The 7 Pubs of Christmas

There is a lot of craic to be had between now and December 25th and there are plenty of places to have the bants in Dublin. Some pubs really love, love, love Christmas and we thought we’d suggest seven that we think you should check out.

craic – fun           the bants – fun

  •  The Gingerman, Fenian Street, Dublin 2 

Tucked in behind Trinity College and just a short stumble from Pearse Street DART station, this is a staple of the post-work crew. Many a good intention has gone missing in here, mainly because of the positive atmosphere the owners create here every evening And they really go all out around Christmas time with Santas, elves, tinsel and mistletoe hanging from every available overhead space. Great fun.

stumble – not walk properly    staple – something they do regularly 

Many a good intention has gone missing in here – You go into a pub saying I\’m only staying for one and three hours later you are doing the cha-cha around the pub 

  • The Hole in the Wall, Blackhorse Ave, Phoenix Park, Dublin 7

People who live up around here try their best to keep this place quiet because it’s such a beautiful secret at any time of the year but at Christmas, it’s extra special. Take a walk in the nearby Phoenix Park on a clear and crisp day and just as the sun turns its back to wave goodbye, head for the Hole in the Wall. You won’t regret it. The injection of Christmas spirit will last a long time.

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  • The Blue Light, Dublin Mountains

On the other side of the city and equally tough to get to, is The Blue Light. Back before they were famous, this was a favourite haunt of Bono and the lads from U2, but everywhere in Dublin says that. You’re unlikely to spot him here these days but there’s a great view over Dublin and there’s usually plenty of fun to be had. Definitely a pub to go to with close friends. Be prepared to stay a while though as it takes an effort to get there and you’re unlikely to want to leave once you settle in.

tough – difficult        haunt – place to socialise

  • Strawberry Hall, Chapelizod

A little outside the city centre in Chapelizod is the Strawberry Hall. According to tradition, they have been going mad here with Christmas decorations since the 1950s and every year there’s more tinsel, more reindeers and snow. A great pub with a surprising country feel.

Strawberry Hall

  • Whelan’s, Wexford St, Dublin 2

Everyone gotta get some live music into them over the Christmas and this is as good as any and sometimes better than most. In Dublin, it’s famous around this time of year because of the multitude of reunion gigs featuring former Irish greats. Check the listings and see what’s on. You never know what you’ll get.

  • Mc Daid’s, Harry Street

Every Dubliner has a pub in town that they go to every Christmas. It seems that many of them choose this one, and for good reason. Tasty pints, very friendly barmen and dripping with the history of the writers and artists who used to patronise it. It’s fine place to spend a couple of hours in the city around the festive season.

patronise – go/spend money here

  • Bruxelles, Harry Street

OK so every city in the world has a place like this but it’s so handy and so laid back that’s it worth putting on your radar. We are in no way suggesting that this is the best nightclub in the world but it is a place with a late licence and it has three separate ‘areas’ including a spot for long haired and, generally really sound, rockers. Just say you know Sepultura and you’ll be fine.

laid back – easy       sound – nice


Happy Christmas everyone!