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Dublin Literary Pubs

Step inside a Dublin pub and you may be following in the footsteps of a famous Dublin writer. Many pubs in Dublin UNESCO City of Literature are closely associated with literature and were often visited by writers such as James Joyce and Samuel Beckett.  Even today Dublin bars are a place of conversation and exchange of ideas. 



The Bailey, Duke Street

Patrons: Dublin pub, The Bailey was visited by Brendan Behan, James Joyce, Patrick Kavanagh, James Stephens, Padraic Colum, Tom Kettle, Flann O'Brien, Brinsley McNamara and Oliver St John Gogarty  


The Bleeding Horse, Upper Camden Street

Patrons Dublin writer, James Clarence Mangan, visited The Bleeding Horse

Notes: Mentioned in the works of Sean O'Casey

Described by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu in The Cock and the Anchor (1845)

Mentioned in Ulysses ('Eumaeus' episode)


The Brazen Head, Lwr Bridge Street

Notes: Dublin bar, The Brazen Head was incorrectly mentioned in Ulysses ('Eumaeus' episode) as 'the Brazen Head over in Winetavern Street'.


Brian Boru/Hedigans, Prospect Road, Glasnevin

Notes: Dublin pub Brian Boru/Hedigans was mentioned in Ulysses ('Hades' episode), Mentioned in Sean O'Casey's Pictures in the Hallway


Davy Byrnes, 2 Duke Street

Patrons Dublin bar Davy Byrnes was frequented by such famous Dublin writers as James Joyce; Padraic O'Conaire; F.R. Higgins (Abbey Theatre); Brendan Behan

Notes: Mentioned in Ulysses ('Lestrygonians' episode)


The Duke, Duke Street

Patrons Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh visited Dublin pub The Duke

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Fitzgerald's (formerly The Norseman, formerly J.J. O'Neills), Temple Bar

Notes: Dublin bar, Fitzgerald's was mentioned in Ulysses ('Wandering Rocks' episode), Mentioned in Dubliners ('Counterparts')


Gill's, North Circular Road/Jones's Road

Patrons Gill's was visited by Dublin writer Brendan Behan


Grogan's, South William Street

Patrons Literary pub, Grogan's was visited by Flann O'Brien and Liam O'Flaherty


Horseshoe Bar, Shelbourne Hotel

Patrons Horseshoe Bar has been frequented by an astounding array of writers including Elizabeth Bowen, William Makepeace Thackeray, Rudyard Kipling

Notes: The Shelbourne Hotel is the setting for George Moore's Drama in Muslin


Horse & Tram (formerly Mooney's), Eden Quay

Notes: Dubilin pub Horse & Tram was mentioned in Ulysses ('Sirens' episode)


Kennedy's (formerly Conway's), Westland Row

Patrons Two of Dublin's most famous writers Samuel Beckett and James Joyce visited Kennedy's.

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Larry O'Rourkes, Eccles Street/Dorset Street

Notes: Dublin pub Larry O'Rourke was mentioned in Ulysses ('Calypso' episode)


McDaid's, Harry Street

Patrons McDaid's was a popular spot for many Dublin writers including Patrick Kavanagh, Brendan Behan, Flann O'Brien, Austin Clarke, Anthony Cronin, Liam O'Flaherty, J.P. Donleavy

Notes: The unofficial headquarters of the influential Envoy literary magazine.

Door of 7 Eccles Street [home of Leopold Bloom] was preserved here – now in the James Joyce Cultural Centre

Further Reading:

Anthony Cronin, Dead As Door Nails

John Ryan, Remembering How We Stood


Mulligan's, Poolbeg Street

Notes: Dublin pub Mulligan's was mentioned in Dubliners ('Counterparts')


Mullingar House Inn, Chapelizod

Patrons Joyce Plaque

Notes: Dublin bar Mullingar House Inn was mentioned in Finnegans Wake [Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker was the publican here]


Neary's, Chatham Street

Patrons Neary's was visited by Dublin writers Brendan Behan, Flann O'Brien


Oval Pub, Middle Abbey Street

Notes: Dublin bar, Oval Pub was mentioned in  Ulysses ('Wandering Rocks' episode), Mentioned in Samuel Beckett's More Pricks than Kicks.

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The Palace Bar, Fleet Street

Patrons Many famous Dublin writers visited The Palace Bar including F.R. Higgins, Brinsley McNamara, Patrick Kavanagh, Austin Clarke, John Betjeman

Notes: Literary gathering conducted by Robert M. Smyllie (editor of the Irish Times) throughout the 1930s and 1940s


Searson's, Baggot Street

Patrons Patrick Kavanagh visited Dublin pub, Searson's


Toner's, Baggot Street

Patrons Famous writers Oliver St. John Gogarty and W.B. Yeats visited Toner's. In fact Toner's is the only Dublin pub visited by W.B. Yeats


The Waterloo, Baggot Street

Patrons Patrick Kavanagh visited Dublin bar The Waterloo


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