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By Jessica Colley—
The Irish take their sunshine very seriously. This is mostly because they get so little of it in Dublin, and also because it’s the perfect weather to sit around for a few pints in.
When it comes to summertime bars in Dublin, there are a few spots that are ideal both for atmosphere and the sunshine factor. If you’re lucky enough to travel to Dublin this summer and experience extended sunshine, raise a pint bottle of Bulmers (or “Magners,” as we call it in America) to whatever forces kept the clouds at bay.
Here are a few of my favorite summertime bars in greater Dublin:
Glencullen, County Dublin
Now Johnny Fox’s isn’t technically in Dublin City, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of the best local summertime drinking holes. Located up in the Wicklow Mountains (south of Dublin city center), this pub is full of ancient Irish knickknacks that will become increasingly interesting with every pint of Guinness you enjoy in the sun.
The appeal of Johnny Fox’s is the great views of the mountains, a sunny patio with tables for big groups and the traditional music that gets going later in the afternoons.
Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse
St. James’s Gate, Dublin 8
While the Guinness Storehouse might be one of the most popular attractions in Dublin, this is for a good reason. Beyond the excellent exhibits is the Gravity Bar, perched at the top of the brewery with sweeping views of Dublin. This is a great spot to have a few summertime pints on a sunny day.
Views that are sometimes obscured by clouds will finally be appreciated on a sunny summers day. Book your ticket to the storehouse online to save a few euros – the ticket comes with a free pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar. Here you will also learn how to pour the perfect pint.
Davy Byrne’s Pub
Duke Street, Dublin 2
Some travelers might want to raise their glass right in the center of Dublin. You can’t get much more central than Davy Byrne’s Pub, located right off Grafton Street in the heart of the city. Located on pedestrian-only Duke Street, there are many tables out front of Davy Byrne’s for people watching.
This literary pub also specializes in seafood, and is a great spot to try the famous Irish combination of oysters and Guinness. While this pub might be central, it isn’t filled with tourists. Don’t be surprised if you’re surrounded by locals stopping in to fulfill a craving for this duo of Irish specialties.
While the Irish certainly don’t need an excuse to visit the pub, the sunshine and summer weather provide one. Join in on the fun at these bars that have a special buzz during the summer months.
Your favorite summer bars?
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