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The Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Pub

Edmondstown Road | Rockbrook, Dublin Dublin 16, Ireland
+353 1 493 1495
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A Country Boy's Dream

When we signed up for our CIE Tours International trip, I saw this place listed as one of our... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
William S
Greensboro, North Carolina
Highly recommend. Wonderful music and dance as well as a nice meal

We arrived with intrepidation as there was about 6 buses and we were concerned BUT it was not an... read more

Reviewed June 14, 2017
Dromana, Australia
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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 25 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 7.50 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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Edmondstown Road | Rockbrook, Dublin Dublin 16, Ireland
+353 1 493 1495
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we signed up for our CIE Tours International trip, I saw this place listed as one of our stops. I yawned and thought "what a tourist trap this must be". Well, there were tourists there--a couple of hundred of us--but it was no cheap...More

2  Thank William S
Reviewed June 14, 2017 via mobile

We arrived with intrepidation as there was about 6 buses and we were concerned BUT it was not an issue. The place was packed, the food was good, the irish music was the best we have heard and the dance acts were like we were...More

1  Thank frankst
Reviewed May 31, 2017

Our tour group (35 people) went here our first night in Dublin. It was a perfect introduction to Irish humor and music. Part of the evening included audience sing along and even some audience participation on stage. There was lots of singing and Irish dancing....More

2  Thank AmandaOldRog
Reviewed May 28, 2017

We went on our first night of the CIE Tour. I would have never gone on my own because it looks too touristy & from the ads it seems to be goofy. It turned out to be one of the highlights of our tour! Perhaps...More

Thank LABeacham
Reviewed May 25, 2017

Musicians played a variety of music and great at getting crowd involved. We were a family of 4 with 2 young adult boys who enjoyed the show also. Food was delicious and service wonderful. Irish dancing also performed! We took the shuttle they provide. It...More

Thank ljd7biker
Reviewed May 16, 2017 via mobile

Best night ever!!:) The Merry Ploughboy's offer an absolute completely delightful evening! The food was delicious, and the music & Irish dancing were superb! This was one of the highlights of our 12 day trip to Ireland! Don't miss this!!

Thank sfmfnp
Reviewed May 14, 2017

Came to the Merry Ploughboy for the meal and show. We had a great evening! The venue was the upper floor of the pub, and we were all seated at long tables. The food was lovely, and huge portions! (Did anyone else notice that the...More

Thank vikplayer
Reviewed May 7, 2017

I have been to several Irish shows. Merry Plowboys was a great show and the food was very good. We had to take a bus to the location about a 20 minute trip and a bus returning to your hotel. I didn't find significant difference...More

Thank GWW
MerryPloughboy, Owner at The Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Pub, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2017

Thank you for your review and we are pleased to see that you enjoyed your overall experience at the award-winning show at the Merry Ploughboy.The pub is situated in the scenic Dublin Mountains, a fantastic natural amenity enjoyed by both Dubliners and visitors to our...More

Reviewed May 6, 2017 via mobile

We stopped here after our 1.5hr trek up to Tribadden Mountains and it was a welcome pitstop for the family of four to recharge and replenish the batteries. The staff were very friendly and the smell of burning firewood and turf as we entered brought...More

Thank Julieanne O
Reviewed May 1, 2017 via mobile

We were with a large tour tour group. The service was great. The food orders were taken and the food came quickly. We loved our meals and the dessert was wonderful as well. Irish coffee included and the music and dancing were also great. It...More

Thank Marla B
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Cathy F
May 27, 2017|
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Response from GWW | Reviewed this property |
I sent them an email and their response was very timely.
Peter and Maryk... R
April 24, 2017|
Response from MerryPloughboy | Property representative |
Hi Peter, unfortunately that date is currently fully booked. If you drop us an email with your details we can waitlist you. We would be happy to help arrange a direct pick-up for your gang from the Powerscourt Hotel with one... More
April 18, 2017|
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Response from MerryPloughboy | Property representative |
Hi Med9, you can purchase "tickets" online, (including shuttle transfer from your choice of city centre locations) directly from the Merrry Ploughboy Pub website. You will receive a confirmation email which you may print off... More