Barfly: The Patriots Inn
8 North Circular Road, Dublin 7. Telephone: 01 6773381
With Irish pubs going out of business faster than it took Tiger Woods's mistresses to come out of the woodwork, you've got to commend this Kilmainham boozer for its pro-active attitude to marketing. In 5ft-high letters outside the front door, a vast mural proclaims "The Patriots Inn has been closer to the pulse of Irish history than any contemporary pub".
True enough, a licensed premises has stood in the site now occupied by The Patriots since the 18th century, while nearby Kilmainham Jail and Royal Hospital have born witness to some of the pivotal events in nation's coming of age. Alas, no major historic happenings appear to have actually taken place IN the Patriots Inn.
Lined with historical memorabilia -- including a medal commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1916 rising -- the main lounge is compact, with charming faux Victorian fittings. To one side, it opens onto a darts room, while the back-bar area has that parish hall sensibility that you sometimes find in the more venerable stripe of Dublin pub.
All in all, The Patriot isn't a bad pit stop for a pint before you catch the Luas to town.