The Dublin Hostels Pub Crawl brings together tourists staying at numerous hostels across Dublin for a 5 stop pub crawl, 7 days a week. It is €12, but once you have your wristband, you’re welcome back each night of your stay for free. We went along on Saturday and Sunday evening, and had a great laugh.
We met at The Mercantile on Dame Street, where we were welcomed with half a pint of Guinness, live music and introduced ourselves to fellow travellers. At 9.30, our Irish guides Keith and Laurence led the way to the next pub, The Old Storehouse in Temple Bar where we were welcomed with a free shot. I loved this stop on both nights as there was great live music, and amazing atmosphere. The first night we were treated to a trio of men, on guitar, banjo and recorder playing classic Irish tunes blended with covers of Mumford & Sons, and Old Crow Medicine Show. On the second night, there was a male-female duo, both on guitars, who played an unreal cover of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’.
Next we moved on to Peadar Kearney’s, with another free shot, and we were ushered into the basement where there was a bar and beer pong table. It had seemed a lot more exciting upstairs…Monal and I headed up and found a man belting out Irish tunes and a rowdy crowd dancing and singing (read: shouting) along with vigour. We danced and sang along until we had to leave and looked forward to returning the next night. On Sunday, this pub was noticeably quieter with no live music, but we had befriended some Americans this time and spent the hour chatting to them about gun rights and country music.
The next stop, a fair walk away, was Whelan’s where we were informed was not so touristy, and where we’d find the real Irish folk. I had heard of Whelan’s, as an Irish musician I really like often plays shows there, so I was already looking forward to checking it out – man, that is a cool nightclub. There is room, after room, across various levels – it appeared to be indie night and despite the extortionate drink prices and rude bar staff, we really enjoyed the music and venue. On the Sunday night again it was quieter, however we were looked after by a group of Irish boys and swooned over their accents for a couple of hours.
I’d really recommend taking part in this pub crawl – if you’re a solo traveller, or with a friend, then it’s a great way to meet people, and discover a little of Dublin’s nightlife, with free entry and knowledgable guides.