You’re not off the sauce for January? Good, we’re not quitters either.
But what we do like is a bit of variety. After all, the days when you were out five nights a week and on first-name basis with half the barmen in Dublin are long gone. For some of us – the new parents among us especially - nights out are pretty hard to come by. So when you get the free pass for a few pints, you want more than a trip down the local.
No longer the preserve of the hipster, craft beer boozers have been springing up around the city over the past couple of years. With good reason, too. If you like the taste of real beer and want a bit of variety in your drinking diet, you should be visiting these places more often
L Mulligan Grocer
18 Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. Tel: (01) 670 9889; lmulligangrocer.com/
The first of the new wave of craft pubs in the city and arguably the best, L Mulligans has been on the go since 2010 and is located in the heart of Stoneybatter. A true craft pub in that it caters for foodies and boozers, the pub’s extensive, excellent menu also makes recommendations on what drinks – whiskey and beer – to go with your grub. Try the spiced potted crab for starters and the Termonfeckin Turkey Kiev – they’re to die for.
The staff are extremely knowledgeable, passionate and are more than willing to offer a recommendation when it comes to trying a new tipple.
The Brew Dock
1 Amiens Street, Dublin 1, Tel: (01) 888 1842 http://www.galwaybaybrewery.com/brewdock/
Nestled on the corner of Amiens Street, the Brew Dock may not look like much from the outside, but it’s a beer connoisseurs’ delight. One of the six Galway Bay Brewery bars in Dublin (to compliment a further three in Galway), it boasts over 80 different beers at any given time.
One of the best is one of their own – Of Foam and Fury. Be warned though, this baby packs quite the punch at 8.5pc but it’s one of the finest IPAs we’ve ever tasted. True, the downstairs bar can get a little cramped coming up to the weekend, but if you get there early and snag a table, you’re all set.
The burger with cheese and bacon is pretty good, too. They also do growlers - where you buy an empty bottle (€11) and have it filled with your favourite brew. Prices for the beer vary.
Porterhouse Temple Bar
16-18 Parliament Street, Dublin 2 Tel (01) 679 8847 www.porterhousebrewco.com/bars-dublin-temple.php
The ould lad of the list. The Porterhouse in Temple Bar has been getting people giddy on its own brews since 1996.
A novelty in that it was the first pub in Ireland without the mainstream beers, the pub’s Temple Bar location means that it's often filled with tourists who can’t quite get their head around the fact that there’s no Guinness on tap.
Once they settle down and investigate one of the local Brews – the Oyster stout can go head-to-head with the big boy brands – they’ll be fine. Trust us.
57 The Headline
56/57 Lower Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 8, Tel (01) 532 0279 http://www.57theheadline.ie/
Another one that’s slightly out of the way but definitely worth a trip to, 57 The Headline is on the hipster central that is Clanbrassil Street. But don’t hold that against them.
The Headline claims to stock the largest selection of draught Irish craft beer in the land, with 24 taps dedicated to local brews. But there’s also an impressive number of international ales available – with the big name European and US hitters available. They also do a very decent two course €16.50 lunch. Don’t go in too early – you may be in a tidy condition by the time you leave.
31 Fleet Street, Dublin, Tel (01) 671 40 38
“But it’s not a craft beer pub,” you cry. “It’s where me da used to drink.” Steady on. Bowe’s is one of those old fashioned Dublin Victorian pubs which has moved with the times (and the tastes of its punters).
A regularly updated chalk board tells you what’s available in the craft stakes and beer bottles are stacked on the shelves behind the bar, which almost runs the length of the room.
They’ve also got a serious collection of whiskeys. Bowe’s has also a few taps dedicated to slightly left of centre choices like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and a couple of Irish options. Plus they do a mean old school toasted sambo – no artisan bread with organically grown tomatoes here. Major expansion plans were revealed for the boozer last October – let’s hope they’re careful as this place is a gem.