Affordability - 9
Romance - 7.6
Taste - 7.3
- His Top Tips
2. Of all of the bars that I visited in Dublin, this one was the cheapest and easiest in which to meet new people. Literally the entire bar partied as a group well beyond close.
3. A short walk from Temple Bar, on a sunny day this is a perfect place to grab a late afternoon pint.
With my ticket to Dublin booked and a liver more than prepared thanks to one week in London under my belt, I was expecting a weekend full of dark, sweaty pubs and enough Guinness to put me in to a coma. Thus when I happened to be lounging over six pints of beer, all of various brands and nationalities, staring out at the massive green space in front of the Pavilion Bar, I couldn’t help but wonder where I was. Of course, the six pints of beer came after a tour of the Guinness Factory where a few friends and I had managed to snag many, many more than the allotted “one free glass.” That could have had something to do with my confusion.
Original Photography From: Couple of Yuppies
I was in Dublin for a weekend, so I would feel stupid to make a sweeping statement like, “This is the absolute best place in Dublin to grab a pint on a sunny day!” However, I find it hard to imagine that there would be anywhere better. A great mix of people from all around the world, travellers as well as students (The Pavilion is affiliated with Trinity College), made for easy mingling and a lot of laughs. My friend who took me to the Pavilion was from Dublin and claimed that it was one of the most popular spots in the city among locals. While nursing your pint you can chill on the massive steps of the patio (which I did for a little while), have a nap on the edge of the enormous lawn if you need to (which I probably should have done), or party it up with the Irish (which was the reason why I slept until 2pm the next day).
The drinks are pretty reasonable… including the price of Guinness. A pint of the dark stuff is $5.50 CAD. A pitcher of Tenants for about $11.50 CAD is also a great deal. However, your absolute best bet is to grab 4 cans of Bavaria/Fosters/Prazsky/Amstel for $10 CAD. If I remember right, they were tall boys as well (All prices have been converted from Euros to Canadian Dollars. Remember, Dublin is in Ireland, not the UK. You will need Euros on hand, not British Pounds).