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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 CuriousMonk
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

I stopped by the Brazen Head in Dublin Ireland, "the Oldest Pub in Ireland" during my backpacking excursion in Ireland one summer of 2001.

"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."

This place was old, charmy, and had a ton of character. Tourist trap too. 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. History, good beer and good people. Stop here when you are in Dublin and have a good ol' pint o' Guinness!

CuriousMonk, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of jgasparine
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%

This relic is a must-see just for it's history and atmosphere. Certainly not a mecca for beer geeks; maybe one-drink-and-done for most; but as soon as you walk through the portal into the courtyard, you feel like you're being transported back in time. As long as you catch it at a time when it's not packed with tourists, this place has an incredible atmosphere.

The quality and selection of beer here is no more impressive than your average pub in Dublin. Service is about the same you'd get at your average pub as well.

Bottom line- come here to drink the history moreso than the beer.

jgasparine, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of soulcougher
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

soulcougher, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of granger10
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

granger10, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

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)

CharlesRiver, Oct 22, 2005
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 Will_Rivera
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Will_Rivera, Jul 25, 2014
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 MillRat
3.23/5  rDev -15%

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.

MillRat, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of TaborTime
4/5  rDev +5.3%

TaborTime, Jan 25, 2014
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The Brazen Head in Dublin, Ireland
87 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.