Hidden away on a tidy little Victorian square lining the wall of the renowned Glasnevin cemetery is John Kavanaghs pub. Well known to Dubliners even in its rather secretive location, due to its quirky history and the fact it has held on to its heritage resolutely. We all love a pub in Ireland, but we have a special love for those that are able to retain their old world charm in spite of progress steamrolling much of our historical venues.
‘The Gravediggers’ is a nickname given – some say – because of the days when the actual gravediggers of the cemetery next door would sneak a pint through a secret hatch while waiting on funerals to end and they must finish their depressing work. True or not, the story adds to the charm of the place.
The pub has been here since 1833, and when you enter the bar it feels like you have stepped back to that time. Nothing seems to have changed, including the drawers and shelves behind the bar from when it was partly a grocers! You won’t find music or any modern additions in here, just a place to chat and enjoy its wonderful Guinness.
For those that want food and a more modern feel there is a lounge next door, built in the 80′s serving very good tapas – or so I hear. For me the bar is where to be.
Charm oozes out of the walls here and you don’t even have to chat….just soak it in.
John Kavanaghs | Bars, Snacks | Guinness € 4.50
1 Prospect square, Glasnevin | +353872963713
Mon – Thu 10:30 – 23:30, Fri – Sat 10:30 – 00:00, Sun 12:30 – 23:00