Really good Pub! Went here on New Years Eve. No entrance fee and overpriced drinks.
Really cool is that you it is over 4 different stories. On each story there is a different culture!!
Ground - easy to get first drink & chat
1. floor - dance and drinks
2. floor - chill and keep drinking!
The Porterhouse. I hadn't been here in years so my student 'After Hours' Event this week was going to be here. Why not? They, the students, seem to like beer and they do make their own.
I had the Templebrau to start, which I found quite watery. But the Americans liked it. I won't say anything else!
Then I had the Irish Pilsner. Much better and to my taste. So I had two of those!!
And I had the 'suicide' wings. Really? Who are you trying to kid here?! They were more Slightly Depressed than Suicide.
All in all, it was quite a fun evening. My students enjoyed it. I enjoyed myself and the atmosphere was chilled, even with the music, which was quite loud.
A bit pricey, but a good selection for beer. Both times I have gone there's a reasonably sized crowd that's been there and a band (playing American covers mostly). The Porterhouse on Temple Bar is multi-levels, and I like the window that's open to the street. They also serve their own micro-brews here: I tried Porterhouse Red. I have yet to try their food.
Something that sets this place apart is the beer sampler. You could start the night here and then move on after a pint or two.
The porter house is a great spot because of the amazing craft beers they have to offer. I love the atmostphere and there is even live music sometimes which is really good. Just a guy and his guitar covering really good songs. I love going here for a drink with friends afterwork and i definately recommend bringing guests here. It is in Temple Bar so expect higher prices but you are also getting the craft beers which makes the price seem reasonable. I cant wait to try their food next time as it always smells amazing coming out of the kitchen.
I enjoy their lagers but the only reason I didn't give The Porterhouse all 5 stars is because of their cider list was much smaller and i was not a huge fan of the cider on draft the week i went. I will have to try the cider again in hopes that i can update my review to 5/5!
I love the Porterhouse! If you like variety in your beer then this is the place for you. One of the best selections I have seen in Dublin. Warm and friendly atmosphere add to the overall experience.
Eh, okay if you need to stop in for a beer or two. Beer selection was nice and the staff was friendly enough. The sweet chili wings were unique and tasted great, but from there things went south. The steak was average, pretty odd given the name of the place you would figure they should knock it out of the park with beef. Also bot the mussels which were average (not bad, but wouldn't go back for them, that's for sure), chips on the side were good.
Well, I lvoe it. I have to be really careful not to overdo my review, but I love the Porterhouse. First: Their beer is great. Probably not if you can only drink guiness, but they have their own micro brewery and their alees are great. Especially the Hop Head. So... go for it.
Food is good, but it might be already on the edge on being pricey. After all, it is Temple Bar and Temple Bar is a tourist trap - more or less. The three floors, the two bars, the interior, the everything, I just love it.
The beer selection is excellent and the atmosphere is delightful. The bartenders are not chatty, but they are attentive.
I recommend the beer sampler for 5 euros. You select three of their house beers and you end up with the same amount as a pint, but it's a tad cheaper.
As for the atmosphere, a live band plays most nights and keeps the place chipper. The noise level is not overwhelming; you can easily carry on a conversation with friends.
A great place for a drink - or two, or three - with friends.
If you like quality beer, this is one of the few places you can actually go for a good beer. It is a huge place that still manages to keep their cozy pub feel and fill all of the rooms with music and at times live music.
The food is good as well. Not amazing and they are not trying to invent the wheel but I like that they have an understanding of beer and that they brew beer themselves that are enjoyable.
The only downside is that they are a bit pricey but most of Dublin is, so if you have to spend... you might as well spend the money on a great place.
OK. This is the place for a pint. No doubt.
The food on the other hand is nothing spectacular.
I went for their Irish Stew.. figure this is Ireland, this place must have out of the world Irish Stew... Nope.. wrong.. I get watery soup with morsels of lamb..
But wait.. its Irish Stew.. it should be hearty and give you a heart attack at the end...
Nah... its just watery soup..
At least their beer isn;t watered down.. so, stick with the liquid dinner.. forget the Irish Stew..
If you are looking for a bar minus the traditional commercial Irish beers this is the spot. They have a wide variety of microbrews on tap. The set up of the bar is sectioned off into three levels. 2 of the levels have live music. The first level bar has seating behind the bar and this spot overlooks the bar and patrons coming in, fun place to sit.
Usually, the concept of a chain bar would not appeal to me; it suggests uniformity, red tape and basically something boring without creativity. However, Porterhouse is not a chain for the sake of being a chain, but is instead a chain because it is a great experience. Boasting it's own brands of beer, ale and stout (some of which are good, some of which are not-so-good), this bustling bar is worth a stop. Little did I know, this bar is actually international, with units in Dublin, Cork, New York and London!
The bar in Temple bar has four floors, and live music most evenings. And every time I have been there (all of twice), it has been packed. Fortunately, we found a corner with an interesting couple, who regaled us with many of their adventures. It's true; the people make the place. Service was prompt, but I sensed some snobbishness as I ordered one of the lighter, frillier beers - I am adventurous but broke, so went for something I knew I would like.
The music was great, and the décor was perfect. All-in-all, a bar worth stopping into if you are in any of their many locations.
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Excellent selection of Beer & Wine and Cider.
Massive and always rammed.
Missing a bit of coolness I think. Although it gets 4 stars because you can actually get a decent drink! A winner for me!
I was amazed by the vast drinks menu. Beers are verrry good, much better than any commercial beers. I'd highly recommend this place for drinks with friends.
Please do NOT eat here though, I did so recently and was disgusted. Oysters were great but kind of hard to get these wrong. Mussels were tasty but portion was TINY and Irish stew was beyond horrific - a tasteless watery soup full of potatoes with a piece of soggy bread thrown in at the side.Like whattt?
Had lunch here. Had the smokey burger. Great place if you want a big burger. I had beef, bacon, cheese, onion rings and lettuce on mine. Thick cut chips. Good value for money. Great beer selection too.
This is a great place to go for a good selection of local brews (no they do not have Guinness, but you can step away from the Guinness for a meal because it'll be worth it). The staff is really friendly and there's a very large seating area.
I liked the blue cheese garlic bread and chicken crochette and highly recommend those two items. The bruschetta and hamburger were okay, nothing to write home about.
I really wish they sold their t-shirts - they could make a lot of money off those sales alone.
By the time I came to the Porterhouse I had been used to Dublin's winding, confusing, nonsensical Victorian bars with the zig zagged staircases and little nooks to sit in. They are awesome and every bar ever should be like that, but I thought it was just old ones. But no! Oh Porterhouse, how you proved me wrong! How I got lost in you, like some sort of modern, streamlined old timey pub!
It's fitting, too, because the Porterhouse picks up where Irish brewing left off. Their Wrasslers XXX Irish Dry Stout was full-bodied and flavorful while the PHD (their special Dunkel Munich Lager) was pleasantly crisp and even a bit spicy. And of course the legendary Celebration Stout - sweet, roasty and slightly chocolatey, with a hit of berries. I brought several bottles home to the States.
There are more historic pubs and crazy stag party filled bars all over Dublin, but for beer done right this is the place.
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I don't know if my review would be 5 stars if I hadn't been living in Germany for the past few years, but be that as it may, this bar is like an oasis of amazing beers in great variety compared to the desert that is Germany for real beer fans.
What you're saying? Doesn't Germany make the best beer in the world? Only Germans say that. Germans drink the same few basic kinds of beers and there's very little variation between one brewer's pils and another. Boring. Also they are scared of hoppy bitterness. But hoppy bitterness is what I live for!
Back to the Porterhouse. Came here after a depressing experience at Oliver St. John Gogarty's and it was just magical. A fantastic Irish trad band was playing. There were 7 or 8 housemade beers on tap, and a good international selection of other beers ALSO on tap, and literally hundreds of international beers available by the bottle.
I went to get a house beer, but then I spotted my beloved Sierra Nevada Torpedo ale in a bottle, so I had to get that, but I sampled the various porters my family tried and thought they were all fantastic and way more interesting than Guiness. As we were leaving, I asked the bartender if I could buy some Sierra Nevada bottles to take with - he said, "Sure, but you can buy 4 bottles of our IPA for half as much instead. It's better." I was sold! I then asked for a bottle to close out the night to drink at the bar, and he said, "Well since you like Sierra Nevada so much, do you know we have it on tap, right?" YES. SIERRA NEVADA PALE ALE ON TAP. It had been over two years since I'd enjoyed the beer of my homeland the way it was meant to be drunk.
We returned two more times in our trip (i.e. every day thereafter). It may not be the most traditional Irish pub, but with great beer, music, and fun nooks and crannies for sitting, it's damned appealing.
We did have lunch here on our last day and didn't think the sandwiches were that great. I'll probably stick to beer and bar snacks next time. And there will be a next time.
My date was lured in by the housemade beers - and these were quite tasty indeed. But one cannot live on beer alone; one needs fish & chips.
Ah, chips ... also known as French Fries. And one of my most favoritest food groups. But one can debate the simple French Fry - what is 'awesome' to some is 'a disappointment' to others.
And so I must describe: the chips at the Porterhouse Temple Bar were thick cut, but not too thick cut, serving scalding hot, hit with just the right amount of salt as soon as they exited the fryer, crisp golden brown on the outside, tender and dare i say? fluffy inside -- not soggy, not burnt, not bland, not flabby -- in my book, perfection in a crisp potato package. For me: the best chips in Dublin!
Oh yes, the fish was fantastic too - nicely seasoned, crispy golden brown crust, tender flaky super fresh fish.
And if you've had fish & chips five times already during your trip to Dublin and feel like trying something else, my date's Pie of the Day was pretty smashing too.
One of the challenges of being a tourist in an unknown city is not really knowing where to go. Everyone was saying to go check out Temple Bar, but where exactly were we supposed to go in Temple Bar? It's a whole area, not just one business. And the warnings that it's really touristic were a bit of a deterrent, but then again, we WERE tourists, so we wandered around and wah-la! Found ourselves at The Porterhouse Temple Bar.
I actually found it quite charming, and we were there in the afternoon, so it was a pleasant stop for lunch. Of course I had to try the Irish Stew with Porterhouse Beer Grain Bread, and it was quite delicious with Temple Brau lager. My friend ordered the breaded scampi and a pie with mash and was quite pleased with her selection, too.
The decor was really nice and homey with a giant Irish flag hanging over the bar, but what really amazed my friend the most was the wall of craft beer bottles from all over the world. She was really excited to find lots of beers from Oregon, where she's from.
Great location and ambiance! Three levels and every nook and cranny was packed on a Sat night. However, wherever you were, you were able to enjoy the live band. You have to have some craving or idea of what you want to drink b/c the drink menu can be a bit overwhelming. The bartenders were fair, nothing special but I could also see how difficult it could be serve such a large and mixed crowd. Overall, I would say it's a great place to come for a large group.
2nd stop on my Dublin Pub Crawl. Sweet place. Lotsa people and thousands of beers line the walls. A really sweet space with 3 levels and the band is nestled between the 2nd and 3rd floors. A great place to stop as well as a great place to hang.
Do stop in.
We stopped here on a recommendation for a few beers from a local brewery and decided to have a light lunch. The menu is typical bar food, including a sandwich made from the daily roast. This turned out to be a roasted pork belly sandwich, on a ciabatta roll and a green salad. That's it. But when food is cooked right, it's all you need. And the pork was perfect. Succulent, and well but not over seasoned. We also had a few beers, including the terrifyingly named Oyster Stout (with oysters in the beer), and an Irish red stout. The oyster stout was delicious, with no hint of oyster flavor and the Irish red was as robust as any dark stout I have ever had. It is in a tourist area, but the food is much nicer than many tourist traps.
Good food and probably the best beer selection you can find in Dublin including their own brews. Also had some American covers played by a really fun musician while there.
Porterhouse has a wonderful, lively atmosphere. We didn't stay at the bar, but upstairs at a table. The burger was great; Irish meat is just so dang delicious! But my favorite was the bacon, with creamed cabbage. OH MY GOSH that slab of bacon was the best thing ever! I don't know if we were on a "being in Ireland high" or what, but it was delicious! I had tap water, because I love water, but my sister got the beer sampler. The Oyster one was her favorite.
Great surroundings, fabulous beer selection and the food was also good. The suicide chicken wings are just divine. The jalapeño and chorizo burger was alright and the onion rings nice and crisp :-)
Happily go back here for a drink or meal anytime.
The Porterhouse seems quite small when you first enter it, but talk about misleading! This place feels a little like what The Burrow should look like from Harry Potter. Stairs wind upward and also down into the basement, and all the floors seem to have endless little nooks and crannies. I think on decor alone - bottles on every single wall - and the layout, The Porterhouse definitely scores a well rounded five.
On food, I would be a bit more reserved. I had a smoked turkey sandwich for 6.50 which is a bit pricey for a sandwich in my opinion. The turkey was sliced turkey from a package, which neatly avoids the drying effect of turkey cut from a carcass, but leaves little or no taste in your mouth. Additionally there was very little mustard on it, and the accompanying cheese/guac was okay.
I didn't get a free Splash drink, but my friends had the peppered beef sandwich and soup of the day respectively, which they enjoyed immensely.
Overall given the fact that my friends love this place and that they swear it's amazing, I'm going to give it a four. I may also be holding out on trying the Ferrero Roche cheesecake, which I'm sure will skyrocket it to five stars.
1) Start with an assortment of beers and a few decent wine options.
2) Add some great live music.
3) Offer hearty eats
Present it in a multilevel space with several rooms and loads of moving space and you've got your nightly 'go-to' spot for meeting up with friends!
See you there...?!
Super helpful staff. Great beer recommendations and better than average food.
Simply put, this is the best pub in the world. That's an apt appraisal given the international nature of this fine establishment. I maybe a little biased perhaps given the fact I drank there for several years but that should be a testament to The Porterhouse's charm.
The wonderfully rustic-but-not-really interior, barely accessible performance area, tiny smoking area and awful seating layout only enhance the feeling of contentment when you explore it wooden heights. Something about this pub just makes you feel "good". Not to mention its ridiculously well-endowed beer menu featuring the very best in world drinkables. I haven't even mentioned their superb homebrews either!
The real winner of this place is its clientele. Endless hours can be spent in the TARDIS-like smoking area chatting to denizens of every corner of the globe. So if you're a tourist looking for an interesting evening or a nice relaxing end to the days sightseeing then this is your only port of call.
PS The musics not too loud either...
After reading Zara's great and very funny review about The Porterhouse burger, I had to try it. The girl got it right - it really does hit the spot.
The chips where decent but the burger was great. Ideally I like mine medium/done but due to the food authority outlawing that I have to deal with done burgers which is not ideal. Having said that they still made it juicy and flavoursome and the toppings really hit the spot.
Also affordable especially as an end of work week lunch treat.
"Yeah, I'm in the Porterhouse. The one in Temple Bar."
"That place is always packed on Fridays. How will I find you?"
"I'm beside the stairs."
The bar has fourteen staircases.
Don't Pass on the Porter!
I've been to this Porterhouse several times and nearly each experience has been enjoyable and satisfying. As I primarily drink whiskey, I sadly am unable to reflect on the quality of their beers - though I've received the odd sample from the barman.
Price: I think the burgers are over-priced. They are better-than-average, but they could do with a price reduction.
Food: I do enjoy the offered variety. The very first time i had the Suicide Wings, I was completely in love. To be fair, I've returned over two-dozen times since and they've never been quite as good or 'suicidally hot' - but they are still quite lovely. Porterhouse does not charge extra for bleu cheese or any of that nonsense, so that's a respectful plus. I've had most of the starters here and have been quite content, my only complaint being that the price is a bit high for what you get. The burgers are sometimes done a bit too well for my taste, but overall I've been entirely satisfied with the menu options.
Service: The service is adequate. I'd say the bar service is fairly spot on, but I haven't been over impressed with the serving staff. That isn't to say it is poor, just certainly not impressive.
Atmosphere: The live music can be fun and it has a rather cosy noise. I've called in here on a lonely winter night and truly felt the glow. My only complaint is, at least whenever I go, it is damn near impossible to find a table. My pitifully optimistic quest always scripts me up to the second floor in search for a table-for-two. The story ends with me returning to the ground floor, defeated and still hungry.
I have one word for you... Früli.
Früli is a Belgian white infused with pure strawberry juice. It's fantastic on a level I cannot explain. I mean, just think of it... strawberry beer. This might make you grimace at first, but now think about it actually tasting great. That's Früli. This alone warrants a five star rating from me. (Men, strap on your gay for a few minutes and try a pint, you might actually really like it.)
In addition, this place has the best damn bangers and mash plate anywhere in town. They serve it to you in what I believe is a bowl made of Yorkshire pudding... no kidding. Peel off the edges of the delicious bowl and dip it in the gravy, with a piece of banger and some mash... Nom, Nom, Nom! Ohhhhhh that's tasty! One star off for the sticky toffee pudding I had on a recent visit. It was luke warm when served and did not sit super well with my stomach. I wouldn't let that keep you from paying this place a visit.
Interestingly, the owner of the bar refuses to sell Blue Moon. He just won't do it, seeing as it's actually a Coors beer. I love Blue Moon and think that type of beer would have a good home here, but respect his decision.
First came to Porterhouse Temple Bar for a Summer Brew free beer tasting hosted by the guy who decides what beer the location purchases and sells ... very knowledgeable fella. This used to be a monthly event which unfortunately doesn't happen anymore.
Ok brews made in-house ( with the Barrel-Aged Celebration Stout a huge standout IMHO ), some more decent other brands on tap and a bunch of top-quality beers in bottles from all over the world on their menu.
Unfortunate thing is that the better items are very expensive, even for Dublin standards, but at least they give people that choice ( most pubs around town just have swill ).
Live music most nights till late, full pub food menu and centralized location.
This, to me, is a very touristy pub. It's one of those pubs that has been around forever and for a good reason. These guys have a great selection of beers, both mainstream and craft. It always leads to an interesting night out...
Here's the kicker, it's not the most sociable of places. I know, a place where a load of people go and yet it's not sociable. The reason for this is that you can't help but feel like unless you are part of a particular persons clique, you aren't going to get talking to them. It's like those cheesy high-school tv shows where the character enters the cafeteria and sees hundreds of groups of people. That's what you see here; groups, not people.
Anyway, you'll now doubt be with a bunch of people who you are quite fond of and therefore this won't and shouldn't bother you too much. That's the thing, even though the place is very clique oriented, it's quite a casual and comfortable place.
I'm giving this place 4 stars for having decent drinks and a decent atmosphere.
It's perhaps one of the great culinary and cultural ironies that a country famous for a particular brand of beer has very little variety in style or producers outside of "the black stuff". Now, while there are few things more comforting than the standard tap selection at a traditional Irish pub, occasionally it's nice to mix things up with some locally brewed craft beer. The Porterhouse is "Ireland's largest genuine Irish brewery" and proudly offers 9+ pint options with a rotating seasonal brew.
The bar is huge and can accommodate a large group of people. Service is quick and friendly.
While in Dublin I came back to this bar three times because I always wanted to try something new on their beer menu. I thoroughly enjoyed everything I had. Stop in if you want a break from the nitro-saturated ales you'll likely find at every other pub.
This places covers some requirements for me that pubs must have.
1. Decent music
3. Decent choice of drink.
On the various occasions that I wander into Porterhouse I've usually been greeted with a live band of some description playing some music of some description. This music then spurs on a half ambition of "Yeah I could be a music producer! I could make them big" But I usually get distracted when I see my friends returning with my love of my life. Früli.
Yesterday after a disastrous flight back to Dublin, I was treated as a half date, to a trip to Porterhouse and I have to tell you, this guy got full marks as he ordered me the two things I wanted most. A Smokey Barbecue Burger (Yeah it was a date and I devoured a burger in a non lady like fashion. He just laughed at it. Thank God!) and a Früli.
Now I would slight consider myself an expert on burgers. For a burger to be good, this is a genuine fact, you must be able to to fit it in your mouth without overstretching your jaw. Well I may have over stretched my jaw but that's only because the onion was made to look pretty in the burger. Having removed that (and used chips to remove the BBQ sauce) the burger was then of an eatable standard.
The only problem with that experience there was that there was a large booking on the same floor as us so they got all the juicy window seats where himself and myself like to sit. Now I wouldn't say we pass judgment on the people walking past.....well actually that's exactly what we do. So having not gotten our judgement thrones we lurked in a little darkened corner and I think we scarred away an American family after he compared my eating a burger to eating kittens. I blame the Früli.
The porterhouse is always buzzing - excellent selection of beers, decent food and a great location - so why wouldn't it be?
Good quality stouts, ales and lagers on draught (their own brews and from other irish microbreweries) and nearly a hundred different bottled offerings to choose from, so you won't be disappointed. As a native Brit, it's nice to see cask ale with a real hand pump too, and 4e a pint is a nice bonus. Messrs Brown Ale is on tap for the next year as it won their annual brewing competition, and that's an exceptional beer - a real must-try.
As a regular, the ONLY downside of the place is the live bands (one plays every night) who are often deafening and never seem to change their setlists...trad music I can deal with, but if i hear bloody Don't Stop Believing once more I'll.....anyway, the tourists love it, so why on earth not.
Comfortably the best bar in the temple bar area.
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