Fred's Top Picks

My 'Top Picks' are those pubs I always make an effort to visit when I am in Dublin.

Fred lives in Los Angeles but travels often to Dublin.. You can follow him on twitter as @fredwaltman or read his twitter feed below

Note that we regularly update what constitutes a top pick so places can be relegated from the list if their beer range dips or there are other significant changes.


Mostly Irish craft beer on tap with a few international beers (all decent). 13 relatively fixed taps and 11 rotating. New upstairs bar open 6pm Thur-Sat. Tasters flights available.


Restaurant and pub. Also has an extensive selection of Whiskey (and Whisky). Mostly Irish Craft beer but some quality imports and British Ales on cask.


The Black Sheep A Fred top pick  Full menu available. WiFi available Regularly has cask ale

Another Galway Brewery Pub. They have a good selection of guest beers as well as their own.


The Porterhouse A Fred top pick  Full menu available. Live Music WiFi available Regularly has cask ale

Ireland's first brewpub, now claiming to be the largest Irish owned brewery. Nightly live music. Usually about 10 of their beers plus 6-8 guest beers. Full menu.


Basement bar with mostly Irish craft beer.


Honorable Mention

These are pubs you should visit if you have time.

First Dublin pub of Galway Bay Brewery (sister pub to the newer Brew Dock and Black Sheep).


Sister pub to Against the Grain and The Black Sheep. Owned by Galway Bay Brewery but has a good selection of other beers.


Modern "Gastropub" with some interesting beers.


Four Provinces Pub  Fred Honorable Mention Live Music WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2019 Brewery tasting room, may have limited hours.

Taproom and pub for Four Provinces Brewing. Half the taps are their beers and half guests.


Neighborhood pub in the suburb of Dalkey. Surprising good selection of beer for an out of way place.


Cozy corner pub, sister to 57 The Headline.


Porterhouse Central  Fred Honorable Mention Full menu available. Live Music WiFi available Open 11am or earlier Regularly has cask ale

Second location of the Porterhouse Brewing Company. Across from Trinity College.


Rascals Tap Room  Fred Honorable Mention Full menu available. WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2018 Brewery tasting room, may have limited hours.

Tap room for the Rascals Brewery, Pizza available. In suburban Inchicore, it is easily reached by Dublin Bus or LUAS.


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