The 12 Pubs of Christmas, a Dublin Tradition
The 12 Pubs of Christmas tradition can be a lot of fun, but only if you can keep your wits about you. How, I hear you ask?! Well the Dublin Visitor Centre team’s recipe for making it through the night are:
* rather than finishing every drink, drink half (you can dunk the remainder into the nearest pot plant if you have friends watching out for cheaters).
* accompany every alcoholic drink with a glass of water
* get some food into you before, during and after the night of partying (click here for our recommendations on grabbing a bite on a Dublin Night out!)
But where is the best place route for this Dublin Christmas tradition? Here are our top 3.
* Simple and fun You can start in the Porterhouse Temple Bar and Meander your way down towards Temple Bar square hitting all of the great Dublin pubs on the way. An easy 12 all within a very small distance.
* Dublin’s Village Quarter is a great place to see Dublin life with more locals and less tourists. Start at the Bleeding Horse and head north towards Dame Street, make sure you stop in Against the Grain for a tasty craft beer, you’ll also find some great DJ’s and live music on your way.
Update: several pubs in the area aren’t up for the 12 pubs- so we’ve knocked them off the list and gotten a few subs off the bench.
The Subs: The Palace, Solas, The Karma Stone, P Mac’s, No Name Bar, Market Bar,
* The Baggot Mile has loads of great Dublin pubs and is always busy with the after work crowd. Starting by the Grand Canal at Wellington’s pub, head towards St. Stephen’s Green. Make sure you visit Toners ; O’Donoghues, 2 of the best Dublin pubs on the stretch. By the end you’ll be in the city centre and will easily find a taxi home..
* Suggested Route: The Den, Searsons, The Waterloo, The Wellington, Bar 51, Smyth’s, The Pembroke, McGrattan’s, Baggot Inn, Toner’s, Doheny & Nesbitts, O’Donoghue’s.