The first pub we hit once we settled in our apartment in Smithfield Market was a nearby pub that appeared to be in an abandoned building. My first impression from the outside looking in; this place is open? The Cobblestone is a hidden gem away from the center of the city, but should certainly not be passed up. This place is the real deal, and seeing as most patrons were locals, we knew we were in the right place. There’s live, traditional music every night. When we arrived there was a six-man band playing; the passion in their eyes and movements was so captivating. The ensemble included an irish flute, bagpipes, guitar, violin, and an accordion. It was pretty packed inside, but the live music playing made nothing else matter. We loved hearing traditional Irish music and it was the perfect way to set the mood for our stay in Ireland.
If you’re looking to feast on traditional Irish food after a long day touring the city, check out O’Neill’s Bar located in the heart of Dublin (and across the street from the Tourism office). The pub has seating in various shaped rooms and bar areas so there’s a space for everyone. They feature a Carvery style and regular menu with traditional Irish food. The stew is to die for! We actually stopped here on two separate occasions because we couldn’t get enough of the Lamb Stew and Beef & Guinness Stew.
The Temple Bar area is one of the liveliest at night. It is surrounded by other pubs, but this is the one to be at. The entrance brings you into smaller bar, that opens into a large standing area that wraps around. The place was pretty packed and lively and for good reason. As we walked in, Pat was immediately caught by the attention of an acoustic performance of the Irish tune “Whiskey In The Jar.” We enjoyed a Guinness (or two) at Temple Bar before getting a feel for the rest of the night life Dublin had to offer.