights.
Overall a real must visit for craft beer lovers in Ireland, and those visiting Ireland alike. I think their stouts are absolutely fantastic, try all three! They have a little way to go in some respects, but given the large numbers of people pouring in here week in week out it's hard to have that personal touch that I like so much. It's hard to say too much bad about the Porterhouse. Go and drink!
03-02-2010 14:30:52 |
More by Graeme24
Nova Scotia (Canada)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Decent sized bar with a good number of tables. Dim lighting, dark wood, and the usual run of the mill for a pub. Staff are decent if unexceptional, and I never had to wait long for a beer. Great selection of their both own beers on tap and a large number of bottles from elsewhere, including a large number of real stars. Food was pretty good, but nothing to write home about. Music was loud for my taste and there are a number of TVs. It's a good spot to go for a few pints and watch the football, and their beer's the best in Dublin.
02-06-2010 05:22:36 |
More by Mandrake
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited this place during a weekend visit to Dublin. Went there for drinks my first two nights and then spent 6 hours there drinking beer and watching soccer on Sunday. The atmosphere is nice, but on Friday and Saturday night it was packed to the rafters. Finding a place to stand was hard enough, get there early if you want a table.
The beer list was great. They've got 9 regular house beers (the Plain Porter, Oyster Stout and TSB were outstanding) and a number of seasonals, as well as a pretty long beer list from all over the world (got to try my first Gueze and Framboise). The staff is attentive and knowledgeable enough, but when things get busy it's best to head to the bar yourself instead of waiting on the waitress.
Reading through some of the info available on the beer menu it was apparent that these guys are all about the beer. The menu gave a nice breakdown of all the different styles and origins of the beers they have available as well as info on their countries of origin. Also, they claim to use all organic products and a carbon neutral brewing process.
This is one of the best places for beer in Dublin.
05-26-2009 18:23:18 |
More by reddomino
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited the Porterhouse in March of 2009 while in Dublin. Located close to everything, within walking distance of the university, the tourist areas, and the few outdoor malls that Dublin has. Although it seemed to me everything was relatively close to everything as they pack everything together.
Once is side there are a variety of different areas to sit at. When you first walk in there is a long bar where all the taps and other drink options. There are a few stairs around to go up to a second and third level as well. Kind of cool having all these different levels where to sit and have a smaller area to see what is going on. We tried to get the corner area, on the second level that lets you look down on the street level, but it was taken. Instead we sat at a small area right behind the bar that was sort of between the first and second floor.
The place was not too crowded when we went but it was very difficult to order. I don't think it was our location (ie where we sat) either, as other people seemed to have to wait for a long while as well. The staff just seemed to be slow and really didn't care if people were waiting. We would have ordered food if we didn't think that it would take forever to order and actually get the food. Just a bad vibe overall.
As for the beers, they had 10 house beers on tap. 9 regulars and one seasonal. Although there were 3 distinct groups. They had 3 light lager beers (Chiller, Temple Brau, and Herbruckers), 3 ambers/pale (TSB, Red, Plain), and three stouts/porters (brainblasta (suppose to be a barleywine), XXXX stout, porter, and oyster stout). We tried a sampler so got to taste each one. I would say that for sure 2 were drain pours, 2 were close, 3 were eh, 2 were decent to good, and one was great (XXXX Stout). We ended up getting a few pints after the tasting as well, but had to order a few at one time.
Overall, a decent place. Not the best place in Dublin but at least they make their own beer, er, or should I say they ship in their own beer. Not bad for tourists, but if I was a local, it wouldn't be my first selection to go.
05-04-2009 17:04:30 |
More by Oxymoron
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I'd been looking for an excuse to investigate the newest of the Porterhouse Pubs and an upcoming gig in Dublin seemed like a perfect opportunity.
The bar is situated just off Graton street although I think it has an entrance on the far side of the bar also.
Coming through the doors you notice the long bar on the right hand side, lots of bar stools and cosy tables into the left.... I didn't really have time to explore the whole place but it it a very comfortable and warm place to have a pint.
On tap they had their usual lineup, Temple Brau, Chiller (why o' why), Oyster Stout, Plain Porter, Wrasslers XXXX, Hersbrucker Pils, Brainblasta, Porterhouse Red and the seasonal Weiss. They also had Paulaner, Erdinger and Fruli on tap. I also noticed a handpump further down the bar serving their TSB bitter, an Irish take on a english session beer for their opening of their Covent garden premises.
The bottled selection is less inspiring than the Temple Bar Porterhouse although they have a few interesting beers like Ockim Porter, Rochefort 8 and 10, Delerium Tremens, 3 Monts and Samichlaus. That said I also noticed a bottle of Deus and beside the Deus two copper kettle bottles of Sam Adams Utopias 2005. Fantastic to see such a rare and sought after beer in Dublin, it was selling for 120 which although is very expensive I've heard of higher prices before... I'm still trying to find a suitable occasion when I can splurge and celebrate by buying this :)
In the short time I was there I managed to sample the Plain Porter and the TSB on cask. The porter was full flavoured and very drinkable, the TSB was tasty and really hit the spot.
I'm planning to head back soon to explore this bar and the other bars further, I was quite impressed with this place.... definitely worth a visit if you are in Dublin.
07-05-2007 04:22:22 |
More by cypressbob
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I went to this Porterhouse for a session of drinking my last afternoon in Dublin. I liked this one more than the Temple Bar Porterhouse. Good crowd of people and it seemed less touristy than the other one. They had all the same beers as the Temple Bar place but more guest taps from what I noticed, but I wasn't looking too hard. Great bottle selection, better than the other, and the service was fantastic. More of a chill place with Irish music at night. Highly recommended for some session chilling.
03-14-2006 19:19:29 |
More by granger10
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Visited this new Porterhouse establishment on 18th November 2005 at about 5 in the evening.
This place is only opened a couple of months. It used to be "Judge Roy Beans" and before that it was a "Berni Inn". It has a small frontage, so you could walk past it without noticing it. It is a very big place however, and is beautifully decorated. They have nice wooden floorboards throughout. To me, it is a much more impressive venue than the other Dublin city centre Porterhouse.
The beer range however, falls short of what the other pub offers. A limited range of imports when compared. Much ahead of the usual Dublin pubs, but they themselves have set the standards!
I spoke with a staff member and I was told that they hope to expand the stock over the coming months, so I will have to revisit. One slightly disturbing note, was that they had Heineken on tap. Why do this when they have their own good brews?
Very nice pub.
Note: I think they have an entrance from Adam Court, Grafton Street also (opposite end to the Nassau Street end of the pub).
26.03.2007. Having visited this place a couple of times recently, I would add that it can be quite noisy, even on a Saturday afternoon with unnecessary thumping music on. The did have their Chocolate truffle stout on tap, though - very tasty!
11-21-2005 09:51:06 |
More by JohnfromDublin
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Porterhouse Central in Dublin, Ireland
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