For me, The Hill was love at second sight. The very first time I walked in, I thought it was such a typical “old man’s pub”, and I didn’t like the way it smelled (oh boy) so I just walked out. Thankfully, I did decide to give it another chance, and I’m quite a frequent customer since.
Having said “customer”, it feels more like you’re a guest in this pub. It’s so cosy, it looks like your neighbour’s living room, and that’s what it feels like too; mostly frequented by people living nearby, it has the charm and the vibe of a true local pub. The bartenders are really friendly too, and I bet they know all the visitors by name.
The beer selection is standard for an old-fashioned pub, and The Hill are also hosting an annual Gin Festival as part of the ever-strong Dublin gin craze. I went in 2016, and there were quite a few options to choose from, whether you like sweet or dry cocktails. The one thing I found they didn’t have was single malt whisky (oh well, just had to head down the road to the Taphouse!).