It doesn’t get more central than Doyles, located on the corner of Fleet Street and College Street, tourist central, as it were.
With its warm rust red exterior, walking through the front door feels like coming home – It’s so refreshing to hear a barman say ‘How can I help you Sir’ rather than the overly casual ‘Are you alright?‘ all too frequently shouted at you in other (mostly inferior) establishments.
And the beer selection is better than most, with several of the newer craft beers on draught. ‘But what about the footie?’ you think to yourself. ‘City vs United! I can’t miss that!’ Not a problem, you can be sure it’ll be playing in a corner of the bar but not so loud that you can’t boot up your laptop and happily Spotify those remaining minutes on the free WiFi, til your friends (friend?) arrives.
Speaking of music, Doyles’ got your back – just go upstairs of a wet wintry Tuesday (Hey, it’s Ireland!) for a taste of the long established and by now famous ‘The Ruby Sessions’.
Many artists who’ve since gone on to greater things have started out playing the Ruby Sessions, from Ed Sheeran to Paulo Nutini, Damien Rice to Glen Hansard.
Rumour has it, James Blunt played to about five people here sometime in mid 2005, three weeks later he was top of the charts in both Ireland and the UK and had the biggest selling song and album of the year! (As if you needed another reason to pay a visit).