Located in a quieter area but still within a few steps off the busy Westmoreland street and O’Connell bridge, Doyle’s might look like an old man’s pub but is actually one of the most vibrant places I know in town and has a great atmosphere, especially around Christmas.
One of the lesser-known facts about the place is that they have a small music venue upstairs, and host the Ruby Sessions every Tuesday. Those weekly music nights with 3-4 performers promote young Irish artists, a lot of which grew to be well-known musicians. The list of performers is usually known in advance, but every now and then they will feature a special performance from a bigger name (such as Ed Sheeran, Glen Hansard, or Mumford & Sons, to name a few).
The entrance fee is €6, and it goes towards charity. Bear in mind you can’t buy tickets in advance so you’ll need to join the live queue, do it early to avoid disappointment as the venue is tiny and you might not get in. Sometimes, you don’t know who’s performing until the very last minute, but no matter how famous the musicians are, the Ruby Sessions are definitely a great way to spend a Tuesday night.