Davy Byrne's, Dublin
For those of you who've not read James Joyce's 'Ulysses', it's worth remarking that, in the book, Leopold Bloom calls into this place for a gorgonzola sandwich. Bloom describes Davy Byrne's as a 'Nice quiet bar. Nice piece of wood in that counter. Nicely planed. Like the way it curves there.' Literature aside, though, what's it like for a pint? Sadly, Davy Byrne's lost most of its character in a renovation a few years ago. Some original features remain, such as the fine glass, but chrome and leather stools in this pub are simply wrong. On a positive note, the food (especially fish and seafood) is reportedly excellent and draws many customers in its own right. Davy Byrne's literary fame firmly plants it on tourists' itineraries so it's usually pretty busy. Heritage destination first, drinking venue distant second; shame.
21 Duke Street, Dublin, Dublin, DUBLIN 2
00353 1 677 5217
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