O'Neill's of Suffolk Street - Dublin 2
Find yourself in the vicinity of Trinity College or Grafton Street, ask a Dubliner to recommend a nice pub, and it’s very likely that he or she will point you in the direction of O’Neill’s of Suffolk Street. Such is the reputation of this Dublin pub – and note, it’s never referred to by Dubliners as O’Neill’s, but for some reason, always as O’Neills of Suffolk Street. Maybe because it is not the only O’Neills Pub in Dublin, but more than likely because Suffolk Street has always been at the heart of Dublin’s political and economic activity, as far back as when the city was a Viking stronghold. There has been a licensed premises at No.2 Suffolk Street for over 300 years now, and it’s now been in the same O’Neill family since 1927.
O’Neill’s is the kind of pub where you’ll probably immediately feel at home – whatever atmosphere, food or beverage you’re looking for. If you want a quiet drink in its timeless Victorian setting, the pub is full of nooks, snugs and crannies, so it’s easy enough to find a peaceful spot. If you fancy vibrant and lively surroundings, the main bar is always busy, especially as O’Neill’s is particularly well known for its excellent lunchtime carvery, bar food, and for showing all major sporting fixtures on the many screens throughout the pub.
The whiskey collection is spread over two floors: downstairs you’ll find plenty of choice in the main bar and in the beautifully ornate Victorian bar (where the carvery stands) and upstairs, you have a dedicated Whiskey Bar. There’s plenty of old whiskey prints and mirrors around the place, but of particular note is the amazing huge Mooney’s Dublin Whiskies mirror at the top of the ornate staircase. Upstairs usually doesn’t open until early evening, when O’Neill’s hosts live music 7 nights a week, but even if you’re there during the day, it’s well worth a saunter upstairs just for that mirror and staircase alone!
You shouldn’t limit yourself to sampling one or two whiskeys however. Time permitting (and O’Neill’s is definitely a pub you want to make time for), you could also check out some of the very many craft beers available – both Irish and international. If Irene, the bar manageress is there, do ask for her. She’ll be more than happy to recommend some of the unique beers and she’s also one of the nicest people you can hope to come across in any pub in Ireland.
And last but not least, O’Neill’s outdoor smoking area would nearly make you want to take up the cigarettes.. . we say no more, just check it out for yourself!
O’Neill’s is of course so central that it’s very easy to pop in during the day after shopping or sightseeing, or of an evening, as it’s so close to so many Dublin hotels. For info, it’s also right opposite the Dublin Tourism Centre, and coincidentally the perfect place to start your trip to the city - or to say farewell - as the Aircoach bus service to/from Dublin airport stops on the same street. (The pub opens from 08.00am so that you can enjoy O’Neill’s Irish breakfast with Jane Russell's award winning sausages and ‘O’Neill’s foods of Ferns’ dry cured bacon rashers).
And if you’re starting to deduce that maybe if you miss O’Neill’s of Suffolk Street, you’ve missed Dublin, well guess what? You’re absolutely right!
O'Neill's Bar & Restaurant - Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (0)1 679 3656