My favorite pub in city centre Dublin (my other favorite Dublin pub is Kavanaghs).
The Long Hall bills itself as a Victorian-Era pub, which, as far as I can tell, simply means that the pub dates back to the late 1800s and is committed to preserving the antiquated paraphernalia of this era, along with boasting dark wood, lots of brass around the bar and old taps. The end result: the Long Hall is staggeringly impressive.
You know it's serious business when no less than ten Guinness pint glasses are lined up behind the bar, half-full, awaiting their top-off push. It was a Friday night around 8:30 pm and we experienced laser efficiency: we were targeted, one barman took our order, the other poured, a third took our money. Amidst this frantic business, a very peculiar phenomenon had taken hold of the packed-solid room: you could have a conversation.
Could the grandeur at the bar be responsible for the reverential behavior of the patrons? I'm not sure. The place was so civilized, yet so crowded. Conversation on a Friday night, and so close to Temple Bar. Impossible, you say! No, it's here.
Think velvet, copper & brass, old clocks, old lanterns, dark wooden panels, intricate chandeliers. And the perfect pint. May the Long Hall live on!
Stopped in for a quick pint after dinner at a nearby restaurant. This pub has great ambiance...Victorian era with dark wood, impressive bar with antique clocks and paraphernalia decorating the place.
When you approach the bar there are several Guiness pint glasses waiting for the final pour. They also have a good selection of other beer, but i say if in Ireland, why drink anything other than Guiness.
A must visit if you are visiting Dublin.
Traditional, classic irish Pub. Not particularly big. Quit atmosphere. Friendly staff. Good to drop by for a quick beer.
There's a newspaper on the bar. You are clearly the first person the barman has seen in hours and he's slumped on the bar, completely bored. He has memorized all the Crosaire clues and solved none. He looks up and asks.
"Refreshing sea tears a soft piano"
"You've lost me. Quiet night, eh?"
The temperature rises a degree. Anxiety in the country rises. The stock index drops a few points in every company with the exception of those which manufacture alcoholic drinks.
Ceremoniously, the barman stands to attention. Fresh-faced and enthusiastic; probably a military man. He finishes pouring your Guinness from the tabernackle. The blood of the working man.
A million bells ring simultaneously as a thousand meetings are postponed. If you listen carefully, you can hear a low rumble.
Every office in the world is now empty.
This pub now has a larger population than China.
You hear the distinctive hissing of the Guinness tap. It reminds you of Niagara Falls. Of course, Niagara Falls has nothing on this -- neither in terms of the number of visitors, nor of the quantity or quality of liquid flow.
Your eyes are opened. A keg runs empty. The barman goes to replace it.
The world is getting thirsty. A patron opens the entrance to the cellar. The barman is not there. Nobody can explain it.
Your pint is empty. Time to move to another bar.
In Fagans, others usually now drink Juinness. Every session's usual stout.
Great Dublin pub this, the best front of any pub in Dublin, check the pictures out. Inside its all wood and shiny light fittings.
There are usually lots of people in this bar it is popular, so if you want to enjoy a quiet chat try it during the daytime.
Very good pub.
I like this place. I like it a lot.
Firstly, it's obviously amazingly beautiful, both externally and internally. This really is a truly elegant old (and long as the name suggests!) bar on South Great George's Street. The owners obviously put a lot of money and effort into keeping the place spick and span and purty, and it's really paid off. Check out any of the photos accompanying it and you'll see.
The other thing is, there are no fake 'ye old Ireland', 'check me out I'm an old man's pub,no honestly I've been here forever' signs all over the walls. This IS an old pub, the Victorian paraphernalia and decor is fully authentic - in fact the Long Hall is actually a listed building, which proves my point! There are muskets, old paintings, and ancient looking chandeliers, all crammed in together with lots of shiny brass, huge alcohol selection, and some 'old Dublin' characters.
You'll get a great pint of Guinness here, guaranteed (another one to add to the list!), and the prices are pretty reasonable.
Now the only thing is, this place gets rammed at the weekends. Another one that's a bit of a victim of it's own success. Having said that, if you get in there during the day, you'll be in luck. I was there last Saturday day time, and we were in the company of only three others, so pick your time wisely, and you'll be grand.
According to the flier, a liquor license has been on held this side for centuries, but the current bar has been there without alteration since 1881. That alone is older than most bars back home. It's a pretty tight squeeze around the bar, and can get pretty noisy, but it's a neat bar. Even with Dublin's cold nights, it got pretty warm inside. But nothing that the high ceilings couldn't handle.
I think may favorite thing about this place was watching the bartenders work. You can tell beer is a craft for them. Unlike so many bars in the US, these bartenders poured a beer, let it sit, then topped it off. Even if it took 5 minutes for you beer to arrive, they did not send out any beers that had unnecessary amounts of foam. In the US, you're lucky if they let it sit before serving it.
I also loved how all ages gathered here. We were sitting at the bar, and standing right behind us was an Irish gentleman (60s maybe) having a full on conversation with a younger guy (mid 20s, probably a tourist) about Irish history and pride. Of course, with the ambient noise level on loud, they were basically shouting, so we got to hear the whole thing. But it was great!
We didn't stay long, since we had an early flight the next morning, but I really enjoyed my hour at The Long House!
The Long Hall gets my vote for the best traditional pub in centre city and even though I'm just here on holiday many local Dubliners that I chatted with agreed...
The place is steeped in history and I just love an old school pub... no blaring TV's or music to distract from meaningful conversation! Just classic, beautiful old world atmosphere, comfortable/chairs and incredible local company to drink with.
It's the real deal!
Traditional Irish Pub, adorned with Victorian interior, the beautiful wood throughout the bar, and the smell of 200 year old smoke was fascinating. There are no TV's, no music playing, but lots of suits and ties around the bar after 1700. We enjoyed our drinks here, I'd def stop by again.
This is one of the quintessential Dublin pubs. It has a beautifully ornate Victorian decor with lots of space. It has a great Belle Époque meets old man pub feel with dark wooden partitions and chandeliers. Where it exceeds a lot of traditional Dublin pubs is that in addition to pulling a good pint of Guinness, they have kept bang up to date with Irish craft beers. They also sell wine by the glass, as opposed to those awful little quarter bottles most Irish pubs have. It has a great relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Basically, everything a traditional pub should be.
"Wow Randy, isn't this neat?"
"Sure is Barb," grinned Randy as he made his bottom more comfortable on his Great Outdoors yellow raincoat which draped over the bar-stool. They gazed happily around the bar as they sipped their pints like kids who just opened their Christmas presents.
"Life is like lemon, zee lemon!"
"Zee lemon did not have to deal with the oppressive urges of a minimalist structure zat has been bred upon us," argued the stunning German with perfect bone structure, I stared at her I know I did. But her face was so interesting as was their conversation.
I love this place. We sat in front of our black and cream as the old-school barman delivered pints to the very different tables. The place just pulls out the best conversations and thoughts within. A place to be inspired or dissolve or both just like my incredible night last night. Thank you.
The Long Hall was the perfect place to sit down, watch "football", and grab a pint! Everyone is friendly, even the New Yorkers that met at the bar! And yes...the Guinness is definitely better in Ireland!
After a smashing soiree at the Science Gallery and a satisfying supper at Shebeen Chic, friends suggested we hit their local next.
The Long Hall was absolutely heaving when we arrived but we managed to wedge ourselves in among the punters. This is an excellent place to experience real Dublin pub culture, preferably with a glass of Guinness and a shot of Jameson!
If Heaven is a place on earth, this pub is surely it. It is, without question, my favourite pub in the world.
The pints of Guinness are pure perfection, and probably the cheapest in Dublin. Being that this pub is right in the middle of the city, this makes it even more pleasant.
The barmen have been around a while too and are masters of their trade....as a real barman should be. If you want to have a great night out, and some exceptional pints, look no further. nowhere else in dublin comes close.............not even Mulligans!
It might not be very long, and it isn't much of a hall, but the Long Hall is more Dublin than James Joyce singing Raglan Road in Coppers.
It's got all those ingredients that for some reason are essential for a great boozer. Stools that shouldn't be so comfy, decor that's gloomy without being depressing and service that makes a complete stranger feel like a life-long regular.
Dublin's already got soe excellent old-man pubs, but this place stands head and zimmer-frame above the rest.
Husband ensured that we made a stop here while in Dublin (and before driving to the West Coast) - very historical indeed. Enjoyed our stop and the people watching in this pub.
I do not know the reason, but this place is well-known to serve good Guinness. I could not tell the difference (that means they all tasted good to me!), but that was because I was already drunk? :o
I don't know, but good times, good times...
There really is no where like a proper Dublin pub on an eve in the last run up to Christmas - but it cant be just any old pub, for a start it has to be, well, old.
The Long Hall is suitably aged and slightly grotty and pretty much encapsulates everything a Dublin pub should be, this isn't a new place decorated to look the part, any discerning drinker can tell the difference, this is the real thing.
We were in on Sat eve, the place so packed with revellers you couldn't get form any given point A to any other given point B without a serious squeeze and jostle - but it doesn't matter - everyone is in good form, understands that there will be the aforementioned squeezing, jostling and spilling and just gets on with it.
Great for pretty much any eve the Long Hall comes into its own this time of year, go, have a pint and enjoy!
The Long Hall, ah... the Long Hall.
It's a classic Dublin pub, its on the top of my list of Dublin pubs (as opposed to my list of Dublin bars).
The decor is dated, but the reassuring old stylee pub dated decor. It also has those classic round table and stubby stools. You usually end up fitting about ten of them around the one round table as your group gets bigger and bigger.
The staff are very attentive and traditional, they bring your pint to your table. The Guinness is good too.
OK, so the gents smells a little too much that you can get the whiff at the tables nearest to it... and the ladies is tiny, with a rubbish hand dryer (those Dysons have really spoiled me)... but it still gets a five stars from me.
If there is someone in here drinking anything bar a pint of Guinness they are the the bleedn' Antichrist, if its beamish, F in stab them! as they have just insulted the complete alcohol consuming world! Zeus' ambrosia does not compare to the pint in here (second only to mulligans) ok slight exaggeration, but hurl abuse at someone drinking any other stout in here at least, especially one from cork ;)
The long hall is exactly what it says it is on the tin, long(ish) and thin. chances are you will be cramped, between suits, students, artsy types and any other walk of life there is, its part of the experience.
Grab your pint and enjoy life for a while.
A beautiful bar.
Allegedly it used to be the only pub in Dublin that painters used to drink in because they were able to set down their ladders along the side of the bar!
The Long Hall was also used in the video of Phil Lynott's 'Old Town' - youtube.com/watch?v=o9n7…
It is also one of the few pubs in Dublin that has Tiger on tap.
This place has been around since 1877, its reallyl been in for the long haul! ha ha im so funny! okay sorry, i wont make a stupid joke like that again!
so seriously, this place is really old and you can tell because its got years of tradition and ambience and craic soaked into the walls and the building just exudes greatness when it comes to having a proper good drink!
an interesting fact about this pub, women were not allowed drink in here until 1951, before then ladies had to sit in a hallway and get their drink through a little hatch.jeese, youd think they had cooties! maybe they did back then!
One of the failings of the human form is the fact that 'tempus' continues to 'fugit' and there is bugger all that we can do about it! Or is there?
After a long period of withdrawal from the city centres imbibing emporiums, the Luas has reacquainted me with some of the gems of my well spent youth. The most precious of those gems has to be the Long Hall. Fantastic pints, great staff, terrific atmosphere and authentic old world decor.
If you are looking for a place that has managed to de-fugit tempus and make time stand still - there is no better place than the Long Hall...because change doesn't happen! Thanks be to God!
Charming little pub, pretty inside, no food I think. Great for a little stop over for a Pint or something. Probably a bit on the expensive side but it's Dublin. I think it was 5.50 euro for a Pint of Guiness. In the country its 3.50 Euro.
Loved this spot!
Great interior makes for great looking around and lots of people and conversations going on. I would totally come back!
As good as it gets does not even begin to do "the hall" justice. This pub is an establishment of such class as to be almost beyond description or review. There is a feeling of "knowing" when you walk into the hall on any given day, a sense that people just get this place, they undertsand the qualities that makes a good pub and it ticks all the right boxes. Vibrant yet calming, historic yet developing. An evening spent in The Long Hall gives an insight into what and who we Irish are, the "craic" is palpable and if ever a place could define what "the craic" actually is, then here it is!
Generation after generation have passed through its doors, some of the staff I knew so well have retired or even passed and I think of them every time I visit. A different breed. True barmen! proud of their trade and always respectful of the history of the bar. Visitng the the long hall at least once is a must and if for some unfathomable reason you dont like it be safe in the knowledge the The Long Hall probably didn't think that much of you either.
The Long Hall is tip-top notch. Probably the best pub in Dublin, which is essentially the same thing as being the best pub in the known universe.
No music, no tv, none of that oul malarkey, nothing to distract from pubs are really meant for: good converstion, and philosophising as to the state of the world.
Fairly reasonably priced points, Beamish (always a plus in my book), and amazing interior and fittings: the Long Hall has been used as a location in a number of films, and it is easy to see why.
Probably the most beautiful of all the pubs I visited in Dublin. It was a very fun and relaxing experience. It wasn't too crowded, which I appreciated. The atmosphere was very friendly and the service was great. I did not eat here, but I enjoyed some of their craft beers as well as a nice guiness.
If you want a good pint of Guinness you go to an old man pub and the Long Hall fits the bill. It is the kind of Dublin pub that's become an endangered species (although this one is safe because it's listed) as licence owners turn small premises into huge barns so they can pack ever more customers in. Just compare it to Hogan's across the street - the Long Hall has far more atmosphere.
It gets busy in the evenings, especially over the weekend, but is a lovely place to stop off at with friends if you're there in time and snag a table.
It seemed to us this place would have looked exactly the same in the 60's or 70's- minus the smoke of course. It is a purely social pub- did not hear any music over the crowd, did not see any tvs. Comfortable decor, nice people. A gem in the middle of the city.
Really enjoyed the Long Hall! The name, if it's some sort of pun for the "long haul", is appropriate as well, since it's the kind of place you'd want to end up after a long day at work for a relaxing pint.
The pub wasn't crowded but it had the right mix of people (some people reading at the bar, a few friends looking to catch-up) and the friendliest staff who will engage with you. They let us try the beer so we could be satisfied with our decision, and the prices were not bad at all for a well-known pub in Dublin!
The area is also filled with great, local restaurants (favorite--The Market Bar) if you want to grab dinner before your pint, and it's not a far walk from the shopping district of Grafton Street or a stroll through St. Joseph's Green.
There's a certain kind of pub where change is a dirty word. These tend to be my favourite pubs, and The Long Hall is one of the best. Mention it in the same breath as The Stag's Head, Peter's and The Brazen Head.
It's clean and tidy, but in a '70s way. The radio hums away in the corner. Pub grub extends as far as crisps and Snack bars.
This is a conversation pub where good chatter than anything else, drinking included. The mirror tiles on the wall are pretty cool too.
A traditional Irish pub loaded with memorabilia hanging from the walls :) highly recommend this bar for the craic and banter. A nice clientele is a big addition to any bar and in my experience this place has it. Great location too...so after a few drinks you can walk to most nightclubs in the vicinity.
A great spot for a chat where you can hear yourself think. Spot on for table service as well.
I went to this bar pretty much every night to start out the night when I was in Dublin. It was recomended to me by a local girl on the way in from the airport. I tried Guinness for the first time outside of the US in this Pub and was shocked at how much better it tasted. Great atmosphere with lots of locals which you would expect accept another bar we went to seemed to be all Brazilian people. Down side was that it closed early (midnight I think) but it was probably for the best because it forced me to check out other places.
One of the older style pubs in Dublin (I'd put it in the same category as Kehoe's, Mulligans and the Gravediggers), it's a proper old school boozer with no TV where you go to have a chat and drink pints of porter. Staff are friendly and although it can get crowded at weekends, you can generally get in and get some space (unlike Kehoe's).
What makes for a happy German in Dublin? Drinking German beer in a great Dublin pub does the trick for this one. And the Long Stone is said pub. It's spacious enough so you can bring a whole bunch of friends and there are still plenty of small corners if you want a bit more privacy. The barstaff are great and when it's not too busy they're always up for a bit of banter. And best of all, you can get Warsteiner here, which is one of my favourite German beers. The Long Stone is definitely an old-style pub with no frills; you come here to enjoy a good pint or bottle and (drunken) conversations.
It goes back a long way, both physically and historically. After work and on the weekends, you'll be lucky to get a bar stool and one of the high tables and you can kiss goodbye to any hope of a snug unless you get in before 6pm. However, my last visit there made me long for the days before the smoking ban, as the odour from the toilets, or as we say in Dublin, the bang from the jacks, would knock you.
Great Pub, late opening, Staff are very friendly, helpful and honest. Staff are so honest that they feel guilty when you give them a tip to say thanks. Food is spot on. ( great ). Great place to meet guys/girls. DJ is hilarious. At least he takes requests, and is not full of his own importance. Bouncers are sound, but will not let anyone in who has too much alcohol or attitude about them.The Long Haul has to be visited but be prepared to stay for the whole nite as you will be having too much fun to leave.
This is one of the show-off pubs that I normally take visitors to when in town - it's not your standard pub with the declaration of independence and some blurry b/w-pictures hanging on the walls, but a refined and polished example of an Victorian pub in the middle of Dublin. Mellow and mixed crowd that forgathers here. A nice place.