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Pubspy - Temple Bar Commando nearly had a hissy ‘Fitz’ at the price of a pint in this Temple Bar boozer

Costing €6 each, it is easily the most expensive pint we’ve purchased in 2021 but we weren’t expecting anything different.

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A pint of Guinness costs a whopping €6 in Fitzsimon's

A pint of Guinness costs a whopping €6 in Fitzsimon's

A pint of Guinness costs a whopping €6 in Fitzsimon's

Fitzsimons – Temple Bar, Dublin

WE were never likely to find Ireland’s cheapest pints in Dublin, of that there was no doubt, but how about Ireland’s most expensive pint? There’s really only one place to go in that case, Temple Bar!

Long renowned for the ridiculous cost of drinks, Temple Bar is probably Ireland’s most famous night spot. At one time the streets and pubs were full to maximum capacity (and sometimes more) every night with tourists and culchies, but since March 2020 that all changed.

Over the past 20 months Pub Spy has strolled through the empty streets in Dublin on numerous occasions wondering if life would ever return to normal; if we’d ever see those pubs full to capacity again or if indeed we’d ever see them even open again.

So we decided to check it out, do a thorough inspection of the area and see if things had changed or returned any way close to normal. We raided our life savings and headed for Temple Bar with a degree of curiosity.

The streets were certainly busy, busier than what we’d experienced in the last year and a half, and we even noticed a queue outside one pub. Pub Spy and his troops have little patience and don’t tend to queue to get into pubs so we kept on walking until we came to Fitzsimons pub. We entered through the rear entrance where the bouncer immediately checked our Covid passports and requested ID before allowing us to take our seats.

We didn’t have to wait long before the waitress arrived to take our order . There were two barmen on duty during our stay. They have an array of drinks available on draught such as Five Lamps Red Ale, Five Lamps Pale Ale, San Miguel, Stella Artois and Becks, but it was pints of Arthur’s finest for our Commandos.

Costing €6 each, it is easily the most expensive pint we’ve purchased in 2021 but we weren’t expecting anything different.

The vast majority of the clientele were tourists and in particular there seemed to be a large number of Americans here during our visit. They were certainly the dominant voices in the pub and contributing most to the atmosphere. We never thought we’d be so glad to hear those accents again!

It wasn’t overly busy when we first arrived but as the clock ticked on more punters did arrive. We watched with keen interest as the bouncer checking for proof of vaccination had no qualms in turning people away who had ‘forgotten’ their Covid certs.

“Well rules are rules, I suppose,” the Old Commando said. “If it means keeping hospitality open during the winter months then so be it,” he added.

There are candles placed on each table in the pub and the fridges were all fully stocked. Music was playing through the sound system in the bar and there was football being shown on two large screen TVs. The timber flooring is showing its age but it was clean and the staff members were constantly on the move, cleaning and waiting on customers.

The Old Commando was first to use the toilet but he wasn’t a fan of their location. Having descended down three flights of stairs he eventually arrived in the gents and gave them a once over.

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“Not bad, clean enough, but the paper towel dispenser was empty and one of the hand dryers wasn’t working,” he told us as he gasped for breath having come back up the three flights of stairs.

Our purse strings didn’t allow us to stay in Temple Bar all night but we enjoyed the few pints we did get. Having drank our most expensive pints this year, we look forward to getting back on the road next week and resuming our search for Ireland’s cheapest pint of Guinness.

Rating: Three pints out of Five

One for the road

The Norseman – Temple Bar

Established in 1696, the Norseman pub has always been one of the busiest boozers in Temple Bar and during our recent visit it was living up to expectation.

With the exception of having to provide a Covid passport to the barman, it was business as usual and the joy of hearing live music in a pub wasn’t lost on the troops. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The bearded barman was an experienced professional and they were serving food until the late hours.

There was a mixed clientele and the atmosphere was electric. There was live football on the large projection screen and two separate musicians during our stay. The only gripe we had was from our designated driver who said his mineral was dreadful. “That’s a spray gun job, that didn’t come from a glass bottle,” he moaned.

Rating: Three pints out of Five

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