Supposedly the oldest bar in Ireland, although as always, such things are fiercely contested. The Brazen Head, established 1198, has hosted such greats as Van Morrison, Garth Brooks, James Joyce and, as legend goes, Robin Hood. Whilst in Dublin this place is a must with its low roof, charming fireplace and aged feeling. With authentic Irish Beer and an incredibly proud staff, the Brazen Head does not disappoint if you search for authenticity.
Located on Bridge street, Dublin, this gem of a bar is not too far from the center of the city. I am unsure as to how much of the original building is intact, as I imagine with most things this old. The bar is protected, supposedly, by the ghost of Robert Emmet, who’s failed rebellion against British rule ended in his sentence to death, to be hung drawn and quartered. His final speech is rather inspiring.’ I am here ready to die. I am not allowed to vindicate my character; no man shall dare to vindicate my character; and when I am prevented from vindicating myself, let no man dare to calumniate me. Let my character and my motives repose in obscurity and peace, till other times and other men can do them justice. Then shall my character be vindicated; then may my epitaph be written. A great ghost to haunt such a historic place.
We visited this place with my parents, me and Senna. We were overcome by the hospitality and readiness of staff to provide information and insight into Dublin’s oldest pub.