10 wonderfully old school pubs in Dublin for when you just want a 'quiet one'

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LAST WEEKEND, ONE of Dublin’s most beloved old-school pubs The Sackville Lounge closed its doors for the final time.

The pub’s closure marked the end of an era for many of its customers, but worry not — there are still tons of pubs out there to satiate your appetite for craic and pints.

1. The Long Hall, George’s Street

Not only does The Long Hall boast the most photogenic exterior of any pub in Dublin, but it also contains 250 years worth of history inside its doors. The perfect spot for a hot whiskey and chats. (Oh, and it’s Bruce Springsteen’s local, which surely counts for something.)

2. Leonard’s Corner, South Circular Road

Ah, Leonard’s Corner. The type of pub where the bartender says, “Sit down and I’ll bring the pints down to you.” A little beaut.

3. Slattery’s, Rathmines

Wade through the hipster cafés and health food shops — have you heard it’s getting a Fallon & Byrne — and you’ll find Slattery’s tucked away at the edge of the village. The perfect place for a proverbial quiet one.

4. Devitts, Camden Street

Trad sessions? Check. Carvery? You betcha. A good spot for chats and pints? 100%.

5. Hartigan’s, Leeson Street

Hartigan’s is known as ‘a country pub in the city’ and once you step inside, it immediately becomes clear why. With the requisite GAA memorabilia on the walls, auld lads at the counter and a no-frills smoking area, it’s a little slice of rural Ireland in the middle of the big smoke.

6. Cassidy’s, Camden Street

Fact: this writer enjoyed a pint in Cassidy’s before Christmas and witnessed the entire pub perform a spirited rendition of Christy Moore’s Ride On. It doesn’t get more Irish than that.

7. Walsh’s, Stoneybatter

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to pubs in Dublin 7, but you can’t go too far wrong with Walsh’s, a gem of a boozer in Stoneybatter.

8. Bowe’s, Fleet Street

Bowe’s has been operating as a pub in the city centre since the 19th century, so you could say they know a thing or two about running a bar. It’s got charm, it’s got characters and it’s got Victorian vibes. What more could you want?

9. Hacienda, Little Mary Street

Hacienda is a little oddity tucked away in the back streets of Dublin 7. You have to knock on the door to gain entry, but once you do, you’ll wonder how you ever drank anywhere else. It’s got a pool table, a dartboard, a jukebox and an insanely cramped smoking area. In other words, it’s a total one-off. Go, go, go.

10. Ryan’s, Parkgate Street

And of course, there’s Ryan’s, a Victorian-era pub that has held on to a great deal of its period charm. There are snugs galore, vintage clocks and gas lamps. They’ve also been known to serve a mean pint and oysters. How fancy!

And here are some others to knock off your bucket list…

  • Grogan’s, South William Street
  • Cobblestone, Smithfield
  • Fallon’s, The Coombe
  • The Swan, Aungier Street
  • Neary’s, Chatham Street
  • The Gravediggers, Glasnevin
  • The Royal Oak, Kilmainham
  • Toner’s, Baggot Street
  • Mulligans, Poolbeg Street
  • The Hut, Phibsboro
  • Kehoe’s, South Anne Street
  • J. O’Connell’s, South Richmond Street

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