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Great location, great live music downstairs and great pints. What more could you possibly want to be honest. Ticks all the boxes for me anyway,
While you're in the Temple Bar Square, try out the stag head's sofa window. The service is great but the view is better. It's the perfect place for people watching/admiring, just remember they can see you! In the summer the windows were open.
After a day of hop-on-hop-of tours, the bus driver asked us if we were looking for a place to eat and promptly recommended this place. The food was good, the atmosphere is very nice. A little too crowded but still good service. Not too many options on the menu for vegetarians...
This was the only place in Ireland we visited more than once. We were here on our first day and then stopped back in on our way through Dublin before returning home. Great food, a nice selection of beer, and the staff was incredible. Will be going back on our next trip!
Nice place just to meet up, very busy with people coming and going it was during the day but I am sure it might settle down at night