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The Bull & Castle

Not Rated.
The Bull & CastleThe Bull & Castle
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.89%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 60
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Christ Church
Dublin, 2
Ireland
phone: +353(0)1-4751122

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
The beer manu in the Bull & Castle has a decent list (of about 30 bottled beers) that are offered for off sale. The prices are comparable with other on street off licence stores.

(Place added by: JohnfromDublin on 01-02-2008)
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Photo of drperm
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%

August 2007 visit.
After Sunday morning services at St. Patrick's, we headed up the street towards Christ Church and the old city in order to find a good lunch spot. Right across the street from a corner of Christ Church we found the Bull & Castle Gastro Pub, and, without knowing a single thing about the place, thought we'd check it out. We ended up going back there for supper that night, and again the following night. It was just that good.

One of the many things that most impressed us about this place (in addition to having 7 rotating draughts and 57 bottles from all over the world, and, being an FXB restaurant, serving only local, free-range organic meats) was its offering of "gastro meals" -- any number of mouth-watering entree dishes paired with an appropriate beer, included in the price -- and a pretty reasonable price (for Dublin) at that! We were both so impressed to find a restaurant doing this sort of thing as a matter of course. And we definitely took advantage. We returned for dinner that night.

Food is impeccable: Lunch of boxty, potato wedges with roasted garlic cream cheese, and corn & chicken chowder paired up admirably with the Galway Hooker.
Dinner: Galway Hooker, which went right along with the spicy grilled chicken sandwich. I went for a haddock & chips (some of the best fish and chips I have ever had, bar none), which came with a Blarney Blonde, from the Franciscan Well Brewery, Cork City, Co. Cork.
The second night was just as good, if not better. The Missus ordered an amazing pork chop along with Krusovice (plus or minus a few random consonant markings) pilsner, straight from the Czech Republic, that went right along with her chops.
I departed from my normal routine and sprang for the roast beef (along with mushrooms, mashed potatoes, caramelized onions, Bishop's Finger gravy, and yorkshire pudding) which came with MacArdles, a nice amber-brown Mild Ale. It was an amazing pairing -- simple, straightforward, and solid.

drperm, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of bkett01
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%

Visited here during my May '08 trip to Dublin, and was impressed compared with other places in the area. The B&C offers a nice lineup of local craft beers, I enjoyed a couple of the Galway Hooker (Irish?) Pale Ales. These were a nice change of pace from all the Guinness.
They have tables on the sidewalk as well as a number of areas inside with table dining. The food was good and the prices were reasonable in comparison to other restaurants in the area. Definitely worth stopping into if you're in the city.

bkett01, May 17, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Visited here a couple of times while in Dublin for a few days in September 2007...

This place is made up to look like a German beer hall with lots of wooden tables and benches and is split in two with the downstairs being a gastropub and the upstairs being the beer hall...

Good selection of Irish craft brews on offer including Blarney Blonde and Galway hooker on tap... i also had a couple of bottles from the Árainn Mhór Brewing Company. The rest of the menu is made up from various Belgian, German and other European offerings along with one or two US brews (Goose Island, Sierra Nevada)..

My only issue with the beers was that they were served way too cold for my liking..

Had a plate of antipasto as well which was pretty tasty...

Overall this is a great addition to the pub scene in Dublin and is up there with the Porterhouse as a must visit...

mdagnew, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.22/5  rDev +1%

This place has become a haven for real beer drinkers in Dublin in its first year (2007). It was formerly The Castle Inn, but was purchased by FXBs who converted the downstairs part to a gastropub (combining beers with food), and converting the upstairs part into a large Beerhall. The beerhall is based on Bavarian beerhallen with solid wooden tables and bench seating.
They generally have interesting brews on tap, including Irish microbrews (from Franciscan Well, Galway Hooker, Carlow etc.), and balanced with imported brews. The beer from the tap is served in kleine (330 ml), helba (500ml), and stein (1L) sizes although O'Haras stout is served in pint glasses. They generally try to have the correct glasses for the bottled selection.

The extensive bottled beer menu lists many imports from UK/USA/Belgium/Germany such as Goose Island IPA, Sierra Nevada brews, Trappist ales, Black Sheep Ale etc.

They also offer a beer tasting for groups serving a half kleine of four different style beers on tap (Kolsch, Weizen, Pilsner, Pale Ale) at a reasonable price, to encourage people to experiment a little in a marketplace dominated by macro brews.

If you visit Dublin, then you must visit this place, even if it is just for a hour to try Blarney Blonde and Galway Hooker.

JohnfromDublin, Jan 07, 2008
The Bull & Castle in Dublin, Ireland
92 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.