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Need and artist? Then try these two Dublin pubs

TWO Dublin watering holes have been named on a list of the world’s best-known hangouts for artists, musicians, writers and thinkers.

Toners on Baggot Street and Kennedys on Westland Row both made the cut.

They were named alongside such famous pubs as Bob 
Dylan’s famous New York haunt The White Horse Tavern.

The list of 16 international “artist hangouts you can still go to” was compiled by influential American news organisation CNN.

Under the Toners entry, the Dublin institution is called “the only pub that WB Yeats ever visited”.

It said: “Officially dubbed a UNESCO city of literature, Dublin is home to numerous literary pubs.

“Toners takes top honours for not only being a regular haunt of authors such as Patrick Kavanagh and Bram Stoker, but for being the only pub poet WB Yeats ever visited.”

It added: “Management at Toners candidly reveal that Yeats had misgivings before his first pub visit and was indeed not impressed enough to 
become a regular pub-goer, unlike many of his contemporaries.”

literati

The piece said that the snug at Toners, which was named snug of the year in 2010, was typical of a traditional Irish pub and the place where “the old Irish literati” hang out.

Kennedys on Westland Row was the last of the artistic pubs to make the list.

“Oscar Wilde wasn’t just a drinker here, he once worked at the shop attached to the bar.

“The gorgeous marble bar has been preserved from the time when Samuel Beckett and James Joyce were regulars,” its entry said.

Michael Quinn, the owner of Toners, told the

“To be in the company of Hemingway and to be up there with pubs from New York and Cuba, it’s a great honour. It’s no mean feat,” he said.

Among the other pubs around the world to have made the list were La Closerie des Lilas in Paris, which was frequented by Paul Cezanne, Ernest Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald, among others.

In 1922, the cafe reportedly witnessed the historic tiff 
between Tristan Tzara and 
Andre Breton that brought an end to the Dada movement in Paris.

lbyrne@herald.ie


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