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“Best night out in Ireland.”

The Merry Ploughboy Irish Music Pub
Ranked #2 of 72 Concerts & Shows in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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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“Best night out in Ireland.”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

This was the last night we had in Ireland and a surprise as this was our second choice! Thank goodness we lucked in! What a fantastic night of good food and wonderful music and dance. Please go and see this if you're in Dublin! A MUST SEE!!!

Visited September 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Good Food &Friendly Staff”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Had lunch here and was lovely the food was all freshly cooked and would definitely recommend the wings and beef and Guinness pie. Well worth a visit

Visited September 2013
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Banstead, United Kingdom
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“Superb evening, with food as good as the music and dancing”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

On a previous visit to Dublin we'd wanted to see some Irish dance, and tried the Arlington. (That was okay, but a bit tacky, and food mediocre.) Having studied the websites we pre-booked an evening at the Merry Ploughboy: on peak days you probably need to pre-book, and we were glad we did. Well worth the taxi-ride out of Dublin: a superb evening. First surprise: only about 6 Brits in the audience (not that that mattered), this seems to be on the coach trip circuit and most punters were Scandis, Americans, French, you name it. Food quite superb, and very copious (unlike the Arlington): even our rugby-playing son could hardly finish his beef. The band are excellent, even by Irish standards: the dancing likewise (esp the boys), though it would have been nice to see more of it. Only regret was that we failed to realise the band would start playing again in the downstairs bar: by then we'd booked our taxi back into the city.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“Very good but very corporate”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

Great place, lovely food and very good entertainment. Only negative comment would be that the whole experience felt a little bit too “corporate “ and “touristy”... i.e. like going to the Moulin Rouge if you visit Paris.
Nevertheless if you have only one night in Dublin and want to experience the “typical” pub+music thing in Dublin go there. Mind you it’s quite far from the centre of Dublin.

Visited September 2013
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“Traditional Irish Music Pub”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

If you visit this event get ready to Laugh Dance Clap and be VERY entertained by amazing music and dance!

Fantastic food drink and fun!
The Merry Ploughboys get everyone involved and moving around after the meal which is Irish Traditional Fare...My Lamb was fall off the bone delicious! the portions are large so do not eat before lol!

Visited October 2013
Thank Robin07Toronto
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