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[ 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: 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
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
The Porterhouse is three levels and has an isolated smoking area. The place where the bands play is unobtrusive to customers and they tend to book decent music. There aren't as many toilets as there ought to be; you're limited to just the two gender-different ones on the bottom floor, which fill up quickly.
Services is generally pretty good early in the evening with the exception of the Porterhouse-brew-only bar on the first level, where it is often difficult to get noticed by the barstaff because they cater more to the main bar on the same level.
The food I saw looked good, but I didn't have any.
The selection is plain amazing, especially when you consider what is available on draught. Even the Bierhaus in Galway can't compare (their selection is nice but is limited to bottles). If you want a 14% ABV Austrian beer or a 3.7% Irish beer, they've got that and everything in between.
Their menu is artfully decorated and sorts beer by country, with a separate section for wine and champagne.
The prices are the worst part. The porterhouse's own beers run from about 4.30 Euro to over 5, which is terrible considering the quality of most of them (Brainblasta being the notable exception, though I haven't had their seasonal offerings). They have a "beer of the day" which can be had for 4 euro, which is an alright deal, but I still feel terrible paying that when the Porterhouse in Galway offers Guinness for 3 Euro Monday through Friday.
All in all, the selection justifies the price if you are serious about your beer. Casual publicans are best off hunting down better prices.
11-08-2010 17:24:52 |
More by kojevergas
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
A large, bustling hall with lots of tables off to the sides. Everyone was preoccupied with the ManUnited vs. Liverpool match. There is a beer menu at every table, which runs down the most impressive selection I've seen in Ireland. Also lots of educational info provided in a fun, easy to browse beer guide. Food is great. I got a rare burger that was delicious. My girlfriend had Irish stew that was very big and pretty nice. Beers are great (especially the oyster stout) but it's a bit pricey. Worth a stop if you're sick of Guinness.
01-18-2011 18:40:05 |
More by DaveHS
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
If you're in Dublin, I'd definitely rec checking this place out. It's in a hopping area of town and is enormous in the sneaky Irish pub kinda way, where you just keep discovering more stairwells and more seating. The food was tasty, I had a burger and chips. They also have a nice selection of their brews and some guest brews as well. The oyster stout was lovely on tap. Also GREAT glassware! I ended up visiting this pub twice in the week I was in Dublin, and will surely return on my next trip.
12-07-2010 04:43:46 |
More by whiterascal
Nova Scotia (Canada)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Decent sized bar with a good number of tables. Dim lighting, dark wood, and the usual run of the mill for a pub. Staff are decent if unexceptional, and I never had to wait long for a beer. Great selection of their both own beers on tap and a large number of bottles from elsewhere, including a large number of real stars. Food was pretty good, but nothing to write home about. Music was loud for my taste and there are a number of TVs. It's a good spot to go for a few pints and watch the football, and their beer's the best in Dublin.
02-06-2010 05:22:36 |
More by Mandrake
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I went twice in the same night -- before and after a concert -- and the atmosphere was wildly different. From about 5-7PM, it was quite nice, a bit loud in spots, but quieter on the upper half (not actually up a flight of stairs, but up about three or four steps). Table service was sparse, but bar service was swift and very available. After the concert though (10:30-11:30) the pub turned into a club, and one could barely hear oneself think. Almost all the lights were off and people were screaming and dancing all over the floor.
The food was good, but not great. I had a smoked Mexican burger (bun, patty, guacamole, smoked bacon, and smoked cheese). The smoke cheese was VERY smoky, and the accompanying fries were chunky and warm, if underseasoned.
The selection, however, was grand. Not only were beers from more than a dozen countries represented (if only a token brew, like Brahma from Brazil), but Porterhouse offers about a dozen of their own concoctions. The US selections could have been better (mostly macrobrews) but offered a few niceties (Sierra Nevada, Goose Island IPA, et al.), while the Belgium selections were oddly heavy on lambics and fruit beers. All told, the range is perhaps unparalleled in Dublin.
Prices were fair, but still a bit dear. Still, a recommended stop for beer lovers in Ireland.
01-28-2011 00:24:54 |
More by AgentMunky
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
The Porterhouse in Dublin is a great place to grab a pint of craft beer in Ireland. The place is sort of dark with several stories to sit. We went to the second floor and were instantly greater by a waitress to get us beers.
After a while, the place became way too crowded and super loud, but I guess that'a going to happen anywhere on a weekend.
I would for sure recommend this to anybody that ever goes to Dublin.. The beer is good and a pretty cool bar.
05-30-2013 07:18:30 |
More by gtermi
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Right in the heart of Temple Bar, a block from the Lifey in downtown Dublin. We went for lunch and the place was pretty much deserted when we showed up, though a few other patrons had showed up by the time we finished. They scored pretty well on atmosphere in my book with the reasonably authentic pub decor and a massive collection of beer bottles on the walls, some of which were true antiques. They also had a bottle/draught menu that included a full two page explinination of why they hate Guinness and why you should too (which I thoroughly enjoyed and agreed with).
The beer itself was good. They had quite a bit on tap with something like ten house beers on tap. I had a sampler including the plain porter, Oyster stout, and Brainblasta, which made for a pretty pleasant lunch. All of the beers were served in good glassware and at appropriate temperature. The servers seemed to know the beer, though this is less impressive since it appears that they don't have much in the way of seasonal or rotating taps.
The food was good and pretty standard for a pub. I was getting tired of the local food and had a burger with Irish bacon. Unfortunately it didn't really remind me of a real American bacon cheese burger, but it was actually quite good for what it was.
This is, by any standard, a pretty high quality brewpub and considering the beer desert that most of Ireland represents, it is very much worth visiting on any trip to Dublin.
06-17-2010 04:57:25 |
More by nickfl
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