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“Visit soon, increasinly rare in city centre”
Review of Stag's Head Dublin

Stag's Head Dublin
Ranked #13 of 297 Nightlife in Dublin
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Owner description: You truly capture a sense of the hidden Ireland when you accidentally stumble upon The Stag’s Head. This is probably Dublin’s best preserved Victorian pub - and everything here is of authentic Victorian origin. Take time to look around and savour the sumptuously carved Victorian mahogany fittings, the mosaic marble tiled floors and granite tabletops. Visiting the Stag’s Head is a wondrous experience wether you call when the premises is cosy, warm and glowing at night time, or in early morning when this is old repository of liquid culture is radiantly illuminated by wafts of sunlight filtering through the stained glass windows. The mahogany bar, capped with red Connemara marble, follows the classic Victorian architectural pattern, being long and punctuated by exquisite partitions that divide into private compartments or stalls.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

This is a pub I like but frequent less than I used to. It has become a little overrun in recent years. The biggest downside to The Stag's Head is the growth of tourism, combined with its proximity to Temple Bar (it is the far side of Dame St and in an alley but still uncomfortably close) and its city centre location. The result is it can be overcrowded, especially at weekends. The upstairs is a bare room, lacking in any atmosphere, that is only opened at busy times and accessible from Dame Lane. The under street level vies for space with the toilet facilities (basic) and features trad sessions, which in my opinion would be far more genuine, though obviously less lucrative, if held in the main front bar. The room at the rear (also accessible from Dame Lane or through the front bar) is just ok, service can be patchy, bar counter a rough job, no atmosphere really - just cashing in on that of the front bar. I'd certainly not describe it as a "snug' in traditional pub sense. The real gem is the front bar area, accessible from Dame Court. Once upon a time, before Dublin pubs were "discovered" that was the entire pub. Get a seat here in this Victorian gem (far from easy) and you will have found a genuine pub, not swamped by music and TV. People actually talk!! I'd recommend for early in week. Good guinness too, needless to say, or I would not even review it. Pricey though. As I said, more and more on fringe of tourist areas. Visit while you can, it may be swamped soon and surrender its soul entirely. Still highly recommended and I hope it survives. It is getting increasingly difficult to find proper pubs in the centre where local regulars congregate, but for now this has still remnants of one, provided that is you get seated in the front bar.

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Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

I booked a number of tables in the Stags head for my birthday drinks. Booking was not a problem and the staff were only too happy to help. We asked for the Upstairs bar and got two tables in a prime location up there.

A nice personal touch was when the bar man came down to shake my hand and wish me a happy birthday.

I really like the Stags Head and would highly recommend dropping in if you are in Dublin.

Thank Drbinoche
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Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

When I come to Dublin I like to visit here. Great atmosphere. Well poured pints.. It has to be on any list of pub crawl pubs of Dublin..

Thank tdowney98
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Reviewed December 6, 2014

Nice and quiet place to seek shelter from all the street action. The interior decoration is extraordinary.
We had a Caesar salad with chicken, which is not worth mentioning.

Thank sampo3108
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Reviewed December 1, 2014

Probably the best pint of guiness I have ever had but, and its a big BUT, a guy started playing the guitar randomly in the bar, and the barman made him stop. WHAT IS GOIING ON HERE? Random music used to be the hallmark of this beautiful city. Not any more it seems. The putative musician did not want to argue with the 6ft 2 in barman with the tattoo of barbed wire around his arm, and I don't blame him. What a shame.

Thank TLF-Somersham
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