The Norseman

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The NorsemanThe Norseman

Type: Bar, Eatery

29 East Essex Street
Dublin, 2

+353 1 6715135 | map

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Added by metter98 on 06-27-2014

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2.36/5  rDev -32.2%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1.5


This place *had* the most extensive collection of craft options in the city until it suddenly removed them all last April, amid rumours of kickbacks/payoffs from one of the big lager breweries.
The 25 taps are now crammed with the usual macros plus "crafty" (big corporate in disguise) options like Cute Hoor - selection without variety. (The sole holdover is Carlow Brewing/O'Hara's, who aren't exactly difficult to find anyway. )
Several of the staff, who had been passionate and informed, also left after this radical change in course, so this is not the place to chat with a barmen about beer anymore, either.

The atmosphere is faux country ruined by a caterwauling singer up front each night. It is possible to find a table in the afternoon but it won't stay quiet after dark - you're still in Temple Bar. Food looks generous and overpriced.

Still belongs on this due to its range of O'Hara's - and they make some great beers - but mostly a sad reminder of how the craft revolution still loses some battles.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Vibe: This place is located in the Temple Bar area and is one of the few craft beer bars in Dublin that opens at 10:30 am. It was formerly called "Farringtons of Temple Bar" but has the same owner and changed its name in mid-June 2014. The ground level has lots of seating and an "island bar", although it actually appears that there are two bar areas because the area is divided into two rooms and the bar spans both of them. A couple of outdoor seats are available in front of the place.

Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperature in a variety of glassware.

Service: I sat at the bar so service was prompt and the bartender periodically checked to see how I was doing and if I needed another beer.

Selection: The bar had well over 20 beers available on-tap. They had about half a dozen beers from O'Haras on-tap as well as a number of other Irish craft breweries including Dingle, Donegal, Five Lamps, Franciscan Well, and Metalman. Bottled beers were also available but I did not check to see if there was a bottle list. Beers were available in pint and half-pint sizes.

Value: Prices seemed reasonable compared to other places in the area.

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The Norseman in Dublin, Ireland
Place rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 3 ratings