My neighborhood of Kilmainham is home to both the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the historic Kilmainham jail. However what visitors to either attraction won’t be aware of is that tucked away down a side street, a mere minutes walk from both is, in my opinion, the most authentic example of the Irish pub you’re likely to find in Dublin. So authentic in fact that it feels like you could be in a small village in Co. Galway and not just a short taxi ride away from the city.
I should point out my bias at this stage and let you know that the Royal Oak is my local. Many people of my generation have moved to the area in the past few years so you will always find a mixed crowd inside this cozy pub.
It might seem like you’re lost at first on this very quiet street but stick with it and a short stroll later you will stumble upon this bar seemingly from another era. Inside it’s very small with just two tables but with plenty of stools and places to rest your pint. The old world feeling extends to the toilets too. Clean, but sparse to say the least, they are more farmyard than 5*.
Myself and my friends will almost certainly pop in here most weekends and if you do pay a visit you will be welcomed with some of the finest Guinness and as friendly an atmosphere as you will find in our city.