The Church is an amazing looking place but apart from that, it contains what is probably the best beer garden in the city centre. During the summer, they regularly do an outdoor BBQ. During the winter, the outdoor area still has its charm if the heating is on but don't worry, inside is very warm indeed and there's loads of space.
It's not the cheapest place to order a beer but it's far from the worst. They have a great selection of Irish Craft Beer on tap too but if you prefer bland then they also serve the usual suspects from the multinationals.
I vaguely recall eating there years ago but I don't recall the meal so that means it was good but not worth remembering be it negative or positive.
Went to The Church as part of a large party and really enjoyed the venue. I arrived early and had a look around. It is a very large bar/restaurant. I didn't eat, but a friend had the chicken wings and said they were good.
As the bar filled up with the people arriving for the party, it did get very loud, as you can imagine. The bartenders were friendly and worked quickly to fill orders.
There is also the nightclub, restaurant, and beer garden that I did not visit, but when I go back to Dublin, I'll visit The Church again.
I went here just for drinks on a Saturday afternoon/evening. The interior is huge and different and pretty much like a classic beer-hall but with the addition of stained glass windows. There is a huge bar in the middle of the floor. I personally hate the "floating bar" concept - basically no back wall and the counter can be approached from any side". This means that there's no real way to queue for drinks and people get served in random order with the bar-staff usually grabbing orders like headless chickens.
I found the prices particularly expensive for drinks especially the pretend-posh beers, like Stella, Erdinger and Becks. They're throwing them out for anywhere from €5.80 to €6.30 which is dericulous for a daytime pint.
The atmosphere was pretty much the opposite of what I like in a bar - epically noisy choir of people shouting across their own table be heard above the background noise, the continuous grating screech of chairs being dragged around - all echoing around the high ceiling.
So yeah I pretty much hated the place based on it's 'ambience' but then I'm not one for the "superpub" anyway so I had probably just wandered into the wrong place I suppose.
The Church is not somewhere I would recommend for any form of a "piss up".
At 7.90 for a vodka and coke, you can guarantee that regardless how beautiful this club/bar is, nobody in their right mind would go out here continually.
It doesn't matter how much history you throw at people - see menu with vague statement that Handel MAY have played at the organ located there - or beautiful hardwood galleries, this place is overpriced and from what I've experienced does not necessarily attract the best clientèle.
Downstairs club is also very tiny, which causes the whole place to feel as if you were in a furnace. As Annie L. mentioned, the same sex toilets are a little odd, with no staff appearing to be near so as to prevent any shenanigans going on.
Food was hit and miss. I had the pumpkin linguine and while filling, it was pretty bland. On the opposite end of the scale, the Christmas pudding cheesecake was gorgeous, and I would have gladly eaten far more of it.
Just such an oddball of an establishment, that I would say it's like marmalade, only way you can get a genuine idea of whether it is for you, is to visit it.
Ooohhh... good food, nice service and one of the few places in the city center where you have something similar too a "Biergarten". Go there on a sunny day and relax
some nice food here but a little expensive for what you get but still tasty. I have dropped in here a few times and have always had a nice meal and no complaints with the place i actually quite like it i just find it a little over priced.
Aesthetically, this is a lovely spot. As the name suggests, the bar is in an old church, and therefore, is huge, with high vaulted ceilings, and all the stained glass and epic wood carvings you'd expect.
It also has a great little beer garden to the side with lots of outdoor heaters to keep you toasty as the weather gets chiller. It's a good spot if you've got some smokers in your gang that don't want to be skipping outside all the time, and of course if it's a sunny day.
I haven't had the food so can't comment on that, but just a note on the beer. We were told upon asking for a Heineken that they only sell 'premium beers', then offered a Stella instead. Are Stellas really 'premium' now? And what's with the booze snobbery?
Happily ordered a Stella anyway, until I realised, they were €6.10 each! I thought the boom days were over?!!
Had an excellent selection of appetizers and Irish whiskeys. The ambiance was awesome!
Although the place is amazing, great atmosphere, live music and Irish dancing, I still don't like the fact that the service isn't that good! I've been there a couple of times and no one ever receives me at the door. I choose my own table and wait basically for half an hour or even more for any waiter/waitress to bring the menu and still nothing happens until I stand and go get the menu by myself.
Not very friendly staff I have to say, which is a pity because once you're in there the minimum you'd expect is an average service.
Still try it out and see it for yourself.
I dropped in for lunch as I wanted to sit outside, and I needed some peace and quiet.
The Church, while busy enough inside, was dead quiet outside. Perfect!
Ordered the Chicken wrap, why must I always order chicken wraps?? (Maybe I'm on a quest for the best chicken wrap?) The wrap was ok. I was hungry and I ate it.
The interior was fairly cool but the underside was slightly scorched so it looks like they attempted to heat it up. Not gross, just kind of weird with a hot outer wrap and cool inner filling. The salad it came with was really nice. Fresh with a light
dressing on it, I enjoyed that more than the chicken wrap. It was a very small serving, and as I sit here, I think I'm still hungry. If I had investigated the menu further, I'd have got the lunch special which is a wrap, soup and a mineral for 11.
Servcie was reasonably quick and pleasant.
For being the perfect place for me to sit I give it a 4 star, but then I knock one down for being farily mediocre. I'm going to knock it back again as a small wrap with a side salad and a diet coke came to 11 euros..a bit steep in these post-Tiger days...
As I write this, I realise, they've overcharged me. They charged me 11, with the wrap being 7 something. Even if you call it 8, that means they charged me 4 euro for a diet coke. Ok, my bad for not double checking, but in my defence I've a raging headache and it was raining so I just wanted to go. Now I have to go back and ask for change... joy..I tossed the reciept..
What a great space with so much potential... unfortunately, however, it doesn't meet up to expectations. While I probably wouldn't hesitate to enjoy a beverage at the bar, in the comfy lounge or at one of the many hightop tables, I would also not hesitate to pass on ordering any food.
I've been here once for lunch and enjoyed the light bites but this most recent visit was pretty disappointing. The lasagna and BLT we ordered were served so fast it had us wondering... nothing served this quickly can be good. The BLT was smothered in thousand island dressing and served on a ciabatta (?) which was not toasted and pretty doughy. As my friend put it, leave the ciabattas to the Italians! And, the lasagna (which appeared to be microwaved) was 3/4 cheese with only a bit of meat and pasta. We should probably leave this to the Italians as well!
And, all that (including two bevvies to drown the taste of the poor meal) came to about $45 ... um, did we just pay for that?!
The Church is such a cool spot and such an amazing space - but it may want to find some religion and pray for a new chef.
It's a nice enough place for a casual gathering, especially because it's so big. The staff are welcoming but not intrusive and there's a pretty decent menu for all tastes, though nothing really appealed to me per se.
It's a nice looking place and I even thought the toilets were quite fancy but, as everyone else has stated, a bit out of the way. In the crypts of a church.
It's never going to be my first choice for a casual night out, but it's worth a look if you're from out of town.
This is one of those must see place when visiting Dublin. Stop in for a coffee of pint and take a great look at what use to once upon a time be a Real church. This place is very beautiful inside and out and by all means take a look downstairs, its amazingly beautiful decor restaurant. Excellent place to dine for the evening, but on the pricey side........and pleaseeeeeee make reservations, your going to need it.
Its a nice place to have a pint or two its not loud like the other pubs so youn can chat with your mates without shouting at each other. The place is massive aswell so you dont have to worry about squeezing everytime you buy a pint overall i liked it though its a lil bit pricey
The Church bar is a former Church that was converted into a restaurant/bar. Don't let the fact that it used to be a Church put you off. The place is pleasing to the eyes and I did not see a single thing that would qualify as tacky. The food is good but on the pricey side. That said, I have to talk about the service. I had a server called Valentine and the man is just about one of the best servers I have ever had the experience of dealing with. He is very charming and warm, a great conversationalist. The quality service he provided made the visit even more awesome. The dining area is located upstairs while the magnificent bar is downstairs. I wish I had time to check out the bar but I will save that for my next visit to Dublin.
I thought the church was a nice bar with great service but most certainly not a HUGE Dublin attraction or a 'must see'...Spend your time going else where if you are only here a few days.
The service is wonderful, the bar is beautiful and opened late.
However, not a major attraction but yet advertised as such.
Its alright. I went in on a weekday for food, a pint and a read of my book. Its lovely inside with lots of nice seating and the table service was good. I didn't love the food. I got the battered cod and chips and it was fine but a bit tasteless. It definitely looked nicer than it tasted, and I didn't find the menu that appealing.
The toilets, as Annie said, are sort of unisex and they seem quite out of the way - you go downstairs and then you have a moment where you wonder if you're wandering into the gents by accident. For all their unisexness they're really swanky looking, although the first sink I went to didn't work and the first dryer I went to didn't work.
Overall it was fine but I didn't love it.
Drinks and Food ++++
Great pub grub. Drinks are at a standard Irish Pub level in Dublin.
Typical service for a pub in Dublin, as far as I can remember.
Given it's location and atmosphere I thought the prices were alright.
On the north side of Dublin. Only a few minute walk away from O'Connell bridge.
Wonderful old church style. Cosy and relaxing pub. Spent some lovely afternoons there.
I went here for the sole purpose of having a typically Irish drink in a former church. Had the Baileys coffee, which to be honest was all right, but not more than that. The cream was nice, but the presentation a bit sad (two and a half coffee beans on top, boring glass... dunno, just could have been nicer) and the coffee itself was rather dull-tasting. But the service was very friendly, and the building itself is well worth a visit/look. It also probably looks nicer at night.
If I were rating merely on the architecture and decor it would get five stars and normally I would give it at least another star. However, everything else was just that bad. The service was great at first, the waiter was very attentive, remembering what I ordered and forgetting what the bf order. When he finally remembered, the food came quickly. Why the chips were ok, but my chicken Caesar salad was warm and the dressing was more like lightly seasoned mayo than actual Caesar dressing.
Then there was the bus boy who knocked a plastic holder of brochures on me, not once but twice. Add to this it took us for ever to get our check. GAH.
Now to be fair, we did only eat at the pub. Maybe the restaurant is better. I don't know and I am not sure if I care.
This is a place people should come to visit once I mean how often do you have a beer in a cool church??
But I would not come here to have a full on meal bc their meals are overpriced and bad.
I ordered the beef lasagna and it was over saturated with cheese literally tasted like cheese dip! Super small portions too.
Overall, I think its worth it to come here once for a drink if you are ever visiting Dublin.
€5.50 for a pint of Guinness. What are they thinking!?
As others say, it's a pub for the "sophisticated", I'd say it's for those with money to burn.
The conversion of Church to pub done tastefully. As expected it was busy and loads of tourists popping in for a visit and taking photos.
Food is only ok and service is slow. I had the lamb pie and it was bland and lacked flavour. The Weiss beer I had came out of a bottle and I wish they told me that when I ordered :-( all in all an ok place and won't be rushing back unless I have some tourist in tow :-)
The Church is worth a visit at least once for the building alone. Other than that, I found the food and service to be very impressive, although the price was a bit off-putting. We were using a Hi-Life Diners Club card when we were there, so it was a lot more affordable but I probably wouldn't return to pay full whack.
I went here yesterday with high expectations which soon dropped.
The staff are not trained.
They are all over the place.
The theme is a terrible mix of a church/irish pub/hotel lobby.
I was served by 2 waitresses (both were not aware of this!)
i ordered a drink, took forever to come, as the waitress came she spilled the drink all down herself.
i then made a quick get away and left before the food came!
The loos are for all essences and purposes unisex. I'm not too cool with that.
It's one thing if its a dive bar and there is only one toilet but there was a sea of toilets. It's design tries oh too hard to be cool. OK at the start of the night but as the night progressed you had messy drunk men stumbling in to use the hand-dryers... Because apparently none of them worked on their side.
Not my spot for late at night, maybe a pre-game spot or a coffee spot during the day.
No, no, no not my cup of tea at all.
I've been here twice now; the first time I came with my parents and their duck was overcooked, the second time multiple people got duck and they said it was great.
The food is always presented very beautifully, and tastes pretty good--not the best I've had in Dublin, but not the worst either. Could be a bit less costly for what they offer.
Drinks took forever for us to get them, and one of them was wrong so we sent it back (taking over 5 minutes to get the new one). Also, being vegetarian, I asked if the soup of the day had vegetable or chicken or beef stock and the waitress said 'I don't know, its probably vegetable. No one has ever asked that before'. Way to make me feel comfortable and unsure about if I can eat that or not....another person at the table asked her to go check and she came back (once again, over 5 minutes later, to let us know that it was vegetable).
Beautiful inside, but I'm sure everyone has said that!
There was a live band at one point playing, but they were so loud that it was difficult to hear other people talking over them.
How often can you call a church your local?
Already a historical landmark for Irish political, business and literary heroes like Jonathan Swift, Arthur Guinness and Sean O'Casey, today The Church punctuates the Henry / Mary street shopping area as a welcome place for bag-laden shoppers and locals alike to set down their burdens.
Stepping inside, first-timers are immediately swept up in the interior's grandeur - from an original (but silent) pipe organ, to hand-painted murals, replica tombstones and dark woods and marble, all lovingly restored by original owner John Keating.
If it's a soft day, head inside and grab one of The Church's lush leather couches; if there's a shred of sun, make for cool cafe-style seating available outside.
The lunchtime menu is varied, with wraps, sandwiches, salads and soup of the day offered along with finger-food platters for groups sharing. Unfortunately, the prices reflect the surroundings, and range from €8.95 for a Goat's Cheese and Spinach Salad to €13.95 for fish and chips.
Leave the ground floor for the airy Gallery above and discover a more grown-up menu offering seafood, pasta and other dishes. An Early Bird menu is available from 5-7pm Sun - Fri, while the evening menu delivers on portions and taste.
Pint lovers will find The Church taste runs toward mass-market, with no craft beers or specialties on tap. Lovers of Guinness, Miller, Corona and others will find prices again to reflect the decor, but quick table and bar service does make drinking it all in much easier.
For casual pub explorers, be sure to avoid Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for a first-time visit, as Dublin's bright young things pack the bar and make space a rarer commodity than a free seat.
Go in on a lazy Sunday afternoon for a slow lunch and a long chat, and let the magic of this historic space make your weekend one to remember.
I was really torn how to feel about The Church. I kept asking myself how a church so steeped in history would end up becoming a bar. On one hand I was glad that this historic and beautiful building was re-purposed so that it could be seen and enjoyed. On the other hand I'm not sure how those interned souls and church founders would feel about this historic place of reverence being used for bacchanalia and clubbing.
Here's how it works, three levels three menus. Two pricing tiers. There's budget priced bar food, and an eyebrow raising upstairs menu and daily specials. We stuck with the bar food and had a great bowl of seafood chowder and a beer at a reasonable price. The building is really the star here. The organ, the memorials, the stained glass and history. Arthur Guinness was married here. Handel practiced on the organ. It's in great condition and you descend in to the crypt to find the banos and a thumpin dance club. Not sure there's too much resting in peace going on. It was a true curiosity and I was glad I was able to see this grand old Church. That being said there was nothing here that compelled me to return.
It feels sinful to be schmoozing around with cocktails in a House of God but I suppose that's what makes it so fun!
As a Yelper as previously said, it's a bit weird with the layout. If you are lounging at a table and happen to look up, you can see where the choir probably spend many an hour giving themselves laryngitis and swaying from side to side (but in an ever so dignified and holy way) and more than one person has mentioned that they are not very relaxed with the unisex bathrooms (Men should not see women put on makeup and we should not have to see men pee and not wash their hands)
The bar is the main feature as it is the first thing that dominates the room when you walk in the door, however if you find yourself wanting to boogie, there is a pretty good dance floor downstairs (past the uni sex bathrooms)
Nice place to start off the night (of DEBAUCHERY *Insert Evil Laugh*)
A place to pray for a good meal and service.
Food: mediocre. Nothing to crave or return to.
Price: not of value - a bit dear for what you actually get
Service: very poor.
Atmosphere: Not the worst, but not the best either.
Went here with a friend for dinner after a social engagement. We were dressed in our "Sunday Best" and seemed to be a bit over-dressed compared to the current crowd.
We arrived at 840 and the place was near empty. We inquired if they were closing, but the hostess politely informed us they seat until 10.
We were eventually seated, after initial confusion as to where was 'open'. We were placed by the kitchen, which is upstairs. It was from this vantage point we got to witness the kitchen staff be abusive toward one another. Quite romantic!
Our waiter was a snob and treated us with disdain and contempt. When we indicated that we were interested in the 60 Euro special for two, which is advertised on a chalk sandwich board outside, he seemed disgusted. He initially told us that they 'normally' stop serving that special at 8:30, but he'd make an exception. Keep in mind this customer friendly service wasn't done with a smile, but apparent irritation and a real heavy sigh. We should of left.
The food arrived in a timely fashion. Portions small, bland in taste, and appearance boring. As a previous reviewer stated: faux-classy.
The 'basement' is where the toilets are located. The lads and ladies are connected. You can see an unusual bit of 'washroom stratification' as the ladies side is significantly nicer than the lads. For example, the ladies would have automatic water taps, but the fellows would have those annoying push taps. Ladies had automatic soap dispensers - for the fellows it looked like someone went to Tesco and bought a couple disposable soap squirts.
At the conclusion of the meal, the waiter assumed I was tipping him an entire 20 Euros and walked away with no apparent intent to return. When he was finally able to be retrieved, he let out a melodramatic sigh (seriously.)
Apart from the atmosphere of being in a "church" and having a massive organ in the place, there really is no redeeming quality.
Spend your Euros elsewhere.
At the risk of sounding like my parents generation I must say that The Church is some "swanky digs". Considering it was an actual church at one point you get this strange feeling of shame and guilt in here because it is now a home to indulgence and pride. Even the barely separated mens and ladies bathrooms seem like a blatant attempt to flout the former purpose of the building.
Another thing that's not too divine are its prices. Although the food is quite nice.....albeit shamefully decadent. I've a pain in my arse trying to come up with more religious shtick so I'll get to the point.
Looks nice inside and has a cool novelty but not a whole lot else going for it. I actually found some (not all mind you) of the staff a little rude too. Guess it's one of those places to be "seen".
Tried swordfish, quality over quantity!
I really like this place because Its looks. I always take my visitors here for first. I had a nice dinner as well, the food was fine, as the service, but nothing special. The service staff is usual under high pressure and in a rush, so thats the only thing I don't like.
Exception is the reservations manager, she is a nice, professional woman, always smiling and taking good care of the customers! Most of the time she is on the floor, guiding the guests.
I recommend this place for an early evening pint, and having some snacks!
Dublin can be proud of this sight!!
Real nice place for lunch. Quaint atmosphere - a pub/restaurant in a church! Enjoyed the wrap, soup, salad lunch special for 10 Euro.
This is a place to definitely recommend to anybody. I really enjoyed the meals and the church atmosphere was unique.
I wonder if my meal was blessed?
This place is a MUST at least once solely because it's a friggin' church...who could pass up on drinking brews in an old church?!
The food is so-so...we had the fish & chips and the steak sandwich and both were just decent.
The real show-stopper is the giant organ on the 2nd level overlooking the entire restaurant...so epic! Of course the bar placed smack-dab in the middle of the church helps too. This place really just has an awesome vibe going on--stained glass, red mood lighting (to add to the feeling of sin, of course), and an open, spacious setting with lots of places for your eyes to wander.
The nightclub underneath the church is pretty interesting too. You climb down the winding stairs in the church tower and find yourself in a weird little underworld...its a lot to take in at first.
Overall, I was really glad we stumbled upon this sweet little find! Great place to grab some drinks (skip the food) and marvel at its beauty.
I've been here quite a few times, mainly in the restaurant/gallery part and I have received great service and the food has been good. Unfortunately tonight was not that same experience.
Met a friend for dinner, on a Monday of all nights, and they said the wait for upstairs would be a half hour (mind you, this is at 7pm) because they didn't have enough staff working. Decided to grab a seat downstair and get some pub grub. It didn't seem like an very busy night but still waited a good 20 minutes until someone came over to take our order. The server was extremely inattentive, not coming back to get drink orders, fill waters, etc. She didn't check back once through the entirety of the meal and finally made her way back about 15 minutes after our entire meal was finished.
I know it's just "PUB" food, but there is something to be said about that, it doesn't have to taste like it. I ordered the burger and it was almost charred and certainly didn't taste like beef. The bun was twice the size of the burger, so I lost the bun and just ate the burger. The handmade chips were nice, although they were cold once we got our food.
Lovely venue, great for live bands, mediocre food and not so great service. ICK!
Came here while on holiday in Europe. My companion and I decided to dine here for dinner. There's a fancier upstairs and a more pub-ish casual downstairs. Seating upstairs requires you to wait for a hostess whilst seating downstairs is a free for all. We decided on cheaper food and sat downstairs in a little cozy corner.
I ordered the Guinness beef stew while my companion ordered a steak sandwich with fries. Service was quick and friendly and our waitress was really attentive even though we were out of the way and in a nook. The food was really good and hearty and we were definitely satisfied at the end of our meal.
Since the venue used to be a church, it has huge ceilings and it's really grand and majestic and the architecture is definitely something to be admired. We only stayed for dinner and not for the nighttime festivities (i.e. clubbing).
Seems like a cute place to bring a date and the menu was pretty extensive.
I passed The Church Pub many times but never went and never even thought about going there, but there is always the first time for something new to try...
We went there after a movie due to the closeness of Cineworld, it was quite late and the place was pretty empty but the service was nice and did not rush us with ordering or to finish the drinks later.
It is a nice set up if you go in a group of people but for my taste too big and confusing neither did I feel the atmosphere of the building. The walk to the restrooms turned into a maze of stairs and standing in front of walls...until you finally find you way to the restroom area which lead to the next confusion because I ended up in the gents...
All in all I had a good night but would not add this place to a regular....
Have been to the Church several times now, as its a handy place for staff and friends to meet on days off.
It's also got a lovely outdoor area on those once-in-a-lifetime sunny days.
The venue inside is quite impressive as well, and it doesnt stretch the imagination too much to see what it used to be before...if you managed to miss the name that is..
Havent eaten proper sit-down meal here, but had the BBQ option here once, I think its €12, and all prepped in front of you - it was OK.
They have a great space, and good enough selection of drinks, which is why we keep returning, but please don't rely on the staff here - pretty hit-and-miss.
Huge space downstairs as well, so take a wander on your way back from the (very large) bathrooms...
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