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The Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Pub

Edmondstown Road | Rockbrook, Dublin Dublin 16, Ireland
+353-(0)1-4931495
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Ranked #1 of 239 nightlife in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Concerts
Owner description: The Merry Ploughboy is the only pub in Ireland owned and managed by musicians, and it is the 'hands on' approach from the owners that makes a visit to... more » Owner description: The Merry Ploughboy is the only pub in Ireland owned and managed by musicians, and it is the 'hands on' approach from the owners that makes a visit to the Merry Ploughboy the highlight of many people's trip to Ireland. The two hour Irish music & Irish dancing show (which takes place nightly at the pub) has been awarded "Best Dinner/Entertainment Event in Ireland" and the pub is the current "Music Pub of the Year” in Ireland. Owners and musicians, The Merry Ploughboys, have been performing together for 22 years making their show the longest running show in Ireland hosted continuously by the same performers. The pub is located about 20 minutes south of Dublin City centre with complimentary car parking. It is easily accessed by taxi or if you are staying in the city centre we recommend our shuttle transfer service (just 5.50 euro return fare). The transfer by luxury executive coach offers an elevated view of the scenic Southside of Dublin city. After the show, the coach will drop you back as close as practical to your accommodation. Reservations are essential, however online bookings for the dinner & show (and shuttle transfer if required) can be made in real-time on our own website. We operate a "ticketless" booking system. You will receive a unique booking reference number on your email receipt and our floor manager will have all your details when you arrive at the pub. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2010

As someone who frequented Irish pubs in America in my younger days, my biggest concern was that this would be an inauthentic performance watered down for tourists. I'm happy to report that the musicians are outstanding and personable entertainers (I love that they had beer glass holders on their microphones). I was dumbstruck to see the violin player out directing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2010

Worth every penny, food was great & entertainment was fab!!! I cannot sing it's praises enough. I would definately go again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2010

We had a group of 21 people go to the Merry Ploughboy, and everybody agreed the atmosphere, Dinner show & entertainment downstairs in the bar cannot be beaten. Firstly the staff here are excellent, from first point of contact with the booking office through to being dropped at off at our hotel by our coach driver arranged by the pub,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2010

What a blast. The food was great. The servers were delightful. The Celtic dancers were excellent (and they pulled me up on stage, which was hilarious fun). They were kind of like a River Dance troupe. Then the Irish music was very entertaining - worth the drive. They described the traditional instruments, told stories about the lyrics, and did a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2010

The food and the entertainment was excellent, you could not fault a thing. It was worth every penny. The band was amazing, so talented and entertaining. They interacted with the audience brilliantly, everyone was tapping their toes and joining in the singing. You came away on a high and wishing you had taken more money with you to buy all... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2010

Recently took a group of 16 from work to the Merry Ploughboy on a Friday night. We had a great mix of people, some Irish, some not, and everyone had a really great time. From the moment that we were welcomed into the the pub to the time we left every member of staff couldn't have done more to look... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2010

I went in the pub in the last 8th of September to dinner an see the show (musicians and dancers). And i have to tell that my family and I love being there. The show was fantastic, the food was very good (so the beer) as the service and friendliness of whole team. We have enjoyed a lot the night... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

What a great way to spend my first night in Ireland! I was on a CIE tour and this was our first night out. Fabulous food , great lively atmosphere with lots of clapping and toe tapping. The band sings with such passion and encourages audience participation.I was lucky enough to go on stage and be given a great tshirt.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2010

My husband and I attended the show on July 31, 2010, and it was wonderful! I had read about the Merry Ploughboys on TripAdvisor before our trip to Ireland and I had booked ahead easily on their website. Everything went smoothly with the hotel pickup and dropoff and the dinner and show. On a scale of 1 to 5, I... More

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Monroe, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2010

My family and I went with a tour group to this wonderful pub outside of Dublin City in late June of this year. The music and dancing were first rate as was the pure glee we saw on the peoples faces. When you're in Dublin DO NOT MISS this show. We ate before we got there but the smell and... More

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