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Dublin — By Jessica Colley on May 12, 2010 at 3:00 pm
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A Literary Pint in Dublin

Have you ever heard the old travel advice that you should never stop for a drink or a bite to eat in the very center of a city? This is true in many of Europe’s cities, as prices are usually higher and quality might be lacking. Another element to this argument is that you might rub elbows with more tourists than locals. Luckily, this couldn’t be further from the truth in Dublin.

Grafton Street is the center of Dublin, a pedestrianized shopping street that is lively any time of the day. From street performers to groups of singing Irish lads coming out of the pub, this area is always full of music and life. While some visitors might think that locals wouldn’t hang out in this area, we do. Some of the best traditional pubs are located around the Grafton Street area, and whether it’s for a Sunday afternoon pint or meeting friends after work on a Friday, we love them as much as the tourists do.

There’s a pub off Grafton Street that is known as not only a local favorite, but also a literary landmark. Davy Byrne’s Pub has long been associated with a literary scene, ever since the pub was immortalized in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. In the book, the main character Leopold Bloom stops into Davy Byrne’s for a cheese sandwich and a glass of burgundy while wandering through Dublin. 

Today, many literary fans head to 21 Duke Street to have a cheese sandwich and glass of wine at Davy Byrne’s. Take a seat at the long bar, on one of the many stools, or if you’re lucky, grab a table outside and watch all of Dublin walk by. This pub is especially popular on Bloomsday, June 16, the holiday that celebrates Joyce’s work. 

Beyond its literary associations, Davy Byrne’s is a great place to grab a pint. The central location makes it a handy place to meet up with friends, and sipping on your Guinness, you will feel like you’re somehow experiencing a part of Dublin history.

Address: 21 Duke Street, Off Grafton Street, Dublin 2. (map)

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