Here are 50 Dublin pubs we lost – how many more will close because of the way our lives are changing?

Scruffy’s. You might be surprised who drank, and misbehaved there!

I’m not sure how many pubs will survive Covid-19.

It’s not just the pandemic – it’s the way we’re all being forced to change our habits, our way of living, our way of socialising.

I’m not a great man for house parties. I always thought it was better to give it a lash and let someone else do the tidying up!

The Pearl. A classic newspaper pub

But as habits change, as customs change, as pubs change it’s likely that quite a few more famous drinking spots will close their doors forever. (I preferred it when they closed their doors during the holy hour or at 11.30 at night and let a few of us stay there supping our pints.)

The way the future of pubs is being described – nobody allowed at the counter, table service only, everyone sitting well apart, Perspex screens and what not – would put me right off.

Yes of course, our health and our lives are more important, but I would hate to see the great pubs we have threatened. I can’t imagine no Toners, no Kehoe’s, no Grogans, no Waterloo, no Brady’s in Terenure, no Byrne’s in Galloping Green, no Mulligans of Poolbeg Street…

Anyway, here’s a list of 50 we’ve lost over the years.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, I had a drink (!) in every one of them – with the exception of the Irish Times Club!

Kiely’s Of Donnybrook. Ross O’Carroll Kelly’s haunt
  1. The Pearl Bar Fleet Street
  2. Higgins Abbey St
  3. Valance and McGrath North Wall Quay
  4. Scotch House Aston Quay
  5. Horse and Tram Eden Quay
  6. The Princes, Princes Street
  7. Larry Murphy’s Baggot Street
  8. The Toby Jug South King Street
  9. Scruffy Murphy’s Power’s Court
  10. Conway’s Parnell Street
  11. The Summerhill Inn, Summerhill
  12. Coman’s Rathgar
  13. The Grove Inn Rathmines
  14. Brady’s Williamstown
  15. The Duck Inn Finglas
  16. The Tuning Fork Rathfarnham
  17. The Pig and Whistle Church Street
  18. The Quill Arran Quay
  19. Bartley Dunne’s Stephen Street Lower
  20. Rice’s Stephen’s Green
  21. The Chariot Inn Ranelagh
  22. Davy and Phelan’s Bachelor’s Walk
  23. The Elbow Inn Mary Street
  24. The Irish House Harold’s Cross
  25. The Irish House Wood Quay
  26. Keating’s Mary Street
  27. Kirwin House Leeson Street
  28. The Limelight Thomas Street
  29. The Magnet Pearse Street
  30. McGonagles South Anne Street
  31. Mother Redcaps Back Lane Christchurch
  32. Murray’s Sean McDermott Street
  33. Scholars Blackpitts
  34. The Silver Swan George’s Quay
  35. Kiely’s Donnybrook
  36. Timmins Wood Quay
  37. The White Horse George’s Quay
  38. The Winter Garden Palace Stephen’s Green
  39. Zanzibar Ormond Quay
  40. The Irish Times Club Aston Quay
  41. McGowan’s Churchtown
  42. The Deerpark Clonskeagh
  43. The Dollymount House
  44. Barley Mow Francis Street
  45. McGruders Thomas Street
  46. The Black and Amber Inn Islandbridge
  47. Man of Achill Clanbrassil Street
  48. Madigan’s Moore Street
  49. Rosie O’Grady’s Harold’s Cross
  50. The Queen’s Dalkey


I could tell a few stories from Scruffy’s – but not today!

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