A Pint of Plain is Your Only Man


Posted by wendy | Posted in expat life | Posted on 28-05-2011

Before you think I am all awesome and literary, the title of this blog didn’t come from me. I got the title from 24 Great Walks in Dublin by Frommers. I got this book last time I was home at Borders for a song.

If you are ever going to visit Dublin, I would highly recommend this book. The book breaks up different interests of Dublin and got just enough information to be interesting. Now I have been here for a while, most of these places are the places I walk by regularly but never know the history of. So it’s kind of nice to put a place to a face sort to speak.

Since we were going to go to the city center (yarn shopping!) I thought it would be a good idea to do a walk. Dublin is not super walkable like Copenhagen or Munich, but as long as you are careful you won’t get run over. Though I almost got run over a few times, but I am bad at crossing the street like that.

We started out at my utmost favorite shopping center Powerscourt Towhouse Center. The place was built in 1774 and converted to a shopping center in the late 1980s. It’s a nice place to have a cup of coffee and hang out. And most important of all, it’s got a yarn shop!

After that, we started our pub tour! Note, we didn’t go to every pub on the list. That would ‘take half a day to all day, depending how thirsty you are’ according to the guide book. By the time we started it was around 5, and if we take half a day it would be too late to catch the train! And no, we didn’t drink in every pub, just one very important pub.

Pub 1 : O’Neills

This public house has been around for almost 300 years. And before it was a pub, 1,000 years ago, it was the Viking parliament called the Thing. Brilliant name! We didn’t go inside for a pint.

On the way to our next destination, we saw this busker playing a guitar made out of an oil can. He sounded pretty good! I love how people make musical instruments out of random items, so creative. There was also a little person dressed up as a leprechaun. I am all for people busking, but I find it kind of wrong. But whatever you got to do I guess!

Oh also passed by a random guy wearing a kilt texting. There must be some event going on because I saw several group of men wearing kilts.

Bunch of people wearing kelts

Pub 2: McDaids
This place is a famous hangout for writers. We went inside and it’s a really tiny pub with plaque of many famous writers. The decor of this pub is Victorian which I find very pleasing. It’s tiny inside though! Though we stopped in we didn’t get a pint. Start seeing a trend here people?


Pub 3 : Mulligan’s

Outside of Mulligans

This was our last stop. By now it’s 7ish, though it’s still bright out, the sky is starting to look angry. An angry sky, is a bad sky so making this our last stop was the most prudent thing to do.

I wanted to visit this pub because rumor has it that JFK enjoyed a pint here when he visited in 1945. James Joyce also wrote about it in Ulysses. The guide book said this is a classic example of working men pub.

I had a pint here!
My Pint!

It was yummy but I wouldn’t say the best pint I ever had! Sorry Mulligan’s fans!

Today happen to be some big rugby match. So Mr wanted to stay and watch it. We rooted for the guy in the red uniform, which was pretty dangerous consider everyone in the pub was rooting for blue uniform. While Mr cheered quietly with his pint, I mostly took photos and read the news paper.


By the way, the red guys won and we drained our pints and took the train home just in time for the rain to start.