You will have a 5 star experience if you choose all of the following options.
Ahem...okay, a bottle of the delicious Aventinus German beer (or two), a half dozen Carlingford Oysters with lemon on the side (ask for Tabasco as well ;)), and a bucket of chips to share. Also, get your crew seats close to the live music, it's well worth it!
The Aventinus is ridiculously high in alcohol, it will blow your socks off and tastes like heaven. I don't know what their Oysters have been fed on as they are huge. The chips help fill a void in your happy buy almost hungry stomach.
Nice enough micro-brewery.
Great selection of beers by the bottle. Own brand stuff and some guests on tap. Strange layout and very easy to get lost if it's your first time. The band Sliotar usually play in the middle of the staircase rendering conversation in the majority of the bar impossible.
Food is decent and decently priced for Temple Bar. Not the best bar in Dublin, but by no means the worst.
A reliable pub to go to in Temple Bar, where it's not too twee and not too expensive.
Don't get me wrong, it's pricey enough, just not Temple Bar ridiculous that you see in the other bars and pubs in this tourist trap of an area.
The live music is normally a guy with a guitar and again it's better here than the other Temple Bar bars. Better music and a much much better volume i.e. not too loud.
I've been avoiding Temple Bar a lot down through the years, but the area is gradually improving with a few of the new businesses who are not targeting just tourists, but Dubliners too. The Porter House has always been the exception for me and is a bar I have been going to over the years.
My absolutely favourite thing about this place - the smoking area. I know its not the most riveting for most people, but trust me, when its raining and you are shunned to the side of a busy road, as a smoker, you honestly crave warmth. Porterhouse, has an outdoor, terrace-like section (which is actually accessible directly from a small alley off grafton street); but also has a tv outside, chairs, tables and heating. There is also a bar right next to the doors. It's amazing. I went her to watch a couple of workd cup matches and inside there is also massive projector screens and tvs.
The bar also starts playing good music. The beer is quite pricey - at about 5.30€ a pint
The Porterhouse is a Dublin-based brewery with a few locations around town. This one in Temple Bar is the Mothership and it's massive. I've been to it a few times, mostly because it's one of the few places in Dublin that serves an assortment of craft beers. Sometimes you need a break from the Guinness. Here at Porterhouse there are quite a few choices, including a lovely Oyster Stout that is somewhat well-known and imported to the United States. There's also some nice pale ales and strong ales - a pleasant diversion. In addition to a variety of beers, the food here is pretty good. Both times I've eaten the beef pie and although on the small size, it's delicious. I'm sure it's frozen and heated up per order, but that crust is still mighty delicious. Stop in to Porterhouse for some variety, lots of space, a nice mix of people and three separate floors of socializing.
I had their bitter and signature porter before going to dinner. I probably should have gone half pints with the time we had, but I enjoyed the beers. I love how drinkable the beers are in Ireland with their low ABVs.
LOVE the cocktails here. And the staff are so friendly.
Serves in my opinion one of the best Guinness in Dublin
You say touristy like its a bad thing! This bar can easily be called touristy given its close proximity to the temple bar area and but one thing about "touristy" places that they get right is that they usually offer an extensive menu and a fun, bustling atmosphere. This place has both!
Like the other reviewers said, the seating doesn't end as you go up and up with each floor. We were treated to live music as we split a massive appitizer plater or onion rings, bangers, wings, fries, and garlic bread. Their beer menu is the largest thing I've ever seen. Seriously, no matter where you are from in the world, they will have a beer to bring you back home. In fact they even had Grand Rapids, MI own Founders beer!
Wings, drinks and hurling... My new favorite sport.
This is a great place! There are three floors of fun. We stayed on the first floor, which was lively borderline rowdy. We heard it may be quieter upstairs.
Wings were the recommendation so we got a medium size order with medium spice. This was perfect for two people. Probably some of the best wings we have ever had. Nicely spiced, perfectly cooked meat, slathered in a sauce that hit the spot.
There are a million beer options. You will be very satisfied.
If you like beer you will never be stuck for choice here. The variety is complimented by the atmosphere which is always good.
Multiple floor bar that has that college party feel. Our visit included performances by a live band and multiple rounds of drinks. I didn't think the prices were anything special, which was confirmed later in my trip. However, the list of beer options was extremely extensive. Like most bars I ventured in the Temple Bar area, it got crowded. Crowded doesn't mean no fun, but it does mean getting around can take a whole lot longer, especially if you ended up on the top floor.
Overall, The Porterhouse is worth a stop if you are in for a visit.
A legend in Dublin! The Porterhouse is a must see especially during live music. The selection of beers is out of this world, the menu consists of hundreds to select from. I recommend a sample tray of the Porterhouse brewed beers. The bartenders are very friendly and try to help find the best beer for your tasting.
I was there few times. I recommend this pub if you are new, you are a tourist, or you have just arrived. They have a big selection of beers and their own beers as well.
You will find always somebody who plays the guitar, some songs that everybody from any place in the planet know or have listened them before. So if you are new in ireland or if you are here for a couple of days, that's the place to go, but if you are living here, try others pubs outside temple bar. It's just my simple opinion.
Great selection of craft beers both domestic and imports from America. Very solid selection, I the heart of Temple Bar and a great place to start or end the evening.
Live music every night apparently as well.
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!
The food was Ok, kind of your standard bar food. Nothing special.
One of the only craft breweries/micro breweries I found in Dublin. Excellent craft beers from all over the world. Table service sucks, but when does it not in Ireland, go to the bar to order. Food was good to above good. Music on Sunday night was great.
Been here on many occasions in the heart of temple bar great atmosphere but expensive drink... As it is temple bar lol
Love the variety of different beers. Had a great Saturday night there and would definitely recommend it. Decent venue, plenty of space and guaranteed a good crowd.
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.
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!
We came here on a Saturday afternoon on our way thru Dublin and it was a blast! Happy patrons, excellent Irish Coffee (the best I have had in Ireland so far) and the music was amazing! The live performer took requests and I swear it sounded like we were listening to U2 live! The crowd is lively and friendly and all are here to have a good time! Get ready to open your pocketbooks for the famous Irish Coffee as it's a bit pricey but soooo good! The ambiance is well worth it! It's a pretty large bar so there is plenty of room to find a seat and fun is everywhere including the garden bar area!
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.
The atmosphere is great and Klyde was an awesome server. S. ordered onion rings to start and claimed the were her all-time favorite onion rings. For entrees we ordered Bacon & Cabbage, Bangers & Mash, and the Soup of the Day (vegetable) as our 3 entrees. The bangers & mash was the favorite of S., but I didn't care for the fennel in the sausage, and the Yorkshire puddings were almost cold. The vegetable soup was delicious. But, the Bacon was very dry, so C. sent it back and exchanged it for Irish Stew, which had amazingly tender beef, and perfect veggies. For dessert we ordered the Sticky Toffee Pudding, the cake was tender and flavorful, but the "toffee" was more along the lines of sweet frosting, rather than the melted toffee poured over the cake, and we were able to easily leave half of the ice cream on the plate. If I ever make it back, I'll stick with the stew a and maybe try the Eton Mess for dessert.
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.
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..
Great beer choice and relaxing atmosphere.
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!
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.
Food and music was good. They lose a star because their beer was blah. Had the taster and was more disappointed than pleased with the beer.
Extensive beer list. Recommend the Oyster on draft. Food was good. Tried the Irish stew and the mussels. Both were excellent
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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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.
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.
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.
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