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vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
My favorite spot in Dublin is a bit off the beaten path. Looking for something not quite in the middle of everything, but not quite completely out of touch with the heart of the city, my brother and I booked reservations at a B&B called O'Neill's, which was right across Pearse St from the back end of Trinity College.
The pub on the first floor is, obviously, owned by the same folks who ran the place where we stayed. So we hit it up for some pints a couple times. We visited a few others while we were in Dublin, but this was far and away my favorite. While the others tended to be overwhelmingly crowded with both locals and tourists, this particular O'Neill's (there are, of course, about 100 pubs in Dublin called O'Neill's) had just a small-ish number of friendly customers.
The interior was the classiest thing I'd ever seen. Beautiful all-wood furniture, booths, and dividers graced the entire place. The bar sort of bisects the the establishment, cutting it into two halves -- each facing out to a different street, as this spot is on a corner.
Great classic books that you're free to read line the shelves, and they had the local paper sitting out as well. While I probably only went to 6 places, the selection was the best I saw. Every place had one or two stouts, one light lager (generally Heineken or Bud) and *maybe* some other ale, like a Smithwicks or something else. This place had all those plus Kilkenny, a couple other lagers, and several other English and Irish ales. Probably around 10 beers on tap in total.
If I were to ever own a bar, the sheer classic appeal of this place would be my model. I can't say enough good things. And the B&B upstairs was great as well. Very friendly folks own and run all of it. If you're in Dublin doing the Trinity College tour or something, head about 3-5 blocks down Pearse St from the main entrance, away from Temple Bar and all that, and you'll spot O'Neill's on your left. Relax, grab the paper, have a few pints, and just soak it all in.
10-05-2003 15:48:02 | More by marburg
O'Neill's in Dublin, Ireland
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