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“Exciting, fun and easy!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Pub

The Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Pub
Edmondstown Road | Rockbrook, Dublin Dublin 16, Ireland
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Ranked #1 of 249 Nightlife in Dublin
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Concerts, Bars
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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.
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“Exciting, fun and easy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

A great way to listen to traditional songs, watch great Irish dancers and have a wonderful meal. We loved the bus ride that was made available! Got us back and forth to our hotel safely, plus the ride gave us a chance to see the sights outside of the city center. It was a highlight for us!

Visited August 2013
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“The ideal Irish experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Every group that we bring to the Merry Ploughboy always leaves saying the same thing "That was so much fun!". This is an evening's entertainment that can be enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. The food is nice and hearty, and the staff are great. The band are just brilliant, and are always happy to give a special shout-out to our groups. And the dancers just round off the show perfectly. It is so easily accessible thanks to the shuttle buses from the city centre. We always feel that our evening starts the minute we all set foot on the bus thanks to the friendliness and humour of the drivers, and it just continues on from there! We'll be back!

Visited June 2013
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“Good food and a fine show”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Tourists and Irish seemed to like the show and the dinner. A tasty three course dinner and fine traditional Irish music with sing along and humour by the band. The dancers were very skillfull. The shuttle bus was late and they paid my cab. Fine service, very highly recommended. Book in time, all seats were taken!

Visited August 2013
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“55 years celebration”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

we celebrated being married for 55 years at this pub, and had the greatest of times, the whole atmosphere was to enjoy , the singing by the merry ploughboys was great, they sang the
fields of athenry to my wife ,a song with many memmories,then th irish danceing added to the night, the food was great i dont know how they catered for aprox 120 with such service and lovely food, as you can tell it was a great night worth every cent .

Visited August 2013
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“Great entertainment and excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We were on our first trip to Dublin from the UK. Just a four night break but enough to get a feel for the city.

I had pre-booked an evening of Irish music and dance with a meal as part of the deal. While many pubs have music and dance this one, my research showed, had a very high rating. I booked on line and they also offered transport to the location (about 10 kilometres from the city centre). Our pick up point , the first, would be about 200 metres from out hotel.

The bus arrived on time but Dublin at rush hour is not a quick moving city and with other pick up points it was an hour before we arrived at the venue. We were warmly greeted at the door and sent to an upper room where we were shown to our pre assigned table.

The room had, I would guess, about a 150 guest capacity and it was nearly full. There were a lot of waitresses taking drinks and food orders. A bar at the back of the room and a stage at the front.

Our order for drinks and food was quickly taken. and before too long the drinks delivered. The starter arrived shortly after (we had chosen a seafood chowder) and I am sorry New England but this was the best seafood chowder that we had ever had.

For mains my wife had a lamb shank and I had chicken. both were good. This we followed with Apple pie (with wonderful pastry) and custard and a coffee. This quality of this meal was better than many restaurants I have been in around the world and this was mass catering.

As the meal came to a close the band arrived. As they play most nights the actual and is made up of 4 musicians and vocalists from a group of 8.

They played popular Irish songs and got the audience involved interspersed with less well known numbers which included the occasional serious ballad. The standard of playing was very high and we had a few instrumentals that illustrated their capability. At the end of the first set the musicians were replaced by Irish dancers who put on a very entertaining number of dances before the Merry Ploughboys returned for their final set.

An excellent meal and great entertainment all for about £45 per head (drinks extra)

Visited August 2013
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