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Dublin — By Jessica Colley on June 25, 2010 at 11:12 am
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Combine History & Pints in Dublin

There are a few places in Dublin where you can combine historical attractions & enjoying a pint of Guinness. From the literary pub Davy Byrne’s to the Old Jameson Distillery, it is possible to learn something new about Dublin while sipping away on a local drink. This past weekend I was in the center of Dublin when a rainstorm suddenly erupted – where to wait out the storm? Friends brought me to a place I hadn’t been before, Odeon.

The Irish are surrounded by history, and therefore it doesn’t excite them in the same way it might excite an American. Odeon is a Bar & Grill (with somewhat of a cafe atmosphere during the day) that is in the Old Railway Station on Harcourt Street. The building has a real historical presence, and although I’d seen it many times, I assumed it has been transformed into a government building or a bank, not a great place to wait out a rainstorm on a Sunday afternoon.

The first thing Odeon has going for it is a large expanse of space. Even with a Sunday brunch club, there was plenty of seats to choose from. Newspapers were left on the tables and I didn’t get a grumble from the waitress when I only ordered a pot of tea. Odeon is also known as a nightspot – it offers late night clubs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and also has a movie club on Thursdays. While you might be less likely to check out the historic aspects of the building arriving late at night for a few drinks, it is still interesting to have your cocktail in such a historic environment.

The Odeon is open 7 days a week and also serves food. I haven’t sampled anything yet – but people around me were gobbling down their salad, steaks, and plates of finger food to share. This restored building has maintained its original character. Today, the LUAS (tram) has a stop right outside of the pub, which is reminiscent of the building’s past. If you’re looking for a spacious spot to spend a few hours, one of my new favorites is Odeon.

Address: The Odeon, Old Railway Station, 57 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. (map)

Prices: From €4.95 for soup of the day to €16.50 for pan-roasted monkfish.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Odeon

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