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@Houricans the worlds best pub!!
@stevepercussion Stephen Kelly

Eye of the Hourican
By Jonathan deBurca Butler

The facade of this boozer on the traffic-filled Leeson Street seems more suited to a village in the countryside than a happening strip in a great metropolis. The Toby jugs, tankards and other pub knick-knacks displayed in the windows are a welcome distraction from the choking, noisy cars that clog this artery into the city.

Inside, the theme continues. The ceiling in the bar is quite low as is the light, so the mishmash of Dublin street signs, old maps and honky-tonk American license plates are hard to miss. The wooden décor will not meet everyone’s idea of cosy but this pub’s fairly petit portions and easygoing feel more than make up for it. It has to be said that the staff are spot-on and throughout our stay they were as cool as the Fonz (and thankfully less greasy). This is a classic on the post-work pinting circuit and we speculate that on a Saturday night it’s a little quieter. The evening we go in it’s fairly lively and unsurprisingly, it’s full of relieved workers with ‘thank feck it’s Friday’ etched across their faces. Suits and skirts in their late twenties and early thirties is what you can expect to see in here; the types who may well end up heading on up to Harcourt Street or a club on what remains of The Strip.

For those who might need some sustenance, a sign behind the bar humorously challenges them to “try [the] delicious sandwiches, nobody likes a coward”. But should you wish to solely imbibe the local tipple, it’s as smooth and creamy as anywhere else nearby.

Don’t be too surprised if you see an array of musical instruments neatly stacked in corners around the place. This is where the stage crew and performers from the nearby National Concert Hall come after a performance. And why wouldn’t they? Hourican’s hits all the right notes.

Houricans is a fine little boozer situated on Leeson Street in Dublin’s city centre. This pub is well laid out and it’s ‘traditional’ wooden look makes you feel as if you are stepping back in time. The pints, excellently served by the friendly barstaff and tasting magnificent, are keenly priced compared to other pubs in the city centre. It is quite small and I imagine it could get packed at night, but on the Saturday afternoon I was there it was full of ‘pub atmosphere’ even though there were not many customers in the place. In a way, you could sense it was a real pub and is all the better for this. Recommended anytime of the week for a chat, as a meeting point, as a night out, actually, it’s the sort of pub that can be whatever you want it to be.
Dublin Pub Scene

- A friend and I were fortunate enough to stumble upon this little gem the day we arrived in Dublin. We never looked back and consequently never missed a night at our favorite pub. The Guinness is proper and won’t cost a fortune. The staff is absolutely fantastic and Patrick (the owner) is definately a class act. The only regret I have is that this pub is not closer to my home in Canada!!! Cheers.
Greg, New Brunswick, Canada

I popped in here the other day and absolutely loved it! The walls are full of old street signs and all sorts of drinks advertisements and such. It’s only a wee place, but it has a great atmosphere and the staff were very friendly. They have a couple of TVs dotted about the place as well, which was perfect because we could watch the Rugby. The pints were good and pretty cheap as well considering that Houricans is right next to Stephen’s Green… surprisingly it doesn’t feel like a city centre pub at all but more like a nice local. Only thing is, they only have one cubicle in the bathroom so expect a long wait.
Yelp – Dani B. Dublin

Houricans is a really great pub. While it’s bang in the middle of Dublin 2, it’s got almost a country feel to it – and being from the country originally, I mean that in a good way! It’s shabby without being dirty and it’s great fun always. Friends of mine used to work around the corner from here and this was their company local. Any work event at all that took place they would come here. The staff are absolutely excellent – they give great service and always with that personal touch. When one of my mates was leaving the company she had her leaving bash here and the bartenders let her pull her own and her colleagues’ pints in honour of her departure.
Yelp – Karina C. Dublin

A very traditional Irish pub, with obligatory memorabilia all over the walls and ceiling. expect a few tourists, but overall a nice place for a lively drink with friends.
In Dublin

Quite the antidote to today’s Leeson Street clubs, Houricans is a very old-school boozer with a traditional décor and staff who, if they don’t quite know you by name, will probably have your favourite drink memorized before long. The pub also has pretty keen prices compared to many in the area. It’s pretty compact, meaning it gets pretty full (and has plenty of atmosphere) in the evenings. A class act all round.
2Night.ie

If you’re looking for a pub with atmosphere and character, Hourican’s is the place for you.
GoIreland

With neighbouring Harcourt Street overtaking Leeson Street as ground zero for glitzy/ irredeemably naff nightlife in the capital, a strange hush has taken hold of Dublin’s one-time party zone.
Certainly the fake eyelashes and Botox set were in short supply when we tarried briefly at Patrick Houricans, a spit and sawdust establishment at the St Stephen’s Green end of the thoroughfare.
‘Auld Dublin’ to its marrow, Houricans is one of those places where the lighting is slightly brighter than you expect, and the faded prints on the walls throw up unexpected juxtapositions — in this case Hollywood movie stars and gritty Dublin streetscapes.
Popular with the after-work set, there’s a snug out back and high-stools and table out front, perfect for congregating around while you discuss how many people from your department are going to be laid off next week.
The old-fashioned wooden look won’t be for everyone — squint and you could be in a pine kitchen gone horribly awry. Still, for a quiet pint and a bit of a break from the hurly burly, Houricans is more than up to the task.
And we promise you won’t bump into an Xposé presenter on the way back from the loo.

IN THE GLASS: Pint of stout €4.50, pint of lager €5.15
AT THE BAR: Chaps in mid-range suits
ON THE STEREO: Andy Gray bellowing over a soccer match (not any more, obviously)
AND? Adjoining the Sugar Club, it is ideal for pre-concert supping
- Ed Power Irish Independant