P.Mac’s is fast becoming one of my favourite pubs in Dublin. Formerly the characterless Bia Bar, P.Mac’s has turned an unforgiving space into a welcoming pub with mismatched vintage furniture, candlelight and some cosy snugs. They have a huge selection of beer both on tap like local favourites Trouble Brewing and Five Lamps. The staff are some of the friendliest in Dublin and are always happy to talk you through the beer selection on offer. They now have sister bars in Rathmines (Blackbird) and on Westmoreland Street (Cassidy’s) but P.Macs remains my favourite.
The playlist tends towards mid-nineties indie which appeals to the late 20s/early 30s crowd. A particularly nice touch is added by the provision of free retro crisps like Wheelies and Snax, last seen in my school lunchbox circa 1997. You can also order food in the evenings. Dublin has seen a spate of craft beer pubs appear in the last few years, but this is definitely one of the better ones.