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The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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The Porterhouse Brewing CompanyThe Porterhouse Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.56/5
Based on:
17 Beers
583 Reviews
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 31
Visits: 39
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

Unit 6D
Rosemount, Park Road, Ballycoolin,
Dublin, 15
Ireland
phone: +353(0)1-8227415

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The Porterhouse brewery is located in an Industrial Estate in North County Dublin, and supplies their outlets in Parliament Street, Nassau Street, and Glasnevin, Dublin, their outlet in Bray, Co. Wicklow and the Porterhouse, Covent Garden, London, UK.
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Reviews: 31 | Visits: 39
Reviews by John:
Photo of John
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

After a week of mediocre nitro-poured beers in Waterford (the same 6 or 8 in every bar), I was stoked for The Porterhouse in Dublin. We were in Dublin for a short time only but this place was a must visit for me. So after visiting some of the obligatory sites, we ventured on over to The Porterhouse. Once inside, we found quite an attractive, quasi-modern joint. There was plenty of wood and brass about, breweriana adorning the walls and Champions League footy on the tele. Even with the multi-level arrangement, there were still no seats available for our party of three. Luckily, we were offered to share a long table with some locals. Once seated, it was difficult to get the attention of the wait staff. We were basically ignored until we made our presence known. Even after that the waitress was indifferent at best. I ordered the ales sampler, which consisted of the Red, TSB and Brain Blasta. Finally I would have some decent beer! Beers were not stellar by any stretch but decent enough and far superior to anything else drunk while in Ireland. After the sampler, I settled into the TSB followed by the Oyster Stout, which was quite tasty. A late lunch was then had where the food was good. Our waitress balked at giving me the onion gravy AND the beer mustard sauce on the side for me bangers. “I cannot give you both” she complained. Whatever. They had several house brews on offer and quite an extensive selection of bottles, many of which were on display behind a showy glass case on the wall. We did not order any bottled brews so I don’t know how many of them they actually stock. Even though our service was shite, overall the experience was pleasant enough and the beers good. I would definitely visit again.

Visited 16-April-2005 (1,754 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of jshusc
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Large menu, with some decent offerings including some american craft (Founders, Brooklyn, Lagunitas). Good food and a good number of beer on taps. Offers flights for sampling. (175 characters)

Photo of TBonez477
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of BoljaBoy52
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

My friends and I stumbled upon this place while visiting Dublin, and it was quite a treat. We were able to try all their beers, and they were all incredible. The atmosphere was really cool too. Multi-level, multi-bar restaurant with seating all over. The food was basic pub fare done extremely well. Highly recommend to anyone in Dublin! (337 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of msanborn
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Four stories of seating, live music, impressive collection of bottles on show all over the place. Nice place to go out. I went with a large group and our orders were all correct and quickly filled. I ordered wings to share with a buddy and they were great quality. On to the more important stuff; the beer high quality and abundant. Their Oyster stout is fantastic and a prime representation of the Irish Dry Stout. If you aren't in the mood to try something new, they've got a bottle list longer than any I've seen in Ireland with stuff from the States and all over Europe. Not bad pricing either. I would highly recommend stopping in here to anyone in Dublin. (661 characters)

Photo of Beerstorian
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

We visited here in April 2012 while on a tour of UKoGBaNI and Ireland. After a long ferry ride we dragged the kids to Porterhouse to have a few beers. It was kid-friendlier than most places we visited, and had no problem accommodating the wee ones.

Good beer. I had a sampler and tried most everything. We had standard pub food, which was standard. If you're a tourist visiting the area with family, I'd recommend this. If you're looking for a local experience, look elsewhere. (479 characters)

Photo of mtbdonn
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A great craft beer local in Dublin, and one of the best. A great range of brews from unique IPAs to stouts!
A-Great Irish theme, excellent Irish enviroment, and craft bar essence in the tourist district of Temple Bar. I went during the Olympics and Irish
Q-BEST BEERS IN IRELAND! Freak'n excellent!
S-Top notch! Very knowledgeable, provide great insight and recommendations into brews.
S-Numerous ales, lagers, & stouts on tap. Ask for a bottle of their barrel-aged imperial stout - best thing an Irish brewer has ever done; they do not advertise!
F-Food is excellent! Try the Irish cuisine!
V-Prices on the Slightly on the high side due to location in the tourist district!
Better than the overrated Temple Bar and a Guiness! (729 characters)

Photo of ottovon
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a really cool place right outside all of the shopping and temple bar area. it is 3 or 4 stories high. staircases twist and turn and seating areas appear out of nowhere sometimes.

the food was really good, and i really enjoyed the beer. there was a lot of beers on tap, i dont remember how many, but i think it was close to 15 - 20. they have a lot of their own brews, and i really enjoyed them. they are importing them now as well. we went back in 2009 and they werent importing yet.

it is a good place to go to get something different as far as beer is concerned than most of the places in town.

i would definitely go back here next time we go to dublin. (669 characters)

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.23/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

With 4 levels, a very popular place, gets quite crowded early. Visited on 2 separate occasions & both times it was very crowded. Bottles from everywhere decorate the walls. Only beer on tap is what they brew, about 8 or 9 of their own, including 3 or 4 different stouts. So don't expect to get a pint of the one from St James Gate here. Probably the only place in all of Ireland that doesn't have Guinness on tap. A great bottle selection from around the world as well. They also have a cask selection, which I was told is the only place in Ireland that has cask. Must have something to do with not adapting those English traditions. Had two of their stouts, Oyster (which they add shucked oysters to at the
fermentation stage) and 4X stout. Oyster was like your traditional Irish stout but a little more flavorful, due to the oysters. The 4X was more like an American stout, more complex and flavorful. Also sampled the Porterhouse Red, which was much like a typical Irish red.

Food was decent, lots of typical Irish dishes. Sampled the Bacon, Cabbage & potato, which was very good. Irish bacon
is salty ham, a nice ham steak in this case. The cabbage had an onion sauce on it which was good.

Waitress knew next to nothing about the beers.
When I asked what they had on cask, she had no idea what I was talking about. She did go back and ask the bartender, who set her straight.

A great place to go and have a couple Irish craft beers, one of the best in Dublin. Get there early as it gets very crowded making it hard to find a place to sit. (1,550 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Visited on April 21, 2009:

This is a must visit for any BA who finds themselves in Dublin. We went at kind of an off time, I want to say maybe 2pm or so, as we had been exploring the city all day long. Stopped in for a few pints and a little grub before venturing back out. But even at that time, the establishment still had a number of folks in it so it was buzzing nicely. The place had a good atmosphere to it; I won't go into it as the other reviewers have done a good job describing the place.

I don't recall what we ate, but I do remember that it was good. The menu seemed to be kind of a typical menu for a bar, but the food was better than some of the other bars that we had been to during our trip. The service was good, friendly and quick. I don't recall the menu being overly expensive either.

The beer menu was extensive with a bottle selection that could rival any place. They had several beers from a number of different countries, but I don't recall seeing any of the US national brands. Also, it looked like they had maybe a dozen beers on tap with a variety of styles to choose from.

Since we didn't want to sit for too long, since our boat was pulling out in a few hours and there were more pubs to hit, I only tried two beers, the Plain Porter and the TempleBrau, the menu stated that this was the only lager brewed in Dublin, and it was excellent. Both were about 4.3% ABV and very drinkable.

Overall, as I said, a must for any BA while in Dublin and a top notch brewpub for anywhere. (1,511 characters)

Photo of TommyW
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of the first places I visited on my trip to Dublin. Really a great establishment; definitely worth checking out.

The atmosphere of the Temple Bar location is really nice. I went early in evening, so it wasn't too busy. The place has four floors, so you can sit near the main bar where most of the crowd is or tuck yourself away in a cozy corner somewhere. Really like that about his place.

The service was good. The staff seemed pretty knowledgeable about there beers.

The only bad thing I can say about the selection is that they were out of brain blasta for the three days I was in Dublin. Kinda dissapointing. There bottle selection wasn't so impressive, but really you have to go to get their home brews.

I didn't try any of there food. Menu had pretty much the standard bar fair. Prices were about average. I did notice that the portion sizes were pretty large. Definitely looked for the price.

Beer prices are very reasonable as well. 5 euros for the 3-beer sample tray and then 4.50 for a pint. I just got two sample trays, and then got a pint of the one I like best. (1,083 characters)

Photo of atis
4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The place is excellent. I lived in Dublin for a couple of weeks and started to get tired of Guinness and Murphy and was delighted to "discover" the Porterhouse pub. One of the best things is that they serve 9 fresh and excellent beers brewed there as well as tens of other good, average and bad beers from around the world. For those visiting just for a short time, there is an option to buy samples of 3 of their brews for more than reasonable 5 euros and their own pints are priced 4.50 - very good price considering the central location.

Maybe food could be better, but the place is all about beer. It is a must if you are visiting Dublin and it is one of the best brewpubs I have ever been. (695 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I'd disagree with previous reviewers who describe Ireland as a beer wasteland: I like Guinness very much, & yes I do think find it a treat to drink it closer to the source, but it ain't the end-all-be-all of beer. After a few days in Dublin, my wife & I were wearying of the auld black stuff & were glad to find a place with more variety.

The atmosphere was really cool -- several floors of wood furniture, balconies, bars, & case after case of rare bottles lining the walls made the beer geek feel at home while setting a generally friendly & warm vibe. As it was Temple Bar, we learned that you can't get a table unless you stop in pretty early.

Ordered a sampler flight of the Oyster Stout, An Brain Blasta, & the Red, all respectable in their own right. I wish I'd sampled more of their stouts, as this is what they are apparently known for. Not a bad price, I think the sampler (three 6 oz. glasses) ran at 6 Euro.
Their Temple Brau, a clean, sweet lager that I really found tasty, is available at various pubs around the city.

The food I remember as decent, I honestly don't remember what I got -- the focus was more on the beer.

One of the more fun things was poring through the menu, checking out the descriptions of the bottles they had available, which included a decent selection throughout Europe, a fair number of Belgians, basically a pretty well-rounded list. It also had several pages dedicated to the political aspects of operating a brewpub in an area where practically all the "national" brands are owned by international interests. It was neat to see a brewpub that takes its "mission" so seriously, while having fun with its image & product. One page bore the slogan "Our beer kills fascists."

One beef with the place was how misrepresented I found American beer culture. Alongside 26 Belgians, 14 Germans, & a plethora of diverse styles & countries of origin, there were four American beers available: Coors Light, MGD, Rolling Rock, & Sam Adams Boston Lager. They also brewed their own "American style" called Chiller, which as a fan of good American beer I found a little insulting. There is one sentence stating that America has some fantastic brews, but they are not to be found here.

I also wish they'd institute reservations, or at least take names at the door. The waiting is not a problem, but I hate hanging around like a vulture while others finish (or being eyeballed while I'm sitting). (2,430 characters)

Photo of sleazo
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

In a sea of Guiness, the Porterhouse stands out as a place to grab something different. Located towards the end of the Temple Bar area, they brew their own line of beers as well as having a failry decent selection. As it is in the Temple bar area, it can get pretty rowdy at night.

The bar itself is a blonde wood sort of affair with brewerania covering the walls. The bar itself goes up three levels and provides plenty of windows to let the light in. The time I was there there was traditional music on which I dug.

Beerwise I managed to try a few of their beers including the Oyster Stout, An Brain Blasta and their Red. The Oyster stout stood out to me as being very good and the other two were decent examples of the style. There were about ten different brews of their own on tap. They also had the exceptional Galway Hooker on tap which is a must try.

There was also a good selection of bottles available though I did not try any of them. The menu listed them by country of origin with humourous blurbs for each. I recall a good selection of Belgians, English and American including Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn.

Pricewise it seemed on par with the rest of Dublin with beers coming out to 4 euro a pint.

All in all a good place to grab a pint of something different where all of the other bars have the same. (1,321 characters)

Photo of austin
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is a must visit for all BA's travelling to Dublin. The selection of 12- 14 of their own brews is vast and varied and difficult to find in the beer wasteland of Ireland.

The only cask beer available was the house bitter. I found good balance between malt and hop and plenty of flavour. Would make a solid addition to any London pub.

I think their signature beer is the plain porter. This is a good, dark, dry porter with subtle chocolate flavour- better than Guinness but not the best beer I had in Dublin.

Judging by the number of Trappist ales I saw,I think the bottle selection is solid. Also, although I didn't try the food,I wouldn't hesitate to order. When in Dublin go to Porterhouse. (700 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Visited on June 8th, 2007.

Beers tried: Wrasslers Stout, Hersbrucker Pils, and a small sample of the Oyster Stout (brewed with fresh oysters) -- didn't taste like oysters (thank god) but I got a definite juniper twang. The Hersbrucker was scrumptious and refreshing. Wrasslers was a bit ascerbicly bitter, but still good.

Food: Cheeseburger with fires and Beef 'n' Stowt. Both were pretty good. Tasty sauce on the burger. The fries were quite BLAH though.

Ambience: Woody, brown interior. Beer bottles from around the world in glass cabinets on practically every wall. Low key chatter and mellow music (on a Saturday around 2pm). Some loud American tourists at the table next to us, though.

Selection: Fantastic! 10-12 of their own beers on draught or in bottles plus at least 100 bottled beers from around the world. Fairly good picks, but some duds (like Miller Lite, to name one of the most grievous offenses).

Other comments: We stayed here for about an hour because we had to press on, but I wouldn't have minded staying all afternoon to try the rest of their own brews. This is a must when visiting Dublin, but make sure you drink plenty of Guinness, though. It is liquid gold! It definitely does taste better in Ireland! (1,232 characters)

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is a live review of the bar. Thanks to their wireless internet connection I'm currently sitting here just after noon on Saturday prior to Easter. I'm drinking the Wrassler 4X stout and figured I'd review the establishment while I'm here. This is definitely the best bar in Dublin, heavily influenced by the beers on tap. Mainly Porterhouse brews, but I spied a Galway Irish Red ale. They also have the seasonal Chocolate Truffle Stout on tap.. unfortunately Bulmers is also on tap.. atmosphere is always friendly. This is my third visit here and the barstaff have always been friendly and knowledgable. This bar is what, 3 stories tall? Easy to find a little nook to cram yourself away in if you want to be away from the hustle and bustle closer to the bar. I've never been here late, but I'd imagine it's good fun then as well. Their draft beers are reasonably priced (reasonably for Dublin anyway) but their bottle beers are a bit pricey which start at 5.70 for everything from their Belgian beers to their Mexican beers. Rocheforts being quite costly and 6.70 and 7.20 for 330ml. I only had a plate of chips, and there were quite good. I'd imagine the rest of the food is reasonable as well. I was here for 3 nights and I came here everynight. Absolutely a must stop for any tour of Dublin. (1,298 characters)

Photo of NolaViper
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

first went to the porterhouse brewing co in 2000.just came back from the electric picnic, PHBC and dublin last week.9/12/07.12/9/07 for you EU types.

yes theres no doubt the guinness tastes better the closer you are to the river liffey.for now at least.

but beer for beer the best tasting pints you'll have in ireland will be at one of the porterhouse brewing companys 3 bars located around greater dublin city.
im reviewing the temple bar locale here, the original PHBC dublin location.
3 bars on five levels or floors, stools and tables,banquettes,abound and theres even an oyster bar upstairs. the PH BC presents a warm friendly and fun atmosphere.and in irish/gaelic thats spelled, CRAIC-
along with your craic you'll be tasting some of the best micro craft brewed beers anywhere on the emerald island.the phbc is both a brewpub and intl beer bar at the same time.
The PHBC's own plain porter is at least as smooth and rich as its world famous neighbor guinness, and the wrasslers xxxx and oyster stout are both exceptional and different versions of irish stouts and are even better. and then there is the randy ruby ale called brainblasta, a tasty strong ale with real hop character its no session beer at 7%abv.there are about 7 or 8 other beers but they are aimed at american microbrew palates, ie. HOPS.L/A.Light Cals.hops.did i mention hops.
the PHBC is a right proper pub with great grub where you can spread out with the irish times before 5pm, after that, well it gets very very crowded.but its a massively fun kinda crowded.like the UN.stay.dont go.grab a pint.sing along with the irish singing along with the band and tourisses.learn how to spell craic.learn how to have craic.
a slew of intl bottles and spirits also availible.drink the phbc's own beers though.theyre david fighting goliath.and the little guy has just picked up a rock.didja hear that they may soon close st james gate brewing?
food til 930pm i think.go for the beers though.you WONT find more better tasting beers anywhere under one roof, in ireland.
NV (2,038 characters)

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The Porterhouse Brewing Company in Dublin, Ireland
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