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The Oval Bar

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Irish, Pub, Gastropub, Fish & Chips
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78 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 872 1259
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Today
9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: The Oval Bar is an authentic Irish Pub situated idyllically in the heart...
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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Good for:
Bar scene
Large groups
Breakfast/Brunch
Late Night

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Beautiful pub but cold

Had a quick drink in here at the weekend. It was fairly packed but we got a seat downstairs. We only stayed for one as we were frozen. They have a main door at the front and a door out to the smoking area, which was constantly being left open by smokers going out. The barman to be fair to... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
Beanie14
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Dublin, Ireland
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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Dublin, Ireland
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300 reviews 300 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Had a quick drink in here at the weekend. It was fairly packed but we got a seat downstairs. We only stayed for one as we were frozen. They have a main door at the front and a door out to the smoking area, which was constantly being left open by smokers going out. The barman to be fair to... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

After a walk up O’Connell Street to the post office on a damp day, a stop to enjoy a full Irish breakfast in this classic (rebuilt) building was a good choice. Ample evidence of its music and sporting traditions.Sat at the window table in the large room on the first floor. Excellent service and atmosphere.

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Devon, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Great place to meet family and friends, Staff are very efficient and friendly and patient with a large group. Real fire place on the 3rd floor absolutely perfect! comfortable ambience and lovely food I recommend the famous irish stew!

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Hubby and I first visited the Oval Bar on Tuesday 13th Jan 2015. It was our first day in Dublin and after an early flight we were just having a lazy wander around the city centre and getting our bearings. This bar is just off O'Connell Street so is handily placed for both shoppers and sightseers alike. Friendly service and... More 

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Dublin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Did a fair few beers over the Christmas here, fAirly average but always busy so it's doing something right. Staff are so so nothing special but it's a cosy little boozer right in the centre of town

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

Ended up here by chance on a cold afternoon.We sat upstairs near a cosy fire and orded tea and scones( huge pot of tea,scones, cream and jam for the cost of 3€!!!! We stayed a couple of hours because of the lovely atmosphere but also because of the free wifi!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I know it's not the first concern on going to a pub, but my Irish countrymen seem totally indifferent to having wifi upstairs. O'Neills in Suffolk St was the same. It's a little quirk that irritates as the ground floors of these pubs are usually rammed - and for good reason. The food - had a seafood chowder - was... More 

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6 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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23 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
240 helpful votes 240 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 78 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 1 872 1259

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 23
  • Cuisine: Irish, Pub, Gastropub, Fish & Chips

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups

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!
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?