O'Donoghue's Bar
O'Donoghue's Bar
4.5
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
10:30 AM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 1:00 AM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 12:00 AM
About
O'Donoghue's is a historically significant drinking establishment. Built in 1789 as a grocery store, it began operating full time as a bar in 1934. The famous Irish folk group The Dubliners started here in the early 1960s and to this day there is live traditional Irish music 7 nights a week.
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Address
Neighbourhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • St. Stephen's Green • 7 min walk
  • Harcourt • 10 min walk
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  • Lori S
    Suwanee, Georgia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delicious First Meal in Dublin
    Walking through the downtown area on our first evening in Dublin, we needed a quick stop for dinner. O'Donoghues Bar hit the spot! The chicken tenders with piri piri sauce were delicious, cooked perfectly, and light enough that we could keep walking and enjoy our Dublin evening. We didn’t stay for the nightly music, but I can imagine doing so on another evening!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 August 2023
  • PBRguy
    Surprise, Arizona77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Traditional Bar
    We went to O'Donoghue's on a Saturday afternoon. I am a huge fan of the Irish band, the Dubliners, and this bar was their homefront. Talked to one of the barmen who said John Sheehan had been in a couple weeks before. Anyway, the bar was packed but we were served almost immediately. We had found a table to the right of the entrance and quite close to the bar. I had beer, Smithwicks this time, and my wife had a sandwich to with her beer. Even with the large crowd, service was great and barmen were jovial and friendly. We would have returned another day but our hotel was quite a way from here. Going to O'Donoghue's was a goal during our Dublin visit and I am glad we made it !!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Mike B
    Mineral, Virginia996 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Setting, Real Deal Irish Music
    On our way back to the hotel from a Book of Kells tour, we decided we wanted to stop for a couple drinks and hear a little Irish music. Just happened to pass O'Donoghues, and one of our tour guides had mentioned it earlier in the day. So we swung in, found a table in the courtyard area, and ordered our drinks. We were enjoying our drinks, and conversation with some friends, waiting for the music to start. Unfortunately, for us, a group of about 10 came in and sat at the 3 tables beside us, and most of them smoked. As soon as they all lit up, it kind of ruined the experience and we ended up finishing our drinks and leaving. The music had just started, and we did catch a little of it....it's the real deal.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 September 2023
  • rosie h
    Lancaster, United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    MUST SEE IN DUBLIN ABSOLUTELY FAB
    My friend & I came here after walking by at lunchtime hearing music in the distance we were pleasantly surprised when we walked through the small alley/passage to be greeted by 4 guys playing instruments& singing traditional irish songs - they were FANTASTIC. The atmosphere was 10/10 the singing & music was just brilliant & the staff are also lovely & friendly. An absolute hidden gem of a place, reasonably priced & definitely worth a visit when in Dublin - don’t be put off from outside this place is brilliant
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 October 2023
  • bateso
    Forest Hills, New York121 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Donahue the real thing
    Great Irish pub upscale near parliment not a tourist trap or temple bar. Love it. Right down the street from the Merriam great location a real feel of Dublin business crowd.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled on business
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Ian BB
    Bellevue, Washington20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best live music in Temple Bar
    Fantastic live music with a fun lively atmosphere. Me and my wife came here a few times in our week in Dublin and this was hands-down the best nightlife spot in the Temple Bar area. O'Donoghue's has a lot of locals and regulars as well, and later on in the night on Fridays and Saturdays becomes a lively place with a little bit of dancing but is a friendly and clean atmosphere, without being too crowded. The live musicians were easily the most talented we had seen in the area, able to pull off music from a wide range of genres while keeping things engaged and fun. We didn't try the food, but their cocktails were excellent as well.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 October 2023
  • Lynsey P
    Pontyclun, United Kingdom165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Irish welcome - delicious breakfast
    Lovely Irish welcome in this pub. We stumbled in straight off the early flight from Cardiff looking for something substantial to set us up for the day. We had 3 breakfasts and a few lovely pints of Guinness! Lovely food and a lovely Irish welcome. We will definitely be back.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 January 2024
  • Tom G
    New Bedford, Massachusetts100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Neighborhood bar tucked away from tourist traps
    This is a true Irish pub in the middle of pubs that are overrun with tourists. Locals belly up for pints, and give you a raised eyebrow if you order anything off what's being pulled from the beer spigots. It's great for people watching and having a great time. Love this place!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 February 2024
  • Kathy
    London, United Kingdom51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best traditional pub in Dublin don’t miss it.
    Absolutely fantastic place to spend an evening in Dublin. We enjoyed it so much we went back again the next night. Fabulous music, wonderful friendly staff, great prices and a heart full of nostalgia. A trip to Dublin would not be the same without a visit to the best pub in the city. Can’t wait to come back. Thank you all.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 March 2024
  • Amber
    Dursley, United Kingdom14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun!
    If you like the Dubliners you will love this pub! It is where the original band formed! On the small side but did not struggle to get a table and drinks were reasonably priced! Pictures everywhere of the band so a great photo opportunity! There are a couple of O'Donoghue Bars so don’t be fooled as they are not all the genuine ones! You’ll know as soon as you walk through the door. Only disappointing factors is they had no music playing (live or on stereo, we were there around 3pm on a Friday). Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 May 2024
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Lcdr47
Keilor, Australia34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The home of ‘The Dubliners’ - the pub hasn’t lost its appeal. A busy Wednesday night and the music was fun, with new musicians joining in to play. Must visit!
Written 30 May 2024
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Amber
Dursley, UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
If you like the Dubliners you will love this pub! It is where the original band formed!

On the small side but did not struggle to get a table and drinks were reasonably priced!
Pictures everywhere of the band so a great photo opportunity!

There are a couple of O'Donoghue Bars so don’t be fooled as they are not all the genuine ones! You’ll know as soon as you walk through the door.

Only disappointing factors is they had no music playing (live or on stereo, we were there around 3pm on a Friday).

Definitely worth a visit.
Written 19 May 2024
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Kathy
London, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Absolutely fantastic place to spend an evening in Dublin. We enjoyed it so much we went back again the next night. Fabulous music, wonderful friendly staff, great prices and a heart full of nostalgia. A trip to Dublin would not be the same without a visit to the best pub in the city. Can’t wait to come back. Thank you all.
Written 28 March 2024
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Paul D
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Incredibly rude barman, screamed at me as he couldn't hear my order. Zero manners, avoid at all costs. The Irish welcome is a thing of the past :(
Written 15 March 2024
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Tom G
New Bedford, MA100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This is a true Irish pub in the middle of pubs that are overrun with tourists. Locals belly up for pints, and give you a raised eyebrow if you order anything off what's being pulled from the beer spigots. It's great for people watching and having a great time. Love this place!
Written 17 February 2024
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Lynsey P
Pontyclun, UK165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Lovely Irish welcome in this pub.

We stumbled in straight off the early flight from Cardiff looking for something substantial to set us up for the day.

We had 3 breakfasts and a few lovely pints of Guinness! Lovely food and a lovely Irish welcome. We will definitely be back.
Written 3 January 2024
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Ian BB
Bellevue, WA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Fantastic live music with a fun lively atmosphere. Me and my wife came here a few times in our week in Dublin and this was hands-down the best nightlife spot in the Temple Bar area. O'Donoghue's has a lot of locals and regulars as well, and later on in the night on Fridays and Saturdays becomes a lively place with a little bit of dancing but is a friendly and clean atmosphere, without being too crowded.

The live musicians were easily the most talented we had seen in the area, able to pull off music from a wide range of genres while keeping things engaged and fun.

We didn't try the food, but their cocktails were excellent as well.
Written 30 October 2023
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brian c
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Staff were pig ignorant, just plain rude. Drinks are fierce expensive. There are far nicer pubs even around the corner, would suggest Hartigans if you want staff that aren't horrifically rude. And it's not in a fun irish slagging way it's in a way that'd deserve a pint thrown in their face way.
Written 29 October 2023
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bateso
Forest Hills, NY121 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Business
Great Irish pub upscale near parliment not a tourist trap or temple bar. Love it. Right down the street from the Merriam great location a real feel of Dublin business crowd.
Written 15 October 2023
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Mary B
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We went in just after lunch, around 15:30 on a Monday. Nice atmosphere, very relaxed. A good mix of tourists and locals but not busy at all. We ordered a pint of Guinness and a pint of their own beer that's on tap. Price for the two pints was 13.80E. An Irish lad was behind the bar - poured the Guinness like a beer, didn't allow the Guinness time to surge and settle for a little while, and then top-up -> this is how a pint is supposed to be poured. Very surprised that O'Donoghue's hasn't taken the time to train their staff in how to pour a proper pint of Guinness - disappointing. This is why I have give a ** rating. You might get this lack of knowledge abroad but it's just simply not acceptable in Dublin.
Written 13 October 2023
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