I have already mentioned in a previous article, or maybe even two, how difficult it can be for a visitor to Dublin to find an authentic Irish bar here in the heart of the capital. And coincidentally this is the second one which lies just metres away from a cathedral. Perhaps there is some historical reason behind this fact but nowadays it just means that if you happen to be visiting Saint Patrick’s cathedral then you are only feet away from John Fallons, one of the city’s finest little pubs.
One thing to look out for when searching for a proper Irish bar is space. There’s usually very little of it in the real thing and Fallons is no different. The good thing about this is that there are far more opportunities to strike up a decent conversation with a local than you might get in one of the larger, trendier establishments. And after all, this is what has made the Irish bar internationally famous after all.
Fallons is a long, narrow bar with an enclosed snug just inside the door. There is just a row of small tables along one side and stools at the bar. But because it is slightly on the fringes of the city you will almost always squeeze in somewhere even if it’s busy.
Oh and there’s one other thing which indicates you’re in a real Irish bar. The only hot food on offer will be a toasted sandwich and Fallons do a great one.