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Johnny Fox’s: The Highest Pub in Dublin
An Irish tradition that I love is the gathering of friends and family on a Sunday afternoon. When the weather is sunny, outdoor tables fill with groups of people enjoying a ‘cheeky midday pint’ and a hearty meal. While there are many pubs within Dublin city center that are ideal for for spending a Sunday afternoon, there is one place a quick drive away that is even better: Johnny Fox’s Pub. (map)
This pub is famous and for good reason. Upon arrival you’ll see pictures of American celebrities and politicians during their trip to the pub. Irish knick-knacks adorn every inch of wall (and ceiling!) space in this pub. Tables and chairs are constructed from all sorts of items, and the pub is a series of small cozy rooms. Located in Glencullen, just a 30-minute drive from Dublin, Johnny Fox’s is at the bend of a two-lane country road, overlooking the Sugar Loaf Mountain.
On a sunny day, groups gather in the tables out the front of the pub and bask in the sunshine. Food isn’t always served outdoors, so you might have to take a table inside to enjoy the seafood chowder, brown soda bread, and variety of Irish specialties before bringing your drinks outside. These Sunday afternoon pub lunches were the moments I first fell for with Guinness. At first I was a bit scared of the dark Irish brew, but its creamy finish is the perfect addition to a Sunday in the country laughing with friends in the sun.
The journey to Johnny Fox’s is half the fun as well. On winding country roads you will pass grazing sheep, farmhouses, and small village centers. However, the pub is not a well kept secret – and on Sundays – there can be quite the crowd. I’ve never waited more than 15 minutes for a table, and after 4pm, there is a traditional band to pass the time if you do get stuck waiting for a table. They don’t take reservations on a Sunday – so you will just have to arrive and take your chances!
Visitors come away from Johnny Fox’s having learned interesting Irish tidbits (such as the most popular Irish last name is Murphy) and having seen old newspapers, advertisements, and weathered photographs of JFK. I’ve seen a professional rugby player and well-known British actor during my trips to the pub. ‘The Highest Pub in Dublin’ is the perfect place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Photo Credit: Jessica Colley
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