The Brazen Head
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20 Lower Bridge Street, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Dating back to 1198, The Brazen Head is officially Ireland's oldest pub. Licensing laws only came into effect in 1635 yet this pub has been serving alcohol before offical licensing laws were even enacted!
Dating back to 1198, The Brazen Head is officially Ireland's oldest pub.Although it is unclear how much of the original 11th century coach house is still intact, there is a palpable sense of history within its walls.
James Joyce referenced the Brazen Head in 'Ulysses'. Amongst the literary and historic giants associated with this pub were Brendan Behan, Jonathan Swift and the revolutionaries Robert Emmet and Wolfe Tone. Take some time to absorb the historic prints and scrolls which are displayed on the inside walls.
Enjoy live music and wholesome food in any of the pubs' three cosy rooms, or during the summer you can soak up the atmosphere in the enclosed cobblestone courtyard. Traditional and contemporary dishes are served every day, including stews, fresh fish and seafood dishes.
The courtyard restaurant is open for a more formal evening dining experience.
A private function room can be reserved for parties and larger groups.
Traditional Music Sessions: Monday to Thursday nights 9.30 pm to 11.30pm and Sunday from 3.30pm to 6.30pm. (No Entry Fee)
Contemporary Music Sessions: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9.30pm (No Entry Fee)
'An evening of food, folklore and fairies' Storytelling candlelit dinner entertainment, including live music and ballads is a highlight (must be prebooked and there is a charge)
A short walk from Christchurch Cathedral and The Guinness Brewery, The Brazen Head is well worth a visit for both its historic value and its reputation as one of Dublin's best Irish music venues.