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The Oval Bar

78 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 872 1259
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Ranked #479 of 1,892 Restaurants in Dublin
Price range: $12 - $24
Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Cuisines: Irish, Pub, Gastropub, Fish & Chips
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: The Oval Bar is an authentic Irish Pub situated idyllically in the heart of Dublin City on Middle Abbey Street. Housed within a beautiful Victorian building with most of its period features still intact, The Oval is the perfect place to escape from the hectic hustle and bustle of the city outside and provides a haven of welcome and warmth for local office workers on lunch, busy shoppers looking to recharge their batteries, visiting tourists looking for the 'Craic' and music, cinema and theatre goers looking for a bite to eat and a drink before or after their show. Once our patrons step inside our doors they experience the relaxed and convivial nature of our charming pub, our Staff are welcoming and friendly and will ensure that everyone's stay is a pleasant one. With over 3 floors of seating and a large function area with its own private bar facilities available to rent we can accommodate any size group. We also have an outdoor seating area for those lazy Dublin summer evenings. Our kitchen serves a full menu daily with Traditional Irish Stew being one of our specialities! The Oval has long been renowned as an exceptional place to watch 'the match', we show all the major sporting events on our wide screen LCD TVs and has also a great atmosphere for pre or post match celebrations for patrons going to and from Croke Park. The Oval - home of the best Pint of Guinness in Dublin!
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Great pub, good atmosphere and vibrant, food is good, always has a good crowd, TV, food, beer what more can I say.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Oval Bar has great, quick staff (very attentive, too, regardless of the time of the day/night), comfortable seating, clean premises and good food. As a vegan it's tough in an Irish pub to begin with, but staff was very eager to give proper information and make sure I got something to eat. The salad with walnuts and red-wine-pears was... More 

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Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This pub is must go to when in Dublin, great atmosphere & yes a great pint. Not tried food but everyone around who was eating had high praise for the standard & quality. You will enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of this genuine Dublin pub, highly recommended.

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Dublin, Ireland
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74 reviews 74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I think it's fair to say that this is one of the best pubs in Dublin City Centre. Staff are always polite and efficient and the pints are always consistent. The pub itself is clean and it is cosy, perfect for a few pints and also a good place for watching the football/rugby/GAA etc. The food here is good too... More 

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Popped in here for a couple of pre dinner drinks and ended up staying instead. Food was beautiful, plentiful and very good value. The ambience was relaxed and friendly as were the staff. Will be back.

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Prestatyn, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

this must be one off the hidden gems of dublin. the pub has a welcoming feel about it.the restaurant upstairs is a treat due in no small way to the lovely lady that runs it.she brings an oriental niceness to a very dublin pub.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Great Pub drinks very good price also the Tea/Coffee and scone with jam & cream to die for. Good Central Location

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I have called in to The Oval many times over the past 16 years and always enjoyed the experience it's never too packed even though it's just off O'Connell street and with friendly staff it's well worth a visit and the food is good as well!!

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York, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We first spotted the Oval from the LUAS heading past O'Connell Street and went for a quick pint because of the 1916 connection. The staff seemed friendly, and the menu looked to have some good traditional fare (unlike most of the more modern restaurants we found ourselves in), so we returned the next day for dinner. The Irish stew was... More 

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

My boyfriend and I stopped in there for a drink in the afternoon. Ours glasses were filthy, the bar counter was sticky, the draught taps were dirty, the floor was sticky and the grumpy red haired lady behind the bar barely smiled.

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Additional Information about The Oval Bar

Address: 78 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 1 872 1259
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Average Prices: USD 12 - 24
Cuisine: Irish, Pub, Gastropub, Fish & Chips

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