My favorite bar in Dublin. Being a tourist, I had my share of choices, but decided to go with this one, because really, this didn't seem like it had too many tourists. It fulfilled the existential crisis I have while traveling...trying to avoid people like me.
Friendly bartenders, solid beer selection, and lots of locals who just sit drinking reading their books and newspapers.
The Stag's Head is a bit of an institution in Dublin. One of my favourite places to go for a pint in the city centre. It has real old world charm, with lots of different lounges upstairs and downstairs, and at the back of the ground floor.
The smoking area outside on Dame Lane is one of the best places to be when the weather is good. The buzz is always electric there.
The only reason for not giving this 5 stars is the hassle you can get standing outside from people begging for money. This is not the fault of the Stags Head, but it can just take away from the atmosphere a bit.
Otherwise, this is a must stop for anyone looking for an authentic Dublin classic pub.
A good selection of beers and spirits depending on what you're looking for (really standard fare if you go to any decent pub establishment in the greater Temple Bar area) and some great grub from the kitchen. Got there mid-day on a Tuesday, which ought to be really empty, but the kitchen was backed up and closed to the public briefly (about a 15 minute wait from when I arrived) due to catering they were doing upstairs for a large tour group. Bartender got me tided over on a pint while I waited, and once I ordered I had food out in less than 10 minutes.
I had the bacon, cabbage, and mash, which went great washing it back with a pint of Guinness. Staff were friendly and privy to conversation given how slow it was. Seems to be a good place with the locals. I would perhaps stop by, but there's better to be had in Temple Bar in the way of drinks.
This is a truly beautiful old pub in a cool part of Dublin and well worth a visit. My low rating is only for the food.
I came in all the way in from Celbridge, Co Kildare to eat the Bacon and Cabbage for lunch.
This Classic Irish lunch is what the corned beef and cabbage tradition in the US is derived from. We can't get boiled bacon in the US because we butcher and cure the bacon differently. Trust me I have tried.
The woodwork and stained glass windows in this pub are, according to our very friendly cheerful and beautiful barmaid Lisa, original to the 1770 pub.
The selection of beer on tap included all you would expect plus several craft beers. So this was all looking very promising.
They serve lunch right up till 6pm. Brilliant.
Two orders for Bacon and Cabbage were placed and arrived fairly promptly.
But alas things started to fall apart food wise almost right away.
I immediately noticed there was no parsley sauce with the bacon and cabbage. Now that's just a No No as any self respecting foodie knows. B&C without parsley sauce is like toast without marmalade.
I asked if chef could make some for us, it's a roué with added milk and parsley. 5 minutes work tops. But no.
Also the potatoes were mashed, luke warm and we had to ask for butter.
Now in late July in Ireland it's New Potato season in full bloom. So serve them boiled fresh to order ... It's Ireland for gods sake ... We've made a history out of our spuds.
The cabbage was diced, also luke warm but delicious. I think it was mixed with butter and perhaps some other tasty fatty juice.
The bacon itself while there was a lot of it was also disappointing. Cut like boneless pork chops it was barely warm and very dry.
I'd recommend the chef take a drive to Kytlers in Kilkenny and see how B&C should be served.
Still a beautiful pub in a fantastic part of Dublin, across Dame St from Temple Bar.
I met another Irish American touring with his family whose last name was also Kelly. A cousin I'm sure.
Nice local pub in the city centre!
Overpriced drink, pokey surroundings and aggressive barmen spoil what should be a good pub in a great location.
Great spot for a pint with (or without) lunch. I'm not much for crowded pubs these days, so It was a pleasant surprise to find The Stag's Head relatively quiet when we popped in. Great drink selection & traditional dishes, definitely worth a visit.
Enjoyed late lunch at Stag's Head, 2-3 blocks from Grafton Street.
Ordered a vegetarian sandwich, a Seafood Chowder, Fish & Chips with side salad...and flavored with some Smithwick's Pale Ale. Good, simple and tasty food served to about 6 pm when the kitchen closes.
At least a dozen brewskies on tap. Craft beers are coming to Ireland.
Friendly service though service was a little slow. We were not in a rush.
Seating, other than at the bar, feels like kindergarten with little tiny stools.
It's a popular local watering hole with few tourists like us thrown into the mix.
Tip: Arrive before 6 pm if you wish to order food.
Definitely fits the bill for a traditional pub in the Temple Bar area. We visited over st. Patricks day weekend, and it was incredibly busy, but we still managed to get seats.
Standard selection of draft beers for standard prices.
On a quieter night, I believe they have live music, which would be fun, too.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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 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.
I enjoyed the atmosphere and the drinks! We didn't eat anything so I can't comment on anything other than service and drinks. Perfectly poured Guinness and great whiskey and ginger ale. The service was friendly and attentive. There was a buzz of people but still had a few free seats. I found the prices reasonable and a huge plus was that the bathrooms were clean!!
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/table, 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 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!
Where to begin... Everything is great here. The booze, the bar staff, this lovely little corner in the bow window upstairs... A safe bet for after work drinks or a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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!
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. ;)
Great pub for a pint. What more could you want :-)
Should be on every pub crawl.
This was our fist pub we visited in Dublin. It was our daughter's 18th Birthday and her first pint of Guinness. It was awesome! I believe the very friendly blondes name was Lisa, she was very helpful with any questions we had about touring the city. We came in another time at night and the place is very relaxed and comfortable. A great pub to visit for a drink or two!
As everyone else has already said dozens of times, this place is without question of of the best places to eat in Dublin. Super unique. Super friendly. Super good.
Not very touristy and somewhat of a whole in the wall.
A must visit place in Dublin.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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