Dublin's Northside: the best pubs and grub

By , 4th March 2016

After exploring all of the Northside’s best tourist attractions, you’ll probably be hungry and have worked up a serious thirst. But fret not, we’re here to make your life easier with our guide to the Northside’s best pubs and grub.

We’ve provided a list of our favourite places to eat and drink, which are all within easy reach of your favourite Dublin museums, sites and sporting venues!

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The Winding Stair has come a long way from its days as a tweed mill and is one of the Northside’s foremost haunts for home-cooked grub. Situated directly across from the Ha’penny Bridge, the quaint restaurant places a particular importance on serving produce from artisan suppliers, thus ensuring guests are treated to the best in Irish fare.

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A sister restaurant to the The Winding Stair and located adjacent, The Wooden Mills is an ideal pit stop for a delicious breakfast or a filling and tasty lunch. Drawing influences from Mediterranean, Caribbean, Middle- Eastern and – naturally – traditional Irish flavours, The Wooden Mills, never fails to keep the punters impressed.

L. Mulligan Grocer is home to hearty food that’s guaranteed to fuel your Northside adventure. The traditional Irish pub serves food everyday from 5pm and is found within walking distance of the Old Jameson Distillery. As well as its mouth-watering menu, Mulligan’s also boasts an outstanding whiskey and craft beer menu – so crack upon a bottle of I.P.A and enjoy!

Dublin Northside food and drink

Exactly what it says on the tin, The Church is an atmospheric restaurant housed in a renovated church located close to Henry Street – the Northside’s premier shopping street. The stylish bar and restaurant offers an extensive menu and is ideally suited to picky eaters as they’re sure to find something to their taste at The Church.

Located in the heart of Phibsborough, Woodstock is a down-to-earth restaurant and wine bar, which blends a cosy and warm atmosphere with a chic and modern interior. The restaurant is the perfect spot to grab a quick lunch as its deli counter offers an extensive choice of salads, fillings, wraps and rolls as well as serving delicious homecooked meals – perfect nourishment for exploring Dublin on cold rainy days.


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The Lotts Café Bar is the proud owner of the smallest snug in Dublin and is conveniently found around the corner from the Ha’penny Bridge. The pub’s historical and colourful façade only adds to the bar’s welcoming and jovial atmosphere and is a foolproof option for those wishing to experience some Dublin charm. Serving excellent cocktails and hosting live music every Friday night, it’s a great spot to start your party weekend.

Specialising in world and craft beers, Porterhouse North is situated close to Glasnevin Cemetery and the National Botanic Gardens. Housed in a converted garage, the art-deco pub has an exhaustive list of beers, cocktails and spirits for guests to try. The bar also has an array of special drink offers during the week and is an ideal budget option for those cash-strapped tourists.

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Describing itself as a “drinking pub with a music problemCobblestone’s is a traditional bar which places a big emphasis on respecting Irish music and culture. Widely frequented by some of the country’s most talented musicans, the bar plays host to traditional music sessions seven days a week as well as sessions by an Uilleann Pipe session on the first Tuesday night of every month.

At least eight generations of the Kavanagh family have worked behind the bar of John Kavanagh – The Gravediggers and let’s hope the proud hardworking tradition will continue as the bar is as much of an institution in Glasnevin as the cemetery itself. Retaining all the history, character and charm of its former years The Gravediggers ensures punters can enjoy a pint of creamy Guinness in authentic surroundings.

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Fagans has been a drinking oasis for more than 90 years and is the proud watering hole of many famous actors and sports stars as well as former Taoisigh (Prime Ministers). Located close to Croke Park, or Croker as it’s known colloquially, visitors to Fagans can combine their love of the Black Stuff with learning all about the traditional Irish sports of Hurling and Gaelic Football at the GAA Museum.

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