With Dublin being home to almost 1,000 pubs, finding the best watering hole in Ireland’s capital can prove a tall (as well as an infinitely divisive) order. To add to the problem, the modern-day Irish pub is fast-changing. Set foot in a Dublin pub nowadays and you’re just as likely to see a local downing an Irish craft beer with a pulled pork baguette than opting for a pint of the black stuff and a basket of chips.
“We’ve definitely seen changes” esaysplains, John Geraghty, founder of Dublin’s Publin app, which enables user to track their way towards the best pub deals in town. “We’re now seeing those big local shifts kicking off towards the likes of Irish craft beers and independent whiskey labels while there’s a huge move towards food in Dublin’s pubs too.” So which are the in-spots? Amid the stiff competition, we took to Dublin’s cobbles to come up with ten of Fair City’s finest pubs.