Sunday 25 June 2017

Anyone for sunny pints? Dublin’s top five beer gardens

Toner's Pub on Baggot Street
Toner's Pub on Baggot Street
The Bernard Shaw pub
Blue Bar, Skerries, Co Dublin
House Dublin

Denise Smith

The best beer gardens in the capital

The Living Room

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Supporters watching Saturday's match in The Living Room pub in Dublin city Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ideal for: Sports addicts

Where: Cathal S Brugha Street, D1

If the Living Room delivers on anything, it’s atmosphere. Smack centre in the middle of Dublin, this sports bar is the go-to venue for any live game. If you’ve worked up a match-day thirst, this is the garden for you. Humongous screens and a well-stocked bar make this a much better option than any stadium — well, as long as sunshine is guaranteed. Hungry? If you’re looking for some post-match soakage, you can’t go wrong with gourmet burgers, nachos and their speciality chicken wings.

The Bernard Shaw

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The Bernard Shaw pub

Ideal for: The Hipster Crew

Where: 1-12 Sth Richmond Street, D2

For the cool set, Bernard Shaw has it all — even a double -decker bus. Prop yourself up against the pool table and grab a slice of doughy goodness from the pizzeria that just so happens to be housed in the aforementioned Big Blue Bus and you’ve got all the essential beer garden requirements. Hosting top music events and uber-cool gigs, slug back a craft beer or a quality cocktail, there’s not much else you can ask for.

House Dublin

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House Dublin

Ideal for: Cocktails with the glam squad

Where: 27 Lower Leeson Street, D2

Looking for a more refined beer garden experience? Situated on Leeson Street, House Dublin is the perfect venue for a chicer take on al fresco fun. The spacious outdoor terrace, decked with wicker and hardwood chairs, is overrun with greenery and vibrant flowers adding to that secret garden feel. Overlooked by quaint Georgian buildings, and with a cocktail menu to die for, this beer garden is truly Instagram worthy.

Toners

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Toner's Pub on Baggot Street

Ideal for: The Traditionalists

Where: 139 Baggot Street Lower, D2

As one of Dublin’s oldest pubs, Toners doesn’t just boast brass taps, flagstone floors and plenty of character, the Baggot Street landmark also has one of Dublin’s best beer gardens. Besides serving a quality pint of Guinness, out back, punters can soak up some sun in the secluded sun-trap. For sport lovers, it’s a great place to watch the match on the big screen or the perfect cosy spot to chill and catch up with friends over a drink.

Blue Bar

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Blue Bar, Skerries, Co Dublin

Ideal for: Seaside lovers

Where: Harbour Road, Skerries, Co Dublin

What better way to soak up the sunshine than in one of Ireland’s best seaside beer gardens. In a great harbourside location, Blue Bar hits the spot for casual dining, a lively night out with friends, after-work cocktails or just wasting away the weekend. Situated on the picturesque harbour in Skerries, chicken-wing aficionados can enjoy fabulous sunset views from the patio deck.

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