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McDaid's

3 Harry Street, Dublin, Ireland
+353 1 679 4395
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Great pub! In tourist area but lots of locals...

I hesitated to write as review but to summarize the bartender as someone popped in the door and... read more

Reviewed May 13, 2018
Curlygirl64
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Salt Spring Island, Canada
Great traditional pub with excellent IPA

We had a couple of pints there during an afternoon. Great ambiance with friendly staff. They... read more

Reviewed May 7, 2018
Nicolas F
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Montreal, Canada
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' I am a drinker with a writing problem'...the words of one infamous McDaids patron, Brendan Behan, and if ever there was a quote to raise an ironic smile then this was it. McDaids is now considered one of the most iconic Literary Pubs of Dublin not least thanks to Brendan, but it wasn't always so. In fact McDaids only became established as a true haunt for literary types after John Ryan, editor of the now defunct, Envoy magazine, began to attract all manner of writers and journalists here back in the late 1930's. The building that houses McDaids can be traced back to the late 18th century and is reputed to have housed the City Morgue. It took on it's more ecclesiastical features when it was taken over by the Moravian Brothers some time later. They developed the practice of standing their corpses in a vertical position and it's suggested this may be the reason for the very high ceilings in the pub. It went through a litany of owners and was known as William Daly's Bar before John McDaid purchased the pub in 1936. Paddy O'Brien, one of the most famous bartenders, not just in McDaids, but in the whole of Dublin, worked here from 1937 until 1972, and was quoted as saying that 'Davy Byrnes was the one truly literary pub back then, McDaids in fact was nothing at all. It was a dreadful place, just an ordinary pub with snugs, stained glass partitions, spittoons and sawdust' John Ryan was equally harsh in his assessment saying that McDaids was a dowdy little pub, the plainest possible but that was one of the things I liked. 90% of people were working class" Thanks to some well intentioned advice to the owner from Paddy, the interior was torn out, the place brightened up a bit and thanks to a little help from Mr Ryan, the rest as they say is history. Many literary greats have frequented here over the years but the 50's and 60's were the decades when the pub truly established it's now famous reputation. Brendan Behan, Paddy Kavanagh, Brian O'Nolan, Austin Clarke, Anthony Cronin, J.P. Donleavy and Liam O'Flaherty are just a handful of the famous writers that have graced the floors, quenched their thirsts and sought their inspiration in McDaids over the years and some of their portraits adorn the walls and look down now, perhaps in judgement, of the rather more sedate clientele that drink here these days. In the early 1980's the bar was relocated from left as you walk in, to it's now familiar position on the right. Whether that was to confuse patrons into not knowing whether they were coming or going, one can only summise. Whilst the walls may not be able to tell any stories from the bygone days, the latest generation of bartenders in McDaids are equally skilled in pouring pints of the black stuff and well versed in the history of this quite magnificent pub. So why not pop in, have a chat, a pint or two of Porter, and get a feel of what inspired those literary greats.
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3 Harry Street, Dublin, Ireland
South City Centre
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+353 1 679 4395
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Reviewed May 13, 2018

I hesitated to write as review but to summarize the bartender as someone popped in the door and took a photo, then departed! We are not a f-@#*ing museum! Lol.... love the local atmosphere. Great place to stop for a pint or two!

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Reviewed May 7, 2018

We had a couple of pints there during an afternoon. Great ambiance with friendly staff. They had a great draught IPA (called Hope) that we found nowhere else. I would go back!

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Reviewed May 3, 2018 via mobile

Love this place. Staff so funny & friendly. Real Irish Pub door the craic. In a great location. U go in for a quick pint & end up staying in there all day

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Reviewed April 25, 2018

We went here on Sunday night for a few drinks and its was a great atmosphere. Few locals in there but we felt very welcomed and relaxed. The Guinness was poured with pride and with care and delivered to us by the friendly barman. we...More

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Reviewed February 28, 2018

This bar has been my favourite for many years a really classy Dublin bar for of great atmosphere the minute you walk in with a really professional bar staff and a great pint of Guinness Upstairs has a great feeling when there is a band...More

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Reviewed February 1, 2018 via mobile

I have always enjoyed a night out in McDaids. One of the best pints of Guinness in Dublin and service is always excellent. Could not fault it.

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Reviewed December 10, 2017 via mobile

Bring an obnoxious bar man in McDaids is instilled into you from the manager. In last night for a few drinks, Jameson whiskey served in hot glasses straight out of the washer, said it to the bar and he said it was not his problem....More

1  Thank Richard9012
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Reviewed November 30, 2017

Just a classic Dublin pub where the Guinness flows and the bonhomie is just as plentiful. A great venue to watch a televised rugby match.

1  Thank Diptych
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Reviewed November 26, 2017

A no frills old school Irish pub. We went early and the place had only a few regulars hanging out. Friendly staff. There was no food, only crisps. I think last call was about 12:30 am.

1  Thank Nez D
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Reviewed October 30, 2017 via mobile

I heard so much about this legendary place, finally I get to visit. First off it is a very small set up with what appears to be a couple of ancient bar flies judging all who enter. Not the kind of place to have a...More

2  Thank Patrick O
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