The Cobblestone Pub’s tag-line – ‘A drinking pub with a music problem’ – instantly describes its vibe – fun, friendly, and centred entirely around the music.
The pub is run by the Mulligan family, who have Irish traditional music in their blood. If you go to one trad session in Dublin, let it be an authentic Cobblestone session.
In Smithfield, it is close enough to the city centre to still be accessible (Smithfield Luas (tram) stop is a two-minute walk away), but just far enough off the beaten track to not be too ‘touristy’. Frequently featured in online lists of ‘best traditional music pubs in Ireland’, this place is the real deal.
As well as great pints of Guinness, and a wide variety of other interesting beers, there’s free live music 7 nights a week, with musicians assembling informally at the top of the bar, at bar tables rather than on a stage. You get the impression that they’re there for the love of playing, rather than to put on a show.
There are often paid gigs, classes and other events in their small, adjoining venue The Back Room, including weekly step dancing classes, beginners trad sessions (where a variety of Irish instruments are taught by members of the Mulligan family, to people of all abilities) and a monthly Ceili (a social gathering with traditional music and dancing). Full listings are available on the website.
Step into The Cobblestone any night of the week, whatever your budget, and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!