The Brazen Head

very good

13 Reviews
The Brazen HeadThe Brazen Head

Type: Bar, Eatery

20 Lower Bridge St
Dublin, 8

+353 1 677 9549 | map

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Photo of granger10
3.59/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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)

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Photo of jackndan
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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The Brazen Head in Dublin, Ireland
3.78 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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