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The Brazen Head

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The Brazen HeadThe Brazen Head
BA SCORE
87
very good

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.68%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thebrazenhead

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(Place added by: jackndan)
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Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.75/5  rDev +25%

A must go for anyone in Dublin. The Brazen Head is the Oldest pub in Ireland going back to 1198.

They had great food (Irish Stew,Guinness Stew), great music, great story telling. The story telling is great to do with the kids. My wife and 10 year old daughter loved it, worth the price!

I made it to many historic pubs while in Ireland but this was the best by far considering all they have to offer.

You should also check out O'Neills for food and a drink, The Long Hall, The Stag's Head, The Long Stone, Mulligan's and many others. And that's just in Dublin, Ireland is just amazing for checking out old historic pubs.

If going to Dublin buy the PBS dvd Historic Pubs Of Dublin it was a great help.

IrishGermanAmerican, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of jackndan
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

jackndan, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of Otterburn
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

Otterburn, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of TaborTime
4/5  rDev +5.3%

TaborTime, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of DrinkbythePond
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

DrinkbythePond, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of HochFliegen
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%

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!

HochFliegen, May 26, 2006
Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

On a trip to Dublin with my girlfriend we came here after being told this was the oldest pub in the world and the Guinness Book Of Records plaque on the wall backed up the story. Had a pint of Guinness and an awesome stuffed chicken breast to go with it. I pinned a Canadian 5 to the wall to go along with all the American 1's and random countries bills up there, pretty neat. I think it was pricey but Ireland cost a fortune compared to where I live in Alberta so take that with a grain of salt. worth a stop when in the area

wordemupg, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Hayley_86, Apr 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

fisherbray, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of spdyfire83
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

I stopped at The Brazen Head recently to entertain a guest visiting us in Dublin and I was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere of this pub. Coined "Dublin's Oldest Pub" is was definitely on my places to visit before my time here is up, but I'm glad we found this gem sooner than later.

The atmosphere is quite relaxing and super chill. We sat in the "money room" - each of the four rooms of the pub has a different theme. The "money room" had paper bills glued to the wall which was fun to see.

The selection is what you would expect for a typical Irish pub - Guinness, Smithwick's, and Harp - but you shouldn't visit here because of the selection. The history is rich and they usually have a quality Irish band playing some folk music which is always fun.

The food here is top-notch based on my experience with Irish pub grub. I enjoyed the Brazen Bangers & Mash and it was delicious. Highly recommend this for anyone looking for a hearty meal to enjoy a pint or two of Guinness.

spdyfire83, Jan 16, 2012
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The Brazen Head in Dublin, Ireland
87 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.