5 places to enjoy some pub grub in Dublin
1) The Bull & Castle Bar
You can’t go wrong with a good ol’ American style bar and restaurant. Bull and Castle’s meat is supplied by their own butchers: F.X. Buckley, which is a brand unto itself. They have an excellent reputation for their dedication to their craft and the resulting tenderness and marbling in every slab of beef. There’s also a full bar to compliment every dish.
2) The Old Spot
Highly recommended in the Michelin ‘Eating out in Pubs’ Guide of 2016 and 2017, this is so good it feels just like very fine dining... with a bar attached. It’s elegant and rustic. It’s beers and beef if you like. It’s seabass, cheeseboard and cocktails if you like. Either way, this is an exceptional gastropub.
3) The Chop House
The Chop House, another award-winning gastropub, has only one thing on its mind and that’s the best possible beef it can source. It is a very relaxed place with soft leather sofas and lots of windows spilling slats of daylight across the wooden floors and bar stools. The menu is exemplary and reads, and tastes, like a Michelinstarred attraction.
4) The Market Bar
It looks like a giant German beer hall at first glance, but it is in fact a very popular spot for some of the best drinking and tapas in the city, with plenty of glutenfree options. Try the patatas bravas, the enormous portions of nachos, the chicken and chorizo skewers or the calamari, and wash it all down with some delicious cava or sangria.
5) L.Mulligan. Grocer
Away from the fancy gastropubs now and back to what resembles your everyday Irish bar. Simply put, at L.Mulligan. Grocer, the basics are just very well executed. It’s a homely and comfortable place, there’s a huge variety of drinks and the food menu is always evolving. Try the black pudding Scotch egg and the lamb burger if you can. Sensational.
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