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O'Donoghue's Bar

15 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
353 (0)1 6607194
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Ranked #8 of 242 Nightlife in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Activities: Drinking
Description: Dublin's most popular pub, known for its great live music.
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Gibraltar
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you don't like crowds this place is popular, why? because its great, music, Guinness, people smiling and a general great Irish welcome. Inside and out its a good old traditional pub and England is loosing pubs every day so its great to see Ireland still has great pubs to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Having visited this fine olde worlde pub many times a return visit is always like a first visit. The music staff Guinness always first class .Just like when the O ,Donoughue family ran it and what job they did back then and it great to see the old traditions been carried on. Actually the O,D family hailed from Co Clare... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Busy ,friendly ,loud and unmistakeably Dublin . A great place with plenty of music and atmosphere and a brilliant place to showcase the best of Irish pub culture . Thoroughly recommend

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New England
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60 reviews 60 reviews
8 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We visited the pub on a Sunday afternoon, just in time for the 1p.m. music start. Rather than a rehearsed band, this was more of a "jam session" with 9 musicians eventually arriving and joining the party. We stayed for about 90 minutes and enjoyed the quality of music and the very cozy atmosphere. I would not go just for... More

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boston
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13 reviews 13 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Lovely Guinness. Great atmosphere & great trad sessions nightly. Visit here every time I in the city.

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Ellesmere Port, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Finding O'Donoghue's on Sunday evening was like finding an oasis in a desert. A warm welcome awaits as soon as you enter the door. The bar staff were friendly and helpful and didn't treat us as if we were unwelcome foreigners as some places had!The night we went, there were two very talented young lads singing and playing their guitars.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This was our best bar experience. Locals and tourists alike. Very friendly and an awesome, spur of the moment jam session by local musicians. I would definitely put this one on the list to visit.

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Trondheim, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Heart of the tradition! Great craic! This public house is filled with atmosphere and good vibes. Great music played with enthusiasm by a lovely bunch of musicians.

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Ried Im Innkreis, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

An evening of nice music and great atmosphere. We enjoyed our last evening in dublin hanging out in this bar just having a marvelous time. Pricing is surprisingly ok for dublin.

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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81 attraction reviews
295 helpful votes 295 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It's about as authentic a Dublin pub as you are going to find. And we didn't manage, to our great regret, to catch a music night. We were there twice just soaking up the atmosphere, chatting to the regulars and sipping Guinness. The place is central, easy to find and exploding with character. You can easily spend an hour looking... More

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