The Autobahn boozer in Dublin is a Glas' act but pints are pricey at €5.70
Top Dublin boozer is one of the best of the year so far
AFTER a hectic few weeks on the road The Old Commando suggested that a trip to the northside would be nice, so our designated driver set off towards the Ballymun/Finglas direction before we eventually found our port of call, the Autobahn Roadhouse on Glasnevin Avenue.
"Beautiful pub, haven't been here in years but it's a smashing spot," the Old Commando said as we searched for a place to park the pub-mobile.
We started off in the lounge where we were greeted by an elderly barman, one of five members of staff on duty in the lounge at the time.
There was an array of drinks available on draught such as Peroni, Beamish, Birra Moretti, Hop House 13 and Rockshore to mention a few.
As we sat at the counter awaiting our pints of Guinness the Old Commando spoke about our previous visit here in March 2014 and said it was only a brief stay and that he'd wanted to return for a very long time.
"Such a beautiful pub," he kept repeating to us. The pints of stout came across the counter at jaw dropping €5.70 each and the Old Commando said he'd definitely be checking his notes from 2014 when he got back to base to compare the cost.
He did manage to find them after plenty of rummaging and informed us it was €4.60 on that occasion, a 24 per cent increase in eight years.
It was extremely busy in the lounge during our stay with a mixed clientele of all ages as food was also being served. Luckily, there is a huge range of seating throughout the multiple sections in the lounge.
Just inside the front door was where most of the sports enthusiasts were sitting as they watched the live football, and there was a decent atmosphere although most of the customers kept to themselves.
The toilets are located across from the counter and although they're clearly marked Ladies and Gents we observed men walking into the ladies toilets before realising their mistake and backtracking on two different occasions.
The toilets were in reasonable condition with two cubicles and nine urinals, the dryer worked and hot water was provided.
The timber flooring was immaculately clean and the green leather bench seating was also in good condition, as were the brown leather barstools.
We moved seats to the bar to give it a quick once over and we settled in well here where the locals were more willing to get involved with some football banter.
"If that Liverpool crowd were to win the quadruple I'd give up drinking, I couldn't bear to be in here listening to them," one suffering Manchester United fan said to the Young Commando, who is a devout honorary Scouser.
There are two TVs in the pub and we liked the framed photo of the Ballymun GAA jersey which is sponsored by this boozer.
A photo of the Dublin footballers from their 1993 National League and Leinster success also hangs proudly across from the counter and the Old Commando conceded it will be strange to see them operating out of Division 2 next season.
As we departed we noticed a fine smoking area adjacent to the pub with numerous picnic benches that's also sheltered from bad weather. It's sure to be busy for the summer months ahead.
We really enjoyed our few pints in Autobahn Roadhouse pub. It's easily among the best we have visited so far in 2022.
Rating: Four pints out of Five
One for the road
The Slipper - Glasnevin
WE believe this to be our first ever visit to The Slipper and it’s one we won’t forget in a hurry.
The Old Commando thought he’d found himself a slice of heaven with two of his favourite things being discussed on each side of the front bar.
On the right hand side, the horse racing enthusiasts grouped together to follow the nags, while on the left hand side at the counter there was a huge hurling debate taking place among some elderly men and one youthful looking buck.
However, one comment from the young man was enough for the Old Commando to leave that side of the house as the young chap argued Henry Shefflin wasn’t that good.
“Dear God, I can’t cope,” he said as he joined us at our table beside the front door.
It was an all male clientele in this boozer with the only female on the premises being the barmaid.
There are at least three TVs and the wine coloured bench seating looked OK. The toilets were very small but they were clean with a small stainless steel urinal and a cubicle.
Rating: Three pints out of Five
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