We popped in just before 18:00 last night and it was packed, we were lucky to find a seat, the waitress said we were to order in the next 2 minutes as the kitchen was closing. We got the fish & chips which was perfect.
The beer selection is great too. I had an O'Hara's craft stout which was absolutely one of the best ever.
The decor is just stunning as well.
Highlights of my visit were:
1. Venison Sausage Platter (excellent)
2. Stag's Head over the bar
3. Nicely poured Guinness (I would hope so anywhere in Dublin)
4. Quick service, until I needed a refill
5. An end of the bar "snug", if you're with a group
Low Lights of my visit were:
1. Wasn't open at initially stated time on
Sunday (and it was raining out)
2. Tables were a bit grimy
3. Server missing in action when I was in need of a refill :( and the place wasn't busy on a late Sunday afternoon
I make it a point to visit the oldest bars / pubs in each city I visit; this one is better on the outside than on the inside. The venison sausage paired with a Guinness was this places' redemption.
Before heading to the Comedy Crunch downstairs (separate review) we had a few pints in the beautiful, warm, gorgeous wooden expanse of The Stags Head . This is certainly one of those bars that makes you realize where you are and why people come to Dublin. The history is all around you and you feel like part of a James Joyce novel. If you are fortunate enough to find a comfy leather chair in the corner, you may never want to leave.
I am really grateful I had the opportunity to visit the Stags Heads! Wonderful pub!
The Stags Head is a time Machine, walk in the doors and you walk back in time - - welcome to 1806. This pub is one of only two Dublin pubs to have made it into a the 'Pubs of Ireland' book alongside The Long Hall.
The Stag is mahogany and stain glass, ornate tiled floors and rough and plush seating. On initial sight it does not in the least look like the palce to enjoy good food, but do not be fooled The Stag's head is producing traditional and hearty pub food of a high standard.
This isn't a gastro pub, it doesn't serve fancified or modifed dishes - nope - what it does it does really, really well! Examples - Fish and chips, Chowder, Bacon and Cabbage, Gunniess Pie, Venison Bangers and Mash. This is a pub you roll into on a cold Saturday afternoon, sit down to a great pint of Guinness and get stuck into great wholesome food.
Portions are great, elbow room ain't but who cares - you go to The Stags Head for the sociality of eating and drinking..it has a scattering or tourists and a scattering of Country 'blow-in's' but it is a Dublin Pub through and through.
If you want a good traditional Dublin city 'pub' with a high standard in traditional food then bee line to The Stags Head.
A great alertnative to anything Temple Bar has to through at you, cheaper and of a higher standard food and drink-wise!
I can't believe I've lived in Dublin so long and hadn't ventured into The Stag's Head. What was I thinking?
It's a beautiful Victorian pub with most of it's original features. Even if you don't drink alcohol this would be a cool place to visit!
On tap you'll find all the regular suspects as well as good range of craft beers.
There's a venue upstairs.
As the Duke of this fine establishment I say ye shall pay attention to this post!! ha!
We LOVED this bar... that's how I became the duke while only being in Dublin for 4 days... we just kept coming back!
The place feels like you stepped back into the Victorian era! It has the best bangers and mash I have ever tasted!! The day we ordered it they had venison sausages... YUM!! Who knew venison was so good!! haha
The manager was there everyday and very helpful with recommendations on where else we should visit while in town on our honeymoon!
Do yourself a favor and make sure you stop by this gem in Dublin while you are here!!
Awesome old bar located in the Temple Bar area. Nice bartenders and while the place was super packed we found a small table. After awhile another 2 gents came over and asked to share our space, I found it all quite charming and very social. The stained glass throughout is lovely and the cast wallpaper looks like its 100 years old, maybe more. Great place to experience the traditional Irish pub feeling.
Well, I've only been there twice, once for a couple of beers and once for a beer, a whiskey and a steak sandwich. It is definitely (too) crowded on a weekend evening, but earier during the day it is a lovely, nice and clean pub. The tab beer variety is okay, you know - the standards and the known stuff. The selection of whiskeys is good, Connemara and Jameson specialties in addition to the standards...
I really can't say anything bad about this place, so if you just want to have a drink - go there. Not expensive, but also not cheap.
At sunday night at round about 8:30 pm there is a comedy crunch in the basement.
Absolutely brillant! A cool pint of Guinness and comedy ... I love it!!!
Hint: Get there early!
The Stag's Head is a favourite pub of mine, and a lot of other people judging from the high ratings. It is, I suppose, what you would call a traditional Irish pub - no frills in a nice way.
The bar staff are usually quick even when it's really busy. Not a fan of packed pubs which is what you might find here on a weekend night, but weeknights and weekend afternoons are ideal, you'll probably get seats without much hassle.
The place is clean and nicely kept. Recently found out they do food and got a toasted ham and cheese sandwich served with chips and salad for €6.50, it was perfect simple pub food.
Would definitely recommend a pint here!
This was my favorite pub in Dublin. It was a bit crowded when we showed up but we still managed to grab a sit at the bar. I'm in love with these traditional Irish Pubs (with the cute bartenders) and the Victorian interior, thankfully these have been preserved and not torn down and turned into a tourist spot. The massive elk above the main bar gives it a old hunting club feel. The bartenders were friendly and really fast, they were able to keep up with the demands of a full bar, I was trying to be nice and make less work for the guy, so I started ordering double Jameson & Ginger Ales (I know, I'm so thoughtful, right)?
The atmosphere here was my kinda thing, loved all the people we spoke with and they serve a nice pint.
A true gin establishment in the Victorian style. This place is seemingly always packed, but is definitely worth a linger or two if you can grab a seat. As nice as the downstairs is, don't bother with the upstairs lounge. If you can't find a comfortable spot downstairs, just move along to the next pub. There's no shortage of great ones in Dublin. ;)
This is one of my favorite old style bars, whenever I'm showing visitors around Dublin I'll stop in here for one.
Unlike a lot of "traditional" bars in Dublin, The Stags Head is traditional in that completely un-manufactured way. It is frequented by both Dubs and visitors alike and manages never to seem to busy or manic.
My favorite time to pop in for a pint is on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The bar is so relaxed and stress free, sit back with a pint and truly relax.
Well, I am a fan of all Irish pubs looking like irish pubs!
We came here after reading about it in First Class guide book. It said it would have it's own charm. Well, maybe nothing particular but great for that afternoon beer after a short walk from last pub.
I cannot tell you why I like the Stag's Head. It actually defies all logic for what I like in a pub. Every time I've been there its been insanely crowded. The last time I was there my pint of Bulmers was not good... but there's something, something so elementally good about the Stag's Head that makes you not mind those things.
It seems to put everyone in a good mood, so even if you bump into people trying to get in or out or to the bar, everyone is smiling and good natured about it. Nevermind that its so jammed you can barely get the elbow room to drink while standing, you'll end up having a laugh with someone and it'll all be fine!
I "tested" over a dozen pubs on a short visit to Ireland, this was by far the "defacto" Irish pub. It is a "must visit" if you want to know what a pub is supposed to be. A few "snugs", lots of wood, multiple rooms, long and wide. Great group socializing, everyone enjoying each other's company. A smart ass bartender that when asked if I could have a Peroni pint asked "and where did you see that here?". I had confused the tap that was actually another beer so I forced down (joke) a Heineken.
A good old fashioned Irish pub right in Temple Bar - good mix of locals and tourists and ample seating for most patrons. Enjoyed a lovely Smithwicks Pale Ale :)
If you are after a quiet drink, avoid the 7ish pm rush on the Sunday evening as everyone will be there before the gig starts at 8 pm downstairs - after that, there will be loads of seats!
Authentic pub, good beer, sound staff, great location, full of character. You can't go wrong.
Great pub for a pint. What more could you want :-)
Should be on every pub crawl.
Was wandering around the street looking for an authentic pub. Found it here. Guiness was poured great, bartender had a personality, felt like what you imagine being in an irish pub would be like.
Love this pub. Always take our out of town visitors. Has an upstairs if just for drinks, or go downstairs on the weekends for live music. Feels very traditional and cosy down there. Always have great music, and if you get their a little early and get a seat, it is perfect. Good drinks, nice people. A great spot if visiting, or just a normal night out in town.
Was in here for the first time a couple weeks ago for after work pints. It was a rare sunny Friday, so we enjoyed our pints outside until surprise, surprise, it started lashing. We headed inside, and while crowded, there was definitely a great atmosphere. People of all ages, that certain old school vibe, no blaring music, and smooth guinness. What more could you ask for in a pub?
If you are looking for a piece of old and how traditional Irish pubs should be, this is the spot.
Dark wood, sunken seats, stuffed animals (we love our stuffed animals and leprechauns), slow pace of life.
Took the Mammy here for a cheeky lunch-time pint, she was in heaven,
'Oh this is the way it should always be done Annie!"
Food looked and smelled smashing too.
Ok, I broke down and hit this place for my Friday Fish-n-Chip feed. And I'm gonna say-I liked it!
It didn't feel particulary touristy or deliberately Irish Pub-ish. Instead, it felt like a dim, warm and cozy place where I could hang out and plan a revolution, or a write novel, or a drown a broken heart. Or maybe, if I was inclined that way, like the mis-matched couple I saw tucked away in away-from-prying-eyes corner, get up to no good in the middle of the work day (he was in a suit...she was in...well, not much, under a long coat. Ah, Dublin)
The staff was among the friendliest I've met here in the Fair City, and I felt very at ease with my book and my Bulmers.
The F&C did leave something to be desired-the fish was the texture/taste of a frozen fish-finger, but the chips were good and the rocket salad a nice touch. Next time, I'll just stick with the booze.
Bottom Line: If you like hanging out with 20-somethings drinking lite American beer and listening to 80s hits...stay away...
One of the oldest pubs in Dublin the Stags head is a must for anyone visiting our fair city. The main bar is a protected building which means it has not changed in looks in a couple of hundred years, despite needing a good dusting this means you really get the feeling of an old irish Edwardian pub.
About 3 years ago the pub changed hands and the cellar bar, the places weak-spot, was totally renovated, it caters very much to the tourist trade with a lot of diddli-i music the locals find offensive but tourists seem to love, so, don't get annoyed, just don't go down there and you'll have a great time!
Food was just OK. But the Bailey's coffee drink was to die for. Soo delicious. We stayed there for about 4 of those. The bartender even brought out cream that had be spooned out of a container instead of the canned whip I've been used to. The decor is a little old worldy-eccentric. Seems like it hadn't been updated in...a while, but I think that's part of it's charm.
We went in there and there were like 5 other people in there, but that just meant we could sit wherever we wanted and sit back and relax after traipsing around Temple Bar for several hours.
I wouldn't come back here for the food, but I would be back for the coffees and eccentricity.
They have great comedy nights here in the basement. The place oozes history, and has beautiful wood all over. There is pretty neat tiling in places as well. Very cool traditional Irish pub. The pints are well drawn, and the staff is generally pretty nice. Even when it's getting full it isn't too difficult to get a drink, which is nice considering the sometimes tight quarters. I would recommend this place for any pub crawl through Dublin
Nice place for a drink and good conversation, as you can hear yourself think.
The decor of dark paneled wood is fabulous, I love it and the stuffed stags head for that matter.
The clientele is a diverse mixture of students, tourists, business men, dating couples, shoppers... just about every demographic, bar the underage of course.
However the barman I had the pleasure of dealing with looked about as interested in doing his job as Sergeant Gerry Boyle was at being a Guard (watch the movie if you haven't already). That said, he entertain me more than anything because of the impression he gave me.
It's a great haunt to frequent or infrequent as the case may be.
The stags head is a great bar, real sense of age in the place.
The decoration is great, with the stags head in pride of place. This place does get busy as its very popular.
With this in mind I would go to it at the start of a pub crawl!
Its also a lot quieter than some of the pubs in the area, so you can have a conversation. Assuming its not packed at the end of the night of course.
A Dublin institution. Tucked quietly in a little laneway behind Dame and South Great Georges St, the Stags Head is a must-see on a visit to Dublin.
It's great on a warm Summer's evening, and when the weather permits a lovely little crowd assembles at the front of the pub for some - wait for it - alfresco drinking. Ah.... reminds me of home!
Inside is imposingly dark, foreboding even (if a pub's interior can be foreboding??) There is a giant Stag's head fixed above the bar (and I don't use the world giant lightly). The walls are dark mahogany, and if you venture past the entrance room there is a lounge space at the back (look out for the stuffed fox - ewww creepy!) and adimly-lit downstairs lair.
Expect Temple Bar prices at the Stag's Head, but definitely put it on your list of pubs to see.
The Stag's Head.
That just sounds cool as it is.
Even better is that it's pointed out as one of Dublin's oldest pubs which makes Irish-Americans like me flock to it and sip where my grandfathers used to.
Leaving out the tourism note, I did like the ratio of locals that I met there that adopted me as being "Home" instead of being an "Asshole American"
A fantastic pub to get on the piss at and furthermore share memorable stories.
The Stag's Head has done something totally amazing. It is a wildly popular bar that doesn't suck. On top of that, it appeals to both tourists and natives, unlike pretty much all of the Temple Bar bars which, are as far as I can tell, universally disdained by Dubliners.
The Stag's Head is everything you want an Irish pub to be without being cheesy and annoying about it. With its dark walls, benches upholstered in velveteen and pretty vintage sconces, it's straight up cozy. My favorite section is the back bar which is almost always crowded in a good way, with groups of friends clustered around small tables and just basically snuggling with their pints.
The vibe is relaxed and friendly and the crowd is definitely a mixed bag of cultures and ages. I love this place for grabbing a few pints before heading on to a rowdier venue, though more often than not we just end up staying here!
In my recent trip to Ireland I was lucky enough to rediscover this pub.
I like the feeling of Age it has without being rundown and patched together like some older bars in Dublin. From the tile mosaic sidewalk art that points the way through a covered walkway from busy Dame street to the low traffic Dame Lane to the dark time polished wood, stained glass windows and giant Stag's head on the wall, this place has a feel of sophisticated age and yet is not stuffy feeling.
The staff was quick to ask if I needed a fresh pint and was happy to chat when they could. They answered my touristy questions and told me about "the judge", a ghost who watches over the bar as long as his picture is not messed with.
All in all an great time was had and I look forward to visiting again in future trips.
Good job folks.
Great little old school pub. Loads of character.
Galway Hooker on draught? Whats more to say?
Nice pub, gets very very busy though. Decent pint and the staff are friendly.
I like the upstairs part, its very relaxed. Good place to meet friends.
Was here on Friday night, its hard to get a seat here but its basically a cool old man pub, with a non old man clientele. A nice surprise was the delicious glass of white wine I was served, a Marlborough Sauvignon blanc, unexpectedly tasty. The bar man said it wasn't available to buy sa siopa, cant remember the name of it but it was yum. And nicely chilled. Ill be back to sample it again.
The Stag's Head is a nice pub - my friends and I visited twice while in Dublin. The first was for late lunch/early dinner. The food was OK as far as pub food goes. The second was for "last call" one night. We were able to finds seats on both occasions. Service is very friendly and prompt. The only problem we had was that the bartender told us that "we would know when it was last call," however, we didn't and were caught getting kicked out of the pub with half-full drinks! Boo!
Do not bother with the bar at the Mercantile Hotel. In fact, do not bother with any other bar in the area.
A Dublin institution since 1770, the Stag's Head is housed in a sturdy redbrick building, with impressive marble columns that have supported many a customer who has been a little worse for the wear. A truly egalitarian venue, it aims to be all things to all patrons. In the basement during the summer months, trad bands belt out comeallyas to the delight of visiting tourists on barstools, while the ground floor is a little more dignified. There, you will find the stag's head itself above the dramatic, ornate bar, as well as stained glass windows, yards of mahogany panelling and comfy snugs where you can sup a Guinness and put the world to rights. Upstairs has the feel of a very popular private members' club, with its red leather seats and big picture windows that look down to the street below.
But in the end, it's all much of a muchness. No matter on which floor you find an elusive seat - and they are in short supply at the weekends - you will be in a prime position to have a craic-filled evening.
I've never really spent a whole night in here, its more of a passing through pub for me. i might be waiting on someone finishing work or i might be going to Odessa for dinner and wanted a sneaky drink first. thats all its ever been.
Some day i will spend a bit more time getting to know the place though, its dark interior desked with marble greets you when you come in along with throngs of people all enjoying a pint.
this has kind of become a touristy spot which might turn off some but has never rerally bothered me too much.
every time you walk by at night there seems to be always one or two people standing outside sipping a pint, i like the idea of being able to stand on the street with a drink, its like being bold but not really bold at all, im such a nerd!
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