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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 17
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
The first thing that strikes you is that they serve their own beer here, but also beer from other breweries, both on tap and in the bottle. The place is big and spacious, packed with breweriana, and a kicked firkin sitting on the bartop... very warm and comfortable pro-beer-geek atmosphere.
Quality- The place exuded quality here. They weren't big on appropriate glassware, but they made-up for it with the quality of their beer, the people, and the general vibe of the place. Their bartop firkin featured a liquid cooling jacket to keep the firkin at cellar temperature, which I found fascinating. Most importantly, their house beers were all top-quality and artisanal- something very rare to find in Ireland.
Good prompt service barside. Professional and courteous. Didn't get a lot of chit-chat from the bartender, which is fine. She did an above average job overall.
Occassional firkin beer, a good range of draft beers, and a very nice selection of bottles from around the world. This was probably the most diverse selection I came aross in all of Ireland.
03-25-2010 18:54:48 | More by jgasparine
4.13/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.5/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I went to this Porterhouse for a session of drinking my last afternoon in Dublin. I liked this one more than the Temple Bar Porterhouse. Good crowd of people and it seemed less touristy than the other one. They had all the same beers as the Temple Bar place but more guest taps from what I noticed, but I wasn't looking too hard. Great bottle selection, better than the other, and the service was fantastic. More of a chill place with Irish music at night. Highly recommended for some session chilling.
03-14-2006 19:19:29 | More by granger10
3.76/5 rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
3.29/5 rDev -19.6%
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
4/5 rDev -2.2%
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
4.16/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
This review is from some ancient tasting notes from 2008. I reviewed the oyster stout, and the wrasslers (while in the bar nonetheless) but forgot to rate the bar itself.
Like others have said, multi level seating and it seems like seats are crammed everywhere. I came here twice during my 2 night and 3 day stay in Dublin. Gets pretty busy at night, but luckily it's on the outside edge of Templebar, incase you don't like crowds like me and need a quick escape to the Liffey.
I was in Ireland during St. Patrick's day (honest coincidence). I was in Limerick A.K.A. Stab City during St. Patrick's day proper, and Dublin was my last stop a few days later. For some reason that I do not recall (and I can't be arsed to look at a calendar to figure it out) this place was closed on my last day in Dublin, as were most other bars. Like in observance of St. Patrick's day? I thought it was ironic that a bar in Ireland would be closed on St. Patty's day, and I was pretty pissed off because practically everything else was closed too. Had I known this beforehand, I probably would have spent an extra day in one of the other cities I went to.
12-04-2010 21:32:27 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
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
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Visited Porterhouse Central on my trip to Dublin. This is a crazy, hopping place that is really, really BIG. 4 or 5 stories with bars on all floors. There was a traditional/rock band playing on a stage floating somewhere between the second and third floor.
The place was absolutely packed. Even with all the floors, I had to vulture around and wait for a seat to clear, before my girlfriend and I could grab a seat. Forget about a waiter coming up, I went up to the bar to grab drinks and a menu.
I had a good portion of their house beers and was satisfied with most of them. Beers were served in the proper glassware at the right temperature and there was only one they had run out of (Celebration Stout). Pints were between 4.50 and 5.00. They also had an extensive bottle list of foreign and Irish beers.
Food was truly delicious. We ordered the porter pie and the sticky bangers. The pie was delicious and the bangers never seemed to end. Just great, great food. The prices were about average for Dublin: 6 sides and 11 mains.
I have to say, there is nothing to really complain about. This is everything you could want from a microbrewery. I fail to see how any night that involves the Porterhouse could be a bad one. This place just has too much positive energy to turn anyone off, and I really like how you can't get any macro stuff on tap (including Guinness). Highly recommended!
03-18-2011 15:54:02 | More by JohnnyChicago
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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
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Porterhouse Central in Dublin, Ireland
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