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John Benny's Pub

Both of us ( John Benny and Éilís) are musical and have met most of our friends through music, and continue to do so. We encourage guests to have a go at a song or a tune, so, though we ...

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The White House Bar & Restaurant

In this stunningly refurbished venue, we pride ourselves in offering great food, great drink and great service. We serve Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch. Looking for a coffee and scone? You’ll find our coffee and freshly home baked ...

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The Bleeding Horse

Our Entertainment Thursday - The Band Of Moonlight Love live music every Thursday ... 10pm - late Funky Feel Good Fridays Friday & Saturday - G.I.R. (Glamorous Indie Rock) we play an eclectic mix of indie, rock, electro pop, 80's (good 80's), britpop, ...

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The Long Hall Pub

‘A Delight to the Senses’ Linger awhile and study your surroundings here! Observe how the fabulous Victorian fittings are sumptuously carved and notice how the counter is dressed with brass trim. View how the pub is punctuated by exquisite partitions off ...

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Albert Lynch's Pub

THE BUILDING HOUSING ALBERT LYNCH' S was originally part of a Church of Ireland school for the Cloyne diocese. After the diocesan college closed, local landlord Sir Denham J. Norreys of Mallow Castle bought the buiding and then leased it to ...

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Kytelers Inn Kilkenny

With a history dating back to 1263, Kytelers Inn, in the heart of the Mediaeval City of Kilkenny, combines a rich heritage with 21st century amenities and service. Since it was first established by the notorious Dame Alice de Kyteler in ...

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Larkins Bar

At Larkins Music Pub, we host Traditional Irish Music sessions that can be enjoyed weekly.They are performed by a wide variety of gifted musicians, with some wonderful Irish dancing on display. We also host other live music sessions to suit ...

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Vaughans Pub

The pub is homely, with 2 open fires in the bar and a garden set up with tables at the back. Traditional Irish menus are served all day (seafood chowder, bacon & cabbage, beef & Guinness stew) and are based ...

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Hole In The Wall Pub

The Hole in the Wall is named after a tradition which existed here for around 100 years, which is the practice of serving drinks through a hole in the wall. British soldiers who were forbidden to leave the Phoenix Park ...

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The Duke Pub

The Duke Pub

Try a mid morning walk around St Stephens Green, and then go shopping on Grafton Street. Then it's time to relax in the wonderful surroundings of the Duke Pub on Duke Street where you can enjoy a wonderful lunch and ...

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The Brian Boru Pub.

The Brian Boru Pub.

TAKE A TRIP TO THE WONDERFUL BOTANIC GARDENS IN GLASNEVIN, OR VISIT THE HISTORICAL GLASNEVIN CEMETRY. Then relax in the wonderful surrounds of the BRIAN BORU PUB . The Brian Boru has an excellent reputation for top class food and drink.  

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Kate Kearneys Cottage

Kate Kearneys Cottage

Take one of the most beautiful drives of your life from Killarney through the gap of Dunloe . Then Make sure to stop off at Kate Kearneys for a great traditional Lunch 

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Gibneys of Malahide

Gibneys of Malahide

Are you looking for a great Village to visit while staying in Dublin? Then go to Malahide and pop into Gibneys for a fantastic atmosphere day or night. Sure you might as well have a pint!!!

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The Ferryman Inn

The Ferryman Inn

Have you had a long day in the Convention Centre. Then pop across the bridge and have a relaxing pint in the Ferryman Pub

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Mc Daids Pub

McDaid's is a classic, traditional Dublin pub situated on Harry Street just off Grafton Street and across from the Westbury Hotel.

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I am a drinker with a writing problem’…the words of one infamous McDaids patron, Brendan Behan, and if ever there was a quote to raise an ironic smile then this was it. McDaids is now considered one of the most iconic Literary Pubs of Dublin not least thanks to Brendan, but it wasn’t always so. In fact McDaids only became established as a true haunt for literary types after John Ryan, editor of the now defunct, Envoy magazine, began to attract all manner of writers and journalists here back in the late 1930’s.

The building that houses McDaids can be traced back to the late 18th century and is reputed to have housed the City Morgue. It took on it’s more ecclesiastical features when it was taken over by the Moravian Brothers some time later. They developed the practice of standing their corpses in a vertical position and it’s suggested this may be the reason for the very high ceilings in the pub. It went through a litany of owners and was known as William Daly’s Bar before John McDaid purchased the pub in 1936. Paddy O’Brien, one of the most famous bartenders, not just in McDaids, but in the whole of Dublin, worked here from 1937 until 1972, and was quoted as saying that ‘Davy Byrnes was the one truly literary pub back then, McDaids in fact was nothing at all. It was a dreadful place, just an ordinary pub with snugs, stained glass partitions, spittoons and sawdust’ John Ryan was equally harsh in his assessment saying that McDaids was a dowdy little pub, the plainest possible but that was one of the things I liked. 90% of people were working class” Thanks to some well intentioned advice to the owner from Paddy, the interior was torn out, the place brightened up a bit and thanks to a little help from Mr Ryan, the rest as they say is history.

Many literary greats have frequented here over the years but the 50’s and 60’s were the decades when the pub truly established it’s now famous reputation. Brendan Behan, Paddy Kavanagh, Brian O’Nolan, Austin Clarke, Anthony Cronin, J.P. Donleavy and Liam O’Flaherty are just a handful of the famous writers that have graced the floors, quenched their thirsts and sought their inspiration in McDaids over the years and some of their portraits adorn the walls and look down now, perhaps in judgement, of the rather more sedate clientele that drink here these days.

In the early 1980’s the bar was relocated from left as you walk in, to it’s now familiar position on the right. Whether that was to confuse patrons into not knowing whether they were coming or going, one can only summise.

Whilst the walls may not be able to tell any stories from the bygone days, the latest generation of bartenders in McDaids are equally skilled in pouring pints of the black stuff and well versed in the history of this quite magnificent pub. So why not pop in, have a chat, a pint or two of Porter, and get a feel of what inspired those literary greats.

Favourite Quotations
‘I only drink on two occasions….when I’m thirsty and when I’m not’ (Brendan Behan 1923-1964)

‘All the World’s a stage and most of us are desperatly unrehearsed’ (Sean O’Casey 1880 – 1964)

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Phone: (01) 679 4395
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Website: www.mcdaidspub.com
Opening Hours:
Monday Thursday
Friday Saturday
Sunday 12.30pm

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