The Brazen Head
The Brazen Head
4.5
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Monday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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Dublin's oldest pub is still kicking: a fun, friendly bar with lots of atmosphere.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Four Courts • 4 min walk
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  • Paul C
    Lake Geneva, Wisconsin15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you visit one pub in Dublin, make it The Brazen Head
    Do not visit Dublin without stopping in the pub. The place just drips with history and conviviality. We only were there a few hours, but I could have stayed all night. The food was decent, but it's pub food, I didn't expect fine cuisine, as it should be. The atmosphere was unbeatable! It is the oldest pub in Dublin, I think it was established in 1198. Don't miss it.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Barb W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brazenhead in Dublin is a must!
    I took a group of 23 women traveling together from the United States to Brazenhead for dinner one night while in Dublin. We arrived there around 6:30, (probably their peak time) and surprised them with 23 of us. Tony, the gentleman seating people, went above and beyond the call of duty. I had told them we would happily break down into any combination of tables, whenever they became available. We did not necessarily have to be seated together, but we all wanted to eventually experience the oldest pub in Ireland while we were here. At first he was taken aback by the large group, but very quickly pulled things together and provided us with our own private small room in less than 15 minutes! Our server, Alejandra, was absolutely amazing also! She was friendly, helpful, and very quickly had all our orders taken and delivered to the kitchen in no time. Our food was timely coming out to the tables, and was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend the Brazenhead to anyone visiting Dublin! Fabulous, helpful , doting servers and staff, delicious food, an historic pub, great drinks, and the perfect way to spend an evening in Dublin! A special thanks to Tony and Alejandra! For taking such good care of us!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written August 29, 2023
  • shelley b
    Kingston, Canada19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Visited on a Sunday afternoon. Didn't eat but the food looked fantastic. Instead we were there for the Sunday afternoon 3:30 Irish music. It did not disappoint! The place was packed with locals who know each other and the songs...it was a blast. The music is only in the oldest part of the pub a small parlor to the right as you come in....highly recommend !!!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Ray W
    Ashburn, Virginia154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The oldest pub in Dublin was worth the visit
    We were in Dublin on vacation this summer and in researching pubs to visit, we found The Brazen Head. We were interested in visiting after reading the history and seeing some photos and were not disappointed. The pub was a short walk from our hotel and was not overly crowded once we arrived. While there were a few cozy rooms to sit down and enjoy a pint, we opted for the outside beer garden as the weather was so nice. The service was great and the bartenders and waitress were all friendly. We visited during the day so there was no live music but it was a great place to sit back and relax after walking around Dublin all day. We enjoyed our visit and would definitely return, but maybe when we can listen to some live music.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Lois A
    Fredericksburg, Virginia187 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool Place
    It is cool to say we ate here. SO many tourists, that if you want to eat, you are taken back to a dining room that doesn't even feel like a pub. I can't imagine it would be easy to get a seat in the old pub section.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Fauconberg
    Leeds, United Kingdom399 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quirky & cosy, definitely worth popping in!
    Really loved this place with its unique combination of quirky and cosy. We sat outside enjoying the late afternoon sun and had a great view of a billowing but unpredictable Irish tricolour. Exceptionally busy and popular with overseas tourists from Europe and America, there was a real cosmopolitan vibe plus it purports to be Ireland’s oldest pub too! Definitely worth popping in for a pint!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 17, 2023
  • okie56
    Rockford, Illinois355 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yhe Brazen Head
    Our meal was okay. Service was friendly & fast. The bar was loud & lively. The restaurant in back was pleasantly festive. Nothing really special though, for all its claim to being the oldest pub. I’ve been to pubs that felt much more quaint & old.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 17, 2024
  • Scott A
    Austin, Texas98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History, Atmosphere and Great Food
    For the history alone, this is a must visit. In operation since 1098, this place is mind blowing to an American. The bartender told me I was sitting in the "new addition", built in 1805, 30 years after the American Revolution! It doesn't stop there, however, the food is great. Great fish and chips, and my wife raved about the burger!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 22, 2024
  • Pat M
    Baltimore, Maryland377 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic and Friendly
    We were nearing the end of our holiday in Dublin and had been told by many people to check out Brazen Head, so we walked there after Mass on Easter to get a pint. The decor includes many dollar bills signed and stapled to the walls, as well as patches from first responder uniforms from all over the world. Hence, it was plain to see people come and have a great time here. We were able to get two stools inside at the bar and enjoyed our conversation with the bartender. This place should be on every pub crawler’s list.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2024
  • Lou
    Bedfordshire, United Kingdom70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just Wow!
    We were recommended this pub from a tour guide on a boat cruise. We were so glad we visited and was welcomed by friendly staff and served up home cooked food of the highest standard. The pub had a lovely atmosphere and was really buzzing with lots of customers and staff. We’re so glad we visited and will recommend to anyone visiting Dublin. Thank you.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 6, 2024
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Taylor S
17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
It looked like such a cool spot and there were good overall ratings online, so we decided to go here for dinner. As we walked in, we were excited by the overall aesthetic but that’s where the good comments end. DO NOT GO HERE. You will leave angry and frustrated.

Two servers were helping our section and neither seemed to pay attention to when people were sitting down and wanted to order. One of them was Elena and she had zero warmth or personality.

We both ordered Bangers & Mash - it came out quickly but it was absolutely lacklustre. The vegetables were underdone, not much gravy, potatoes were a bit bland and sausages were mediocre.

Elena came to take away one plate, then the other server came to take the other and we informed him we would not be getting anything else and were just looking for the bill. Neither of the servers came back with our bill but we saw them go to other tables for bills/payment. We put our coats on to try to signal to them but still nothing. At our wits end we walked up to a server and said we wanted to pay - he got the machine for us and asked what we’d like to tip so he could put it into the machine. It felt like an extremely forward assumption to make since it’s not customary in Ireland to tip and they barely gave us service so why would we want to??

This was the worst restaurant experience we’ve had in Dublin. I repeat, DO NOT GO HERE.
Written September 8, 2022
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Claire g
Donabate, Ireland12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We went into this pub the previous day in person to book a table for 6 adults and 6 children for dinner the following day and were told they don't take bookings and they would look after us when we arrived. Great! We arrived and sat down at the only available table in the outdoor section. The waitress that came to us for our order had absolutely no english and did not understand a very basic order, (fanta orange, lucozade, 7-up, Guinness). We had to point to pictures on a page to order or to the bottles/bar tap for the staff to understand what we wanted. Very very poor service in general. The staff seen uninterested to be efficient. Then we were told we could not have food in the outdoor space and then asked could we have a table inside, only to be asked if we had a booking. The person who asked was the same person we spoke to the previous day who told us we didn't need a booking. We were provided with a table after pointing out he said he would look after us. We were given menus. No kids menus. They wouldn't even do half portions for the children. We had to order adult portions and split them between 2 children ourselves. We even had to ask for extra plates. It was pure hassle. Please provide childrens menus or at the very least, provide half portions for children. If you can't do that, do not accept families. You are just ripping off people. An absolute joke. Its a tourist trap and really is disappointing. The food was nice but at this stage we just didn't enjoy it. We were too busy scraping mash potato from one plate to another and cutting burgers in half to feed our children. We went there because it was convenient for family members who were staying in a nearby hotel. As a Dublin person, I would not visit again. Sadly it was very underwhelming. The staff could have been so much more accommodating.
Written May 6, 2022
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Inna K
Kyiv, Ukraine8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We arrived at Brazen Head in Dublin on a dreadful weather night looking to warm up with some hot Irish coffee. However, we were greeted very unfriendly. When we asked if there was somewhere to dry and hang our clothes, the response was a rude "no." We ordered drinks and apple crumble - the soggy mess with two soggy crumbs had nothing to do with a classic crumble. Irish coffee was listed on the menu at 7 euros each, but we were charged 21 euros for two. When we questioned the outrageously rude waitress about the discrepancy, she rudely pointed at the menu and said that alcohol prices were not included as they are constantly increasing. This seemed like a scam to us! Why not just charge 100 euros for coffee instead of the menu price then? There were no apologies or explanations given. We ended up paying 40 euros for two completely inedible desserts and two very mediocre Irish coffees. The staff was extremely brazen and unfriendly, simply rude. The ambiance was unwelcoming. If you seek delicious food and pleasant service, head over to Old Mill instead. Brazen Head is a terrible place, just PR and marketing, tasteless, expensive, and with appalling service. My rating - 0 out of 10, I do not recommend it to anyone.
Written March 1, 2024
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Greg V.
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Worst experience of my entire trip to Ireland. Came here at the recommendation of a friend. I will rethink that relationship another time. First night in Dublin, went to The Brazen Head around 8 PM Thursday night during the tail end of their dinner rush. Waited patiently in line and got seated by the hostess who told us that they will open the back room and the waitress will be with us in 5 min. Other couples were seated as well. A waitress who was new takes our order. My family of 4 ordered 2 soups (for my wife and I) and 4 entrees and drinks (of course). Drinks come after about 10 min. Then bread for the 2 soups, but no soup. Drinks get finished. Still no food. I Justified the delay that it was busy and that the waitress was new. After 45 minutes the soup and all 4 entrees come out in one shot and get placed on the table over crowding it to the point my wife and I were holding plates. This food was brought out by a completely different waitress. We tried to make it work. The butternut squash soup was warm indicating to me that it's been sitting a while. When I called the waitress over, our hostess came and asked what we needed. I told her the situation, I said I would like to return the soup as it's cold. She asked if I wanted another to which I declined and told her even if you brought out another one, there's no place for it. Her response was that because we didn't specifically order the soup separately from the main course, and because there's no separation of the food items, their policy is to bring everything out in one shot. And when asked where our waitress went, we were told she was on a break.So I could have hot soup, or a hot meal, but not both. So just to paint a picture for you, if 6 dishes crowded the table, and instead we ordered 4 soups, 4 salads and 4 dinners we would have had 12 dishes sitting in front of us in our hands and on the floor, maybe other people's tables? I have a high threshold for BS. I can accept it's busy. I can accept that the waitress was new. But what I will not accept is to be victim blamed that I needed to preface my order with a disclaimer to ask for my food to come out at certain times. Absolutely ridiculous. We didn't have dessert, coffee or buy a t-shirt as I had intended. Just paid the bill and left.
Written April 27, 2024
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Bea H
Hartford, CT135 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Granted, we were here during a busy weekend for the Sunday afternoon music session. There is indoor and outdoor seating, but you have to go inside the tiny bar to hear the music. The bar was so crowded and there didn’t seem to be control of how many came in. The musicians were top notch and I would have loved to stay longer but it was really uncomfortable due to the overcrowding.
Written May 21, 2023
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shelley b
Kingston, Canada19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Visited on a Sunday afternoon. Didn't eat but the food looked fantastic. Instead we were there for the Sunday afternoon 3:30 Irish music. It did not disappoint! The place was packed with locals who know each other and the songs...it was a blast. The music is only in the oldest part of the pub a small parlor to the right as you come in....highly recommend !!!
Written September 5, 2023
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Nicky C
31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We visited on a Thursday afternoon and were lucky to be seated immediately even though it was quite busy. Staff was great, beer was cold, food was surprisingly very good! Cesar salad with chicken and bangers and mash both tasted good. Great old bar with many little rooms to it- fun to explore.
Written June 1, 2023
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tiagovinagre97
Aveiro, Portugal27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Great beef & Guiness stew, we recommend it! The staff is nice and the service is very fast. The irish coffee is also great. 2 Beef&Guiness stews, one pint, one coke and one irish coffee cost 55€.

Nonetheless, if you do not have a reservation, you will need to fight for a table, as there is no organized waitlist, it's everyone on their one trying to take the table of someone getting up to leave. An important note is that we did have to "fight" for our table and we've arrived by 18h30!
Written August 21, 2022
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Barb W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Business
I took a group of 23 women traveling together from the United States to Brazenhead for dinner one night while in Dublin. We arrived there around 6:30, (probably their peak time) and surprised them with 23 of us. Tony, the gentleman seating people, went above and beyond the call of duty. I had told them we would happily break down into any combination of tables, whenever they became available. We did not necessarily have to be seated together, but we all wanted to eventually experience the oldest pub in Ireland while we were here. At first he was taken aback by the large group, but very quickly pulled things together and provided us with our own private small room in less than 15 minutes! Our server, Alejandra, was absolutely amazing also! She was friendly, helpful, and very quickly had all our orders taken and delivered to the kitchen in no time. Our food was timely coming out to the tables, and was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend the Brazenhead to anyone visiting Dublin! Fabulous, helpful , doting servers and staff, delicious food, an historic pub, great drinks, and the perfect way to spend an evening in Dublin! A special thanks to Tony and Alejandra! For taking such good care of us!
Written August 29, 2023
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Shaw
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
It was busy for a Monday night
Waited a long time long for our food and unfortunately it was not worth the wait. Bangers and mashed were served with boiled carrots and peas my husband only ate the meat I had a burger that was not great for $20!
The fries were flavorless and burger was bland we were
Very disappointed and wished we had gone somewhere else. The nice family we shared our table with were also very disappointed too. Won’t return or recommend
Written June 26, 2023
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