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Five of the Cosiest Pubs in Dublin

BY: Edwina Elizabeth |3 Nov 2015

We don’t like to pander to Irish archetypes here in the Groupon City Guide, however one thing the Irish typically do well is a nice, cosy pub. While this may be synonymous with country towns the capital is a snug pub to nip into for some hot grub and a cheeky pint.

Here are the five cosiest pubs we could find in Dublin city, in no particular order.

Cassidy’s – Westmoreland Street

Famous for Bill Clinton’s visit back in ‘95, on the outside there is little phenomenal about Cassidy’s; just another small city pub shrunken by the larger, louder bars and Starbucks. Step inside and you will be pleasantly surprised.It’s your typical Irish pub with a modern bohemian twist; colourful murals, antique style rugs and even board games lend uniqueness to the place.

They also have an excellent selection of beers, although it is often overlooked as a craft beer hot spot.

O’Neills - Suffolk Street 

If you are looking for something a little more traditional and a good old Irish feast, O’Neills would be a good bet.The dark lighting, mahogany décor and large, leather booths  are what makes this one of Dublin’s most comforting pubs. Adding to these cosy elements the enormous portions of food from the carvery or the menu and you have a nice place to settle into for a couple of hours. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Irish Sunday feast, complete with cabbage and bacon, or a toasted sandwich with everything on it this pub is certainly one of the best places to go for some honest, non-pretentious grub in warm, friendly surroundings.

The Long Stone - Townsend Street

The Long Stone is one of those pubs you only really hear of from friends; I suppose you could say it’s not trendy, but that’s why we like it. This large pub has a nice terrace for the smokers, serves delicious food and has many nooks and crannies into which you, your friends and your shopping bags can slip into and rest for a lunch break.

The interesting interior fortifies the cosiness of the pub, a favourite for the after work crowd and big night pre-drinkers. It’s typically heaving on a Friday night and a good spot for a nice dinner or lunch if you want to avoid the sterile chains and formal restaurants.

The Library Bar, Central Hotel - Exchequer Street

The library bar in the Central Hotel is possibly the cosiest on the list; more like a public living room than your typical bar. With plush, fabric seats, vintage décor and, of course, shelves filled with old books. It’s a step away from the vivid Dublin bar scene; something a little more atmospheric and usually blissfully quiet during the day if you want to escape from the buzz of the city and grab a coffee in non-commercial surroundings.

O’Donoghues - Merrion Row 

In the heart of Dublin’s best preserved Georgian Quarters, O’Donoghues pub is famous for many reasons, not least of all for its cosiness. With its white and black front, even if you don’t know exactly where the pub is, you definitely have seen images of it.

The old school Irish décor and the frequent trad music sessions make this quaint pub a favourite among tourists and locals alike. The small pub is a conversation piece with wonderful sketches of Irish music’s greats and the never ending debate of whether indeed it is home to Ireland’s best pint of Guinness.