7 Pubs to listen Traditional Irish Music in Dublin
By Joao Ferreira
If you live in Dublin, or you are here as tourist or even for a business reason. If you are a Feadog Whistle player, beginner or even a more experienced, I will outline some good pubs to listen the very Traditional Irish Music, and outstanding tin whistle players indeed.
Here I suggest you to take a time off or pick a time in your travel itinerary to stop for a pint in one of these pubs. Give you a chance to listen the traditional Irish Music and its very particular instruments as Accordion, Bodhran, Fiddle, Bouzouki and the Feadog Whistle (read the previous article). Dance, relax and enjoy. It is a lot of fun at all.
Home of The Dubliners, O’Donoghues is perhaps the greatest, traditional Irish pub in Dublin. So, It is always busy, especially when Ronnie Drew and the Dubliners would come and play, for free, with other local musicians as they sat around the fire with tables full of black and white pints.
2- DOHENY & NESBITTS
Just up the road from O’Donoghues you’ll find Doheny & Nesbitts, another completely unique pub. You won’t see anything like it anywhere else in the world. A very traditional family owns this pub, and it is one of the oldest pubs in Dublin.. Inside you’ll discover lots of polished brass and dark wood, two snugs and a function room.
O’Neills is slap bang between Grafton Street and Temple Bar, Trinity College and the Molly Malone statue – perfect for any pub crawl. They’ve got traditional Irish music sessions but also Irish dancing, jigs, reels and all sorts of mischief and fun.
4- THE HAIRY LEMON
The Hairy Lemon was named after one of the city’s great characters – a dog catcher in the 1950s. Definitely the pub itself is a bit of a rabbit warren but there’s usually a traditional Irish music session on in here somewhere – you just have to follow your ears.
John Kehoe’s always looks the same. It never changes. That means it’s completely authentic, unspoilt and brimming with atmosphere and tradition. A trad session here is usually small but absolutely fantastic.
The Oliver St John Gogarty is in Temple Bar and has live Irish music and ballads every single day of the week, all afternoon and into the night. That’s upstairs. Downstairs, other sessions can spark up at any time.
7- THE COBBLESTONE
This is considered the best pub in Dublin for live traditional Irish music sessions. The Cobblestone is in Smithfield, near the Jameson Distillery and across the river from Guinness’s. The owner has made sure he has the best musicians in the city and you’ll be impressed every night of the week and all afternoon at the weekends.
Likely it might come up some controversy on that list, but certainly most of the Irish traditional musicians will agree that most of these pubs are great places to listen good musicians and our Feadog Original Irish Whistle.
I believe after visiting these 7 pubs in Dublin you will get inspired to start and learn how to play our Feadog Whistles. Browse our website and look for the one that fits your needs. If you are already a player becomes our fan visiting our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to be aware of tips and further information.