Exploring one of the best old pubs in Dublin
One sure sign of a flourishing city is the proliferance of new bars and eateries in town. The microcosm of South Great George’s Street, moving into Aungier, Wexford and Camden Street is a good example.
In recent years, several new venues have popped up and, already, they seem like they’ve always been part of the (shabby-chic) furniture – places such as the achingly hip J.T. Pim’s, The Chelsea Drug Store and a brasserie-style extension to l’Gueuleton restaurant, which is simply signposted as ‘Bar’ and has come to be known as The Bar With No Name.
Of course, with greater choice comes greater difficulty for Dublin pub-goers in terms of deciding where to go for a drink. Option paralysis, AKA the inability to settle on somewhere, is rife. But this is when The Long Hall comes into its own.
Time stands still at this Victorian gem on George’s Street
It wouldn’t be correct to call this old-school Dublin bar a crowd-pleaser – not if your crowd wants Asian fusion food, a cocktail menu or sports on the big screen.
However, The Long Hall offers a constant of friendliness, low-key warmth and carpeted floors in a hard and shiny world. It is a reliable remedy for those who can’t decide where to go.
— The Long Hall Pub (@TheLongHallPub) January 22, 2022
What’s more, the lighting makes everybody look more attractive, irrespective of beer goggles. It’s the kind of place where you can even bring your Da. In fact, this is where Bruce Springsteen likes to go for a pint when he’s in town – before stopping by Leo Burdocks for some chips.
The Boss follows in the hallowed footsteps of famous Dubliners like Brendan Behan, who was a regular, and Phil Lynott, who filmed some of his video for ‘Old Town’ here.