Clarion Hotel Dublin Liffey Valley
Liffey Valley Complex
Phone: (353) 1 6258000
Fax: (353) 1 6258010
Bars & Cafes
This pub is a great place to spend an evening with friends or making new ones. Great beer, good food and comfortable atmosphere are the highlight of this place. Clonsilla Inn is best known for its friendly bar staff and local patrons who drop in regularly. Weekends mostly find bands playing live music.
Boomers bar, located in the Dutch Village in Dublin, doesn't fail to keep its regulars entertained. Expect live music, lots of beer and typical pub chatter to keep you going through the night. So, step out and hit the pub to have a fun-filled evening with your mates.
The Hole In The Wall is reputed to be the longest public house in Europe. It is situated at the edge of Dublin's beautiful Phoenix Park, and is a great spot for a pint on a summer evening. On Sundays, a carvery lunch is served. Traditional Irish ballad sessions are also a regular staple.
In the inconspicuous area of Kilmainham, down an inconspicuous lane, sits one of Dublin’s most inconspicuous, authentic pubs. The Royal Oak’s sign swings above an unmarked doorway, and first-time visitors may feel a sense of apprehension as they nudge their way inside. But they needn’t. On weekends the tiny front room is filled with a real mix of folk, and with no jukebox, the only soundtrack is the pleasant cacophony of idle chatter. The Guinness is good, and the more mature patrons who occupy the snug are not averse to an old sing-song as the evening draws on. - Gareth Thornton
Ryan's is a classy Victorian pub situated not far from the entrance of Phoenix Park. In the past, this traditional pub laid claim to the fact that it had the country's president as a regular, but nowadays it's generally full of twenty-somethings who reside in the dozens of apartment complexes along the quays. At the back of the pub you can relax with your pint in one of the few cozy snugs. The place is now a part of FXB Restaurants.
While Dublin is hardly blessed with the most spectacular of skylines, panoramic views are definitely the in-thing with the city's drinkers these days. The Smithfield Chimney may be slightly taller, but this stylish bar on the sixth floor of the newly-opened Guinness Storehouse offers breath-taking 360 degree views of Dublin, where you'll be able to view all the rampant construction across the city for yourself. The booze may be expensive but the indulgence is worth it. Average cost: Eur8
Chill out with your buddies at the Dice bar. The red and black colors add a modern touch to the decor. Be it country music or the blues, the place is equally crowded. No one can but resist the foot tapping music. After a hard day's work, relax with your favorite drink and enjoy a friendly chat with your pals. The friendly and efficient bar staff add to the experience.
Part-owned by Huey from US rock outfit, Fun Lovin' Criminals, this new bar may take some getting used to. It's well worth a trek down the quays for the variety of eerie, supernatural murals, candle-lit wooden tables and long bar. But, then there's the hip-hop, the dancing bouncer, and a two-storey wall of green flashing lights. With so many of Dublin's super-pubs conforming to the same basic formula, Voodoo's unashamed weirdness is refreshing. Don't expect to find Huey supping pints at the bar, though.
Given the fact that the Smithfield Square area is currently undergoing a major facelift at the moment, it's quite likely that the Cobblestone will become extremely popular in the not-too-distant future. At present, however, the pub offers traditional music in an authentic Dublin setting, featuring live music at the weekends. The upstairs venue also plays host to a variety of traditional, folk and rock acts. It's always worth a visit, particularly on a Saturday night when the spectacular gas lamps in the adjacent Smithfield Square are burning brightly.
Chief O'Neill's is at the heart of a renewal scheme for Smithfield, one of Dublin's most interesting and vibrant inner city neighbourhoods. This large venue features a late bar during the weekend and hosts the best in traditional Irish music. The setting wonderfully combines a modern freshness with a sense of Irish culture which is still vibrant today. Combined with Ceol, its other venue, this bar/auditorium hosts some of the best St Patrick's Day gigs as well as keeping the sessions going all year round.
Located a little out from the city center, this spacious bar is certainly worth a visit if traditional music's your thing. Featuring live music most nights, the pub has quite a reputation for its impromptu set-dancing sessions that attract a wide cross-section of Dublin punters. The bar stays open late on certain nights.
Across the river from the Four Courts stands The Brazen Head, reputed to be the oldest pub in Europe. A tavern has stood on this site since Viking times and The Brazen Head celebrated its 800th birthday in 1998. James Joyce was a regular and makes two references to a "Brazen Head" in Ulysses. Today one can enjoy a drink, order some scrumptious food and listen to the impromptu Irish traditional sessions that usually take place at the weekend; all in a historical and literary setting.