Just off Dublin’s main shopping thoroughfare of Grafton street is an establishment which never sold itself to the infamous ‘Celtic Tiger’ like many of its contemporaries did. And it stands to it now. The Duke pub is an oasis in the city.
Pubs in Ireland come in a number of different guises, be it style bar, ‘old mans’ pubs, ‘gastropub’ or the plain old suburban local. The Duke strangely enough is more reminiscent of a suburban local. In the hustle and bustle of a capital city, it is always nice to find a place to escape to. Somewhere peaceful, even when full. Without blaring music or obnoxious staff or customers. The Duke is just such a place. A family run Public house of the old school.
In the past such literary giants as James Joyce, Brendan Behan or Patrick Kavanagh (among others) would while away an hour or two supping on the black stuff. Probably thinking how to end that elusive poem or soliloquy! If it is your wish to immerse yourself in the literary prose of these past scholarly giants, then the Duke is the starting point for a literary pub crawl taking in all the haunts of Dublins ‘literati’ – check the website for details.
And if you are too comfy and don’t want to move, they provide very reasonably priced food with an Irish hint. The helpful staff will even dig out a newspaper for you to read if the company is slow arriving. It’s like home away from home.