A gastropub just off Grafton Street. Bright and modern design make this refurbished pub a pleasure to while away the hours. Food is excellent - try the sea bass on asparagrus risotto - and good value. There’s decent pints of Guinness and a very good wine list. One negative, food is not served after 8pm.
4 Chatham Road, Dublin 2; tel: 00 353 1 679 2909
The best (maybe only) local in the centre of Dublin. Basic - even down-at-heel - it succeeds in being both pretentious and unpretentious at the same time. Pullulates with penurious artists, wannabe Joyces and alcoholic has-beens diluting their woes in stout. Staff are firm but fair and sometimes friendly. You can have any grub you want as long as it's a ham and cheese toastie or a variant thereof.
The walls are chock full of the patrons' art - a democratic explosion of crap and colour that does much to brighten the dim interior. You never know, you may even pick up a future Hib-Art gem for next to nothing. Quirky. Incomparable. Essential.
15 South William Street, Dublin 2; tel: 677 9320
This is one of the last and (in my opinion) one of the best traditional Dublin pubs. Tucked away down an alley off Dame Street, it is characterised by dim lighting and pints of excellent Guinness lined up along the bar. It does food (of the traditional variety), there's a good crowd and it has a small snug but you have to get there early to get a seat.
Dame Court, off Dame Street
Head south out of Temple Bar and you will find a long road full of interesting restaurants and shops that will tickle you fancy. Eventually you´ll reach Portobello Harbour, an old canal mooring now smartened up with cafes and shops.
Highlights include Solas and Carnival bar. Good pubs to go to are O'Connels and Wheelan's. Grab something to eat from Bretzel's Jewish bakery, which has the best bread in south Dublin, and wander down the canal, weather permitting, of course.
Off Dame St, down George St and keep on going
A lovely old pub. It has the original frosted glass, a big wooden bar, and dusty pictures of writers who used to frequent the place, like Brendan Behan. But best of all, it has a snug. Look to your right when you walk in. Sometimes it's included on the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, but don't wait for them to take you. Stop in for a pint.
21 Fleet Street
It's at the entrance to Temple Bar off Westmoreland Street. You might not notice it.
This pub has possibly the most intimidating exterior in Dublin and indisputably the most horrible interior (all flock wallpaper and smelly carpets). The owner doesn't help by only opening when he feels like it. But for some odd reason, it's a great little place, with a surprisingly funky clientele, often made up of Spanish and Italian students who live locally. Also, it's cheap.
Corner of Parnell Street and Marlborough Street
This is a really nice neighbourhood pub. It sells tasty stone-baked pizzas and has a quiz every Monday night. The people who work there and the people who drink there are welcoming and relaxed.
62 Gowlett Road, East Dulwich, London, SE15 4HY
A cracking, friendly South London pub/comedy club with great acts and a top atmosphere. Perfect antidote to some stuffy West End night spots. Inside, its like a tardis with a maze of coridors and old fashioned function rooms which are packed by 7 on weekends. Comedian's who have cut their teeth at the famous 'banana caberet' include Dave Gorman, David Baddiel and Ross Noble. Get there early!
77 Bedford Hill, Balham SW12 9HD, www.thebedford.co.uk, 020 8682 8940
To call it old-fashioned (as many reviews do) would be INappropriate. It's a pub which does as pubs do, and it does it well. A tried and trusted formula; serve good beer, get a nice set of staff, get rid of menacing door staff, get some tables, seats and stools for your customers (instead of a 'dance floor'), turn OFF the music and...watch people making (very) merry.
51 Great Georges Street South(2 mins from Grafton St)Tel: + 353 (0) 1 475 1590http://www.dublinks.com/index.cfm/loc/11/pt/0/spid/8245B78A-DF3A-4C76-96A743F3A384B90A.htm
A great, cosy pub with reasonably priced drinks right in the heart of the West End. Fireside downstairs, friendly bar staff, relaxed vibe, old-style, no-nonsense interior... I've been in Australia for 2 years and am going home for Christmas... save me a seat and a pint of that lager I can't pronounce!
Kingly Street. Turn off Regent Street onto Beak Street, first left, it's on your right. Nearest tube Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus.
This establishment is trying to be an English pub, but fails because it’s a little too kitsch and not quite cosy enough. The worst bit of décor is the ‘phone box’ doors on the loos. However, the staff are friendly and the food is good, and if you’re hankering after a British pint you could do a lot worse. It’s also got the inevitable ‘big screen’ for sports. Attached to the pub there is a coffee and cake shop which looks very appetising.
Ulitsa Rubinshteyna (just off Nevskiy Prospekt)
The Dickens pub is an authentic British pub in the heart of Riga's old town. I know people go abroad for the local culture and not what's on offer back home, but this place is so unexpected it's worth a visit. When you step through the door you could be anywhere in the UK, the pub has been done out really well and is not at all like a theme park product. It also has one of the most extensive selection of beers available in the Latvian capital.
Pub - Bang in the centre of Berwick street this pub offers fine ales, a tip-top jukebox and lush red wallpaper. Can become overstuffed with media ya-hoos but try it on a Saturday afternoon for a slow-burning booze up when you can soak up the sounds of the market traders and insulate yourself from the biting cold of a London winter.
Berwick Street - Neraest Tube - Leicester Square/ Picadilly Circus
Great 'gastro-pub' - but not the usual dump done up with church chairs, this place is a preserved gem. The ceilings and details inside are worth the trip alone. Also has good beers, food and the crowd is decent too - the area itself has a few other good pubs/restaurants and a great theatre/cinema across the road, not the Kilburn of years ago!
Kilburn High Road, 5 mins walk right out of Kilburn tube or 2 mins from Brondesbury Silverlink.
In the old city and Kazimierz you will find many pubs and clubs, where you can spend the whole night (there is not any time limits for parties ;). Get your friends and forget about your problems - you will spend the best time of your life in those cheap, very often free places.
The old city in the city center and district called Kazimierz (on the south of the old city).
Used to be the Duke of Wellington's officers mess, and is now arguably the smallest pub in London, located on the edge of Belgravia. It's certainly still old fashioned, dark and atmospheric and is said to have one of the old soldiers as a ghost. There's an equally small (20-seater) restaurant at the rear with a good reputation. Pub speciality - Bloody Mary.
Wilton Row, SW1
Tube: Hyde Park Corner
Large, central pub with great beer and good food - mixed clientele (locals/tourists) and (by Prague standards) friendly staff. There's plenty of room if you keep going back into the hall.
Na Perštýně 7, 100 01 Praha 1, opposite Tesco's;
Part of a pub/bar chain run by Pilsner Urquell. I believe there are three or four situated throughout Prague, the best in my opinion being Celnice (near the Obneci Dum) and Olympia (on the other side of the river). Though they look very plush, the food is great value and delicious. The beer, naturally is divine and very reasonable considering the location of the pubs.
V kolkovnì 8, 110 00 Praha 1; Tel: +420 224 819 701
The Bombardier is a typical British pub stuck between the stunning Panthéon and the Saint Etienne du Mont Church. That might explain why the setting is so different. Everything inside is made of wood and old stones just like the monuments outside. You won't meet as many "Grands Hommes" as in the Panthéon but big screens will help you to support your favourite football or rugby team.
Before the match, go for the delicious "Fish in beer batter" meal. Food is very original, just like beers. Try the old fashioned "Bombardier Cask" beer during the Happy Hours (16h00 to 21h00. Opens at 8 am and closes at 2. am, 7 days a week.
Bombardier, place du Panthéon - 75005 Paris.Tel.:01 43 54 79 22. How to go: metro Maubert-Mutualité, line 10 or RER B Luxembourg.
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