We went here while on a trip to Ireland for the shallowest of reasons. We have a dog called Johnny Fox and wanted to visit the pub of almost the same name. Seeing flyers in our hotel did not bode well for a non-tourist trap vibe. However after we pulled in one cold winter lunchtime we experienced a great slice of Irish hospitality high in the Wicklow Mountains.
As has been mentioned in other reviews there is great reading on all of the walls. The beer was fantastic while we sampled the soup for lunch. Carrot and Butterbean was good but the Smoked Seafood chowder was really mind blowing. Throw in some fresh soda bread and butter and you have a great tasty lunch.
Great vibe, great food and drink and great service.
Seriously, why this place doesn't have 5 stars rating yet?! I adore this place and during ten visitations never had even a slightest complaint.
You'll always find a table. At busy busy times I had to wait maybe 10-15 mins. at the "bar" table, but that was no problem, because we ordered drinks.
I'd highly recommend this place for tourists during Hooley Nights. Usually it's €50 per person, which includes separate menu with less choice.
Pub is GOOD FOR DRIVERS! They sell mid-strength Guinness (~2.8%).
Johnnie Fox's pub is high in the Wicklow mountains, just outside of Dublin. They have live Irish music and dancing. I believe on Fridays and Saturdays they have an Irish dancing show which was quite good. The entire entertainment experience between dinner, the music and irish dancing show and the music afterwards were quite good although a little on the more expensive side compared to some other options for Irish music and dancing within Dublin. The band was exceptional however and the Irish dancing was top class as well. Food options were also very good. We had the Mussels which were amazing.
There is a shuttle which takes you from various locations in the city center to Johnnie Foxes and then will take you back into town at last call. We had a few issues with the transportation. Be careful when looking at the Johnnie Fox's website and the shuttle bus website. Some locations appeared on the timetable (and we waited there for the shuttle) however they are no longer being serviced (the shuttle never came). Hopefully they fixed the discrepancy between the websites. We ended up taking a taxi and Johnnie Fox's pub was nice enough to reimburse us for this increased cost. This was very nice of them. The location was the Davenport hotel just in case this has not been updated. I will not put too much blame on Johnnie Foxes for this issue as the transportation is handled by an outside company. Johnnie Foxes did also handle the issue very well.
One benefit many people see is the remote location in the Wicklow mountains over Dublin. This does provide a good atmosphere for sure, but at the end of the night, I think there is also something to be said for being able to walk back to your hotel or house from somewhere in town rather than the trip back from Johnnie Foxes. I think I would recommend getting a taxi (about 20-25 EUR to the city center) rather than taking the shuttle. I felt like the shuttle waited forever to gather all the people back into the bus and then it took quite awhile to come back. Not necessarily the fault of Johnnie Foxes pub as I understand it can be difficult to herd all the drunk people back onto public transport.
Great place to stop after a day in Dublin Mountains. The decor will keep you occupied while waiting on food or drink. Busy place but staff very attentive and kind.
Lovely food and reasonably priced, music and craic so a great place for locals and tourists!
Just what it says on the tin. Old fashioned cosy pub nestled into the mountains, perfect for a good feed after a hike (or feck it, even a drive up there). The views are lovely, the decor is gorgeous, and the food was really great. It's probably not the cheapest, but it is what you would expect in an establishment frequented by so many tourists. It's easy to discount it as just a tourist trap for that very reason, but actually after said hike on Saturday and arrival to a nice roaring fire and some piping hot comfort food, maybe they're onto someting.
Eventually got around to visiting the pub in the mountains. We were coming back from Glendalough a decided to take a detour for some food. Yes we got stuck behind a tour bus on the windy road. Yes the parking was a bit crazy, if only we had seen the car park before we had passed it. Was it crazy busy inside? Nope.
They have a room/hall for the bus groups leaving small tables for families and the likes. Now when I say small tables, ours was the trunk of a fairly large tree.
The tours room seemed to have some music/show going on, while others were left in peace. Johnny Fox's is a Tourist Trap you might think. But aside from the show there was nothing really touristy about it. Yes there are chamber pots and jugs hanging from the ceiling and t-shirts for sale, but sure that is the same in 90% of the pubs in Dublin. And the prices definitely weren't as bad as we had thought they would be.
I had the lamb shank and it was divine, others had the fish and had no complaints. If you are looking for somewhere different for dinner some evening you won't go to far wrong going here.
Great tourist place. From Dublin you get a ride up beautiful scenic mountains to Johnnie Fox's - the view is AMAZING and the exterior of the pub shows real character.
The food was fantastic! For my group we had choices between soup and prawns, then duck or salmon, and then whiskey cake or cobbler. I had the prawns - which were mini prawns with thousand island dressing on them - they were delicious. I then had the salmon with hollandaise sauce - again it was finger licking good. Finally it was time for dessert and I chose the whiskey cake - I swear I cried because it was so delicious. Moist, and flavorful - it was perfect.
And it didn't just end with the food!
Throughout the meal Irish music was playing and drinks were flowing and after dessert they put on a beautiful Irish dance show - it was just an altogether great time.
Only negatives for me - which are more of personal pet peeves - is that it being a heavily emphasized tourist attraction, it was EXTREMELY crowded. I was very clausterphobic at times and even left some of the show to escape some of boisterous crowd.
Over I'm a fan of this pub and would definitely reccommend it to anyone visiting Dublin.
Amazing, amazing staff. I wish I'd gotten her name (nickname "the wicked witch" for her huge laugh brimming with personality). They were fun and made sure we had a great time. We had some of the wait-staff do the "After 8 challenge" (After 8 chocolate mint on your forehead, and with no hands wiggle it down to your mouth) and they had a blast playing with us.
Huge portions for your food. I ordered the filo shrimp which was a little salty but still very good (loved the aoli dip). I also ordered the chicken which was HUGE; tender and came with a side of steamed veggies and mashed potatoes.
Live music guy took requests and also added to our great time :)
Amazing craic & amazing service.
Went on a Sunday afternoon and it was crowded but the staff was very helpful and found us a table. Great atmosphere and they play live music every night but for some reason it started late the night we were there so we missed it
As for the food - it was good but not great. I had a cold plate of shrimp clams oysters crab claws salmon and crab meat plus a couple of pints of Guinness. My wife had cooked salmon and she said it was good but not exceptional.
If you're in the area you probably should go - its a landmark.
In Dublin for a quick visit and met up with a few local friends. They, thankfully, took me to JF"s. I really enjoyed myself. Had the Seafood Chowder. Really tasty. Spied the Lamb Shank at the table next to us and was sold on the view alone. When it arrived, it did not disappoint. So tender and full of flavor. Nestled into a table next to the fireplace (still a bit chilly) in the main bar. Live music. Wonderful singer with acoustic guitar and harmonica. The back room had a live band with traditional Irish songs. Just a fun easy going night. Thanks!
I had not been here in years and I had forgotten how good it was. The food is good with a large choice and big portions. You should see the size of the doggy bag I came away with which they are happy to provide.
Johnnie Fox's proudly asserts itself as the highest pub in Ireland. Perched a top the Dublin Mountains, this pub looks like a cosy cottage. Once inside though, it's more like a museum that serves alcohol. You're guaranteed to get a good Guinness while you take in a little culture and history.
The amount of memorabilia that's packed inside is amazing. There's some great historical photographs of Eamon de Valera and other famous Irish politicians too. There's even Famine artifacts, such a big copper pot that served over 800 people every day.
Johnnie Fox's is much more than a pub and worth the 25 minute drive from the city centre for the view alone. The things you'll see and do here will keep you entertained all night.
After a walk through the Knocksink Woods near Enniskerry we felt lucky and dropped into Johnnie Fox's Pub. Of course that was a hopeless idea on a bank holiday's afternoon. When we walked in there were groups of people trapped at the bar in the entrance area, getting drunk while waiting for tables to become available. Only to have a second look we went a bit further and bumped into a waiter with a question mark as a face. I told him we were looking for a table for two. He said, "Of course! Follow me." And quick like snap without any reservation we got seated in a cozy corner on the busiest day of the year. Don't try that if you are more than 2 people though!
To celebrate our luck and the fact that this month my company was paying for one dinner up to 100 Euros we ordered one lobster each, some wine and Guinness. The wine was a Chardonnay (Vin de Pays d'Oc, no year) and nothing special. The lobster was excellent. It was already cut into halves which made it easy to eat. Those of you who once sat before an unopened lobster know what I'm talking about. Fort Knox is nothing in comparison. Johnnie Fox's lobster was enriched with shrimp and the side dishes were great. So was the Guinness of course.
What I like about eating lobster is that you don't over eat on it because there is quite some labour involved to get to the best bits of meat. The pub even had the right utensils to crack everything open and poke into the smallest corners of the shell to get the juiciest meat. The pure muscle meat tasted sweet and was very tender. When I lived in the States on the east coast I once had a lobster brought fresh from the sea and grilled on my porch. Perhaps that one was even a touch better. But chapeau to Johnnie Fox's indeed. That was a great meal for a tourist trap. At the end the damage was 98 Euros including tip and we were not one cent poorer. That was just a great May Day Bank Holiday.
PS: Why is it not 5 stars? I don't like the tourist profile that they are keeping up (highest pub etc.) and I think you should never cram so many people into one location. I am always checking for the nearest fire door when I am there. Less quantity, more quality would do the trick. And of course: the last and most important star goes to my company who payed for lobster and drinks.
A brilliant place; a place every tourist should have been! The atmosphere is very welcoming and it's many rooms give a cosy feeling.
As this is 'the most famous pub in Ireland', being the highest and all, one can always expect tourists here and the whole program which is setup for them.
A place one should have been!
This place is great and although it is really famous and on a lot of tourist lists of places to visit, lots of locals come here, especially in the summer to sit out on the tables and relax in the Dublin Mountains amongst the lovely flowers and cool antiques dotted outside the pub.
Inside it is so cosy and old style cottage like with lots of curiosities from Irish times past. I went here for a Valentine's Day set lunch meal and the food was amazing, and so was the whole menu design itself, with smoked oysters and lobster being what most sticks out in my mind.
There is live music here most nights for free and they have traditional hooley night here that is suppose to be really good and well worth the money.
The highest pub in Ireland supposedly and a very pretty and quaint pub at that! Its a bit of a drive up the hill from Rathfarnham but worth it. Outside of the pub are an old car, a big old green phone box, an old mangle while inside the pub has a large collection of Irish knicknacks and knickers hanging off the fireplaces, just as if old Ma Fox had just hung up her smalls.
The food is expensive though but i had a lovely lamb stew with boiled potates, celery and carrots. It could have been a bigger portion though as i was still a bit hungry afterwards. The fish pie my friend has was quite large with mussels, salmon, cod and cockles and served with mash and fresh vegetables. However my friend said that the actual fish was a bit dry as if it was not cooked in the sauce it was served in.
Overall a nice visit although on our visit it was very busy and a bit annoying to see reserved signs on all the tables but i think that was to stop people just walking in and sitting down. Once we spoke to the boss about a table we were quickly seated at a nice table near an open fire.
I chatted it up with a man in the pub, he looked a little rusty to me... but was a gentleman, listening to me go on and on for hours.
There were trinkets everywhere, mighty collection they've got going here.
Drinks were good. Didn't have the food but I definitely eyed some dishes on other people's plates. Perhaps I was awkwardly staring at them.
Then there was something about red lipstick, a pervert, and cradle-robber involved. But again, it's all hazy.
My brother said, that if there was a place to go when we were visiting Dublin, we had to go to Johnny Fox's.
1. It's a long bus ride out of town
2. If it's a dead night, you are trapped there until the bus leaves at close.
3. The service was fine
4. The food was mediocre.
This is definitely a place where the crowd and the entertainment makes the night. I have heard wonderful things... but I am not sure I would go again.
The minute you mention Johnnie Foxes, someone in the room will turn around and tell you that it's the highest pub in Ireland. Why this is such an impressive claim to fame, I don't know - it's hardly sitting half way up Everest.
It's one of those Irish pubs that has every rake, teapot, dishcloth or photo from its past attached to its walls and ceiling to create an interesting mishmash, if not a living pub-gallery but God help us if there is ever an earthquake in Enniskerry. It's unabashedly touristy but definitely populated by Enniskerry locals too. To me, it doesn't matter if the intention of the trad sessions is to package some begorrah-bejaysus Oirishness, they're good craic and the musicians are quality. The menu contains hearty Irish dishes and seafood. If you're booking a table, ask for one that faces the stage so you have a good view of the musicians.
The craic is mighty, the atmosphere is lively, the surroundings are unique - well worth a visit.
Its amazing how full this place gets during the summer even on weekdays! its usually not full of locals or anything but every single corner and stool and cobwebby nook is taken over by a tourist who decended from a tour bus outside the door.
I have never eaten in here, its always too packed but i have brought people here for drinks, its always a great spot to bring a non irish person to give them a flavour of what ireland used to be like when their great grannies uncle left ireland in search of a better life.
There is always a bit of irish music being played and all the non irish people join in for the ones that they know and everyone claps along and taps there feet irish style and johnnie foxes makes a fortune out of the whole thing.
Not a place for locals in my opinion but a great place to bring your distant relative from outer mongolia!
"The highest pub in Dublin"
Take that how you will.
A tourist trap for sure, but a good one. Strong drinks, good craic and good food. I had some salmon pie thing and it was delicious. Being in a dress, they pulled me on stage to dance with the band.
I had a blast. Get drunk, you'll enjoy yourself madly. The food is traditional Irish (as far as tourists are concerned), and you can enjoy the band and souvenirs.
A must-do for anyone coming to Dublin for their first time. Great for pictures, getting a taste of the local music and food.. and a taste of Ireland is for damn sure.
This is an OK pub with a claim to fame as the highest pub in Ireland.
The main reason I give it four stars is the scenic journey on the drive to the pub. That the main reason you do it. The pub is a destination and the views along the way are cool.
Decent pint of Guinness and very good mussels.
Chips were fresh and crisp.
Johnny Foxes caters to locals, Dubliners on a short day trip and tourists looking for a bit of begorrah alike. Good food and regular entertainment. The decor is a little OTT but a nice atmosphere nevertheless. It's particularly pleasant on a Sunday evening after a walk in the nearby hills with the large fires being particularly welcome during winter. It's very well known for its hooley nights although they tend to be very packed out so getting there early is advisable.
The one snag is that getting there can be quite difficult as it's in the middle of nowehere and there's precious little public transport so either arrange a taxi in advance or get there by car. one word of warning though - don't draw the short straw when the DD is being chosen because you don't want to be stone cold sober for more than a short while here.
Johnnie Fox's Pub is near Stepaside village in Dublin.
It is about 25-35 minutes drive from Dublin City centre.
It is a traditional irish pub specialising in seafood, guiness and tradtional irish music. They are well known hooley nights, which I found are very good fun.
The hooley involves a tradtional irish band, irish dancers and a bit of craic. Johnnie Foxes is a great place to bring visitors to Ireland.
Lamb shank = amazing! A must go if you are in Dubin. Go to the hooley show!
Great place for a pint and craic. Gorgeous interiors and I hear the food is pretty good. Not a bad place to spend an evening or an afternoon :-) would go back anytime :-)
If you're looking for the dinner and show, it is decent; meals good, music's okay, dancing is actually quite good. Be prepared to sit on a stool for the meal and entertainment. Wasn't the best for my elderly father, but he still lasted.
I have visited this glamorous pub several times over the years, two weeks in a row in last month and each time I was fascinated and extremely enjoyed the food and atmosphere. This is one place in Dublin that I would bring every visitor who visits our place from other countries. The staff is always lovely and food is absolutely fantastic. I guess I don't have to say much as it tells the story when you see the pub-car-park anytime during the weekends. Well, one thing, there was an old bus parked beside the pub and you don't get to see that anymore since last July. That was adding so much value to the place but it's gone. Rain or Shine, I would highly recommend this place, Traditional and Sensational. (In winter times, you may ring the pub before going there to make sure the roads are fine)
I went with a large group on a business trip. We enjoyed a nice meal with traditional Irish dance. I stayed in Dublin's city centre during my stay and this was a nice change of pace instead of the busy city.
This is what every tourist bar aspires to achieve. It is the kind of Irish Pub that makes it into Disney movies. After a magic taxi (our bus never showed) ride up a hill, we had a delightful meal of local standards. My lamb was tasty, if over cooked, and went well with the copious amounts of beer we enjoyed. The restaurant invited us to join the dinner show to make amends for the mystery bus which was a highlight of our trip. The verdict: I want to take my mom here when we next visit Ireland.
Johnnie Fox's Pub is one of the best pubs to go to in Dublin. Hard to find, you will need a desinated driver here. The food is fab. Staff are friendly and at weekends they have Tradional Irish Dancers performing for the punters.Great day out for all young and old. Great place to bring young children, family's. Good place for a date. Whatever your into. Well worth a visit. Enjoy.
probably a total tourist trap, but who cares: if anyone wants to make that bus trip or drive up the winding dublin mountains, good luck to them, and good for them for picking a super little spot. overall it is one of my favourite pubs to visit in (county) dublin!
lovely place to go when you're out for a drive (or to meet friends and family if you're back in ireland visiting). totally irish, and manages not to be "oirish", despite all the clap trap and tchotchkes . i love the old newspaper front pages above the urinals in the men's room! lovely open fireplaces in a couple of the rooms, and great pints of guinness and smithwick's (which i was drinking on my most recent visit, at the end of december 2009). the food is pretty good too, though on a previous visit i made the mistake of ordering some kind of a victorian baked fish casserole, which i seem to recall contained mayonnaise and banana! eek!
Must see pub in Dublin. A little off the beaten track but well worth the effort of getting to.Rustic decor with a old time feel.Food is excellent and drinks good as well (a bit over priced as it is a tourist attraction).Live music is excellent.Must go!
Oysters and salmon were excellent. Atmosphere and service were great.
If you're into twee, you'll be in heaven. Twee is the order of the day in this Twee land, Twee Street, North Twee on top of Twee hill. Mind you, the food is damn good, and not as expensive as it could be seeing that you're stranded at the top of a mountain. Make sure to get here before dark though, the view is half the value of coming up to this remote point. You'll have plenty of time for pints later.
A beguiling array of furniture and bric-a-brac awaits those who enter here, it's commonly ribbed for being very touristy and, although this is true, the food is delicious. I had the mussels and they tasted incredibly fresh. If you don't mind the decor, which is trying a little too hard, pop in for some great food.
Johnny Foxes is the highest pub in Dublin, situated at the top of the Dublin mountains. If you are looking to soak up some Irish culture while in town, this is a must-visit as the hooley nights here are famous. Irish dancers and musicians perform every night and the parties often last into the late hours. The menu is varied and offers a variety of dishes but the emphasis is very much on seafood, which they do briliiantly.
Johnnie Fox's Pub famous for being the highest pub in the land.
Unfortunatly I can't say anything good about it. The day I went, there was a trad band playing (out of tune), I was served the worse gin and tonic I have EVER had out and there was over an hour wait for a table.
Now having said that, I know Irish people who hold fond memories of Johnnie Fox's regular trad sessions and the such. Like a lot of things Irish, it seems to have suffered from the influx of tourists.
Great food, out in the middle of the hills. So what about the tourists? It's popular for a reason, arrive nice and late on a funny day of the week and then really sock up the weird bits and pieces hanging all about without interruption.
Hello!! It was a lovely Sunday evening in May and I had been out for a drive with my girlfriend. When I thought that it would be a treat to go to Jonnie Fox's Pub for some dinner and a sit down as I hadn't been there for a month or so. Now don't get me wrong, I know it's always busy and I wasn't expecting to be treated like royalty and get to have a quiet seat. I just thought that the staff and management would be accomodating and at least, pleasant. But boy was I mistaken. Not only did the staff brush us off when we asked what to do about seating, but the manager who was supposed to be seating "paying customers", was nowhere to be found. I turned at one stage and saw the discription of the manager, which I had gotten myself from the barman. As I approached him with the hand raised and the usual, "excuse me", he quickly turned on his heels and was gone. It was like a take from an episode of Faulty Towers. At this stage, myself and my infuriated girlfriend had be standing waiting, tooing and frowing for the guts of a half an hour. We couldn't take anymore and left. It amazes me, that a place with such a good reputation with tourists, can have such a "no one cares" attitude to local customers. Obviously my custom and the custom of my family and friends isn't needed in Ballycullan anymore. Best of luck Johnnie Fox's Pub!
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