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The Brazen Head

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17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

20 Lower Bridge St
Dublin, 8
phone: +353 1 677 9549

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Photo of MillRat
3.23/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

OK, it's the oldest pub in Dublin and all, but history can only carry you so far. In late March we're a bit off of the tourist season, but that's not really an excuse for not knowing when you'll be open, when the dining room will be open, and for having less than prompt table service. Llike some brewery at St. James Gate, it's a visit to check off your to-go list and then spend your time and money more rewardingly supporting the establishments that really do care about craft beer. Let the tour bus flocks keep this place going.

Beer selection is about average for a Dublin pub, though turnover will keep it a good as it was when it left the brewery. Food is of good quality on an Irish pub-grub scale. Certainly a nice atmosphere about the place, but there's more to being a beer-centric establishment than that. Use beerfly and make up your own mind about the best places to go.

Photo of Otterburn
4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Yeah it is not everyday you have the chance to
sit down in the oldest pub in Ireland and sip a Guinness. The vibe is pretty cool.

The beer is fresh, made just on the other side of the town,where they are making a couple of millions of pints a day.

Its nice to see these people work behind the bar,
you see they actually care for serving the precious brevage. It's done in 2 steps. First they filled half the pint. Then wait for five minutes or so..and then filled up the pint. This is how they do the nice head of the Guinness.
In Ireland everything is expensive, except for the beer wich the price is reasonable everywhere you go in the country. One thing is sure, Irish like to go to the pub,and enjoyed a beer.

So it was nice to visit this pub, because of is historical status, where everything begans

This place is a must for the atmosphere of the pub and the fresh Guinness on tap.

A must for any travellers around Dublin.

Photo of DrinkbythePond
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

My wife and I went to the Brazen Head for an early dinner on our 2nd night in Dublin. It was a nice evening so we sat outside in the very busy garden area. All of the tables and seats seem low, but it was quite comfortable. There seemed to be a good blend of locals and those of us visiting. Being so early in our vacation, Guiness was our choice and it was quickly delivered and quite tasty. I didn't see anything on the beer list to warrant not choosing Guiness. I opted for Bangers and Mash and food quality was excellent and the quantity ample. I don;t think my wife was as satisified with her dinner sized salad. The environment and atmosphere of the outdoor garden made this place a 'must' to return.

Photo of HochFliegen
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A stop in the oldest pub in Ireland is a must. To sip a Guinness in the food steps of people such as Yeats, Joyce, Wilde and Shaw and who knows how many others. Very cool. Its a great place with a nice outside sitting area. Didnt get any food. Just sat next to a couple from the UK who locked their keys in the auto and was waiting for help with a pint. I had a Guinness and it was great. It was the 3rd day in Dublin and about 2 weeks into my travels in Ireland. The beer came quick and with a smile. Had a great time. A must go!

Photo of granger10
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I was surprised to see this in Beerfly, but with that being said, anybody who is into history should definitely visit the "oldest pub in Ireland". This place has a nice beer garden right out front and three rooms on the lower level. An upstairs has more of a nice dining area to it. Real casual atmosphere with what appeared to be mostly locals sitting and sipping and shooting the craic. Selection is about like every other place in Dublin (Guinness, Carlsberg, Heineken, Bulmer's, Smithwicks, etc) but what would you expect from a historic landmark? A must for a pint of Guinness if you want to drink in some history.

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

The wife and I just got back from a week in Ireland. Dublin was the first stop and we spent one afternoon (Sunday) at the Brazen Head. A short 5-10 min walk from the Christchurch area where we were staying. Sunday afternoons are a very popular time to visit here. They have a good long session of trad music and the place is very busy.

As you walk in you are greeted with a good size outdoor beer garden. Some of the seats have overhangs to shelter you from the elements. To the right and straight aheah (inside the building) you have the choice of three bars. There may have been more that I missed as this place is good size. The first bar on the right was where the music was coming from. You could not fit another person in here if you tried.

The second bar was more for conversation but still had a good atmosphere. The final bar which was straight ahead, didn't open until 5ish but you were still more than welcome to get a beer and drink in there. Plenty of options for everyone.

The beer was what I would call "Standard Dublin". (I mean no offense to anyone when I say that.) Plenty of Guinness, Carlsberg, Heiny, Smithwicks, Bud, maybe Murphy's and maybe Kilkenny. They also had some bottles. I remember a couple of German beers but forget the names.

Go here for the atmosphere. A fun place with a good mix of locals and tourists. We had great fun and would go back anytime. Side Note: (We hit this place up on the way back from the Guinness experience. Also, the reasonable rating above is relevant to Dublin)

Photo of jackndan
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

The Brazen Head in Dublin Ireland: The mind boggles that I’m the first to review what is claimed to be the Oldest Pub in Ireland, and one at which I spent a terrific afternoon. I’m stealing lots of this review (background anyway) from their web site:

“History: Standing on the site of the original 12th century tavern, the present Brazen Head is an old coaching inn dating back to about 1688.The Brazen Head can trace its history back to the 12th century well before the country's first Licensing Laws were enacted in 1635. So Dubliners were enjoying drinks on the site of the present pub a few hundred years before Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492. The present building is over 300 years old.”

We spent a lot of time in the crooked front bar, after I mashed my brain bucket on the lintel over the door (I told you the place was old). I cannot tell you what beers they had other than Guinness, delightfully poured and just about every other one on the house. They wheeled out some steam tables, and served a meat and two veg to the locals. The portions were huge, and looked and were delicious. Haute cuisine? Hell no, but wonderful and filling comfort food.

History, good beer and good people. Stop here when you are in Dublin.

The Brazen Head in Dublin, Ireland
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