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Pubspy - Ryans, Dundrum Lounge Dun' good but the pints are pricey in Ryans bar in Dundrum

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Ryans Dundrum House is a lovely boozer

Ryans Dundrum House is a lovely boozer

Ryans Dundrum House is a lovely boozer

Ryan's Dundrum House - Dundrum, Dublin

PUB Spy has been on a quest to find Ireland's cheapest pint of Guinness over the last six or seven weeks but one thing was certain before we left HQ this past week, we sure weren't going to find it in Dundrum.

We knew that, of course, and as the Old Commando said: "There'll be plenty of time to find that yet and plenty of pints to drink along the way. I've nearly two year's worth of Guinness to catch up on."

A chance to visit any pub is always a good thing in our opinion and we love to escape down the country for a nice break too, but this past week our Commandos wished to stay in the capital and Pub Spy wasn't about to deny them their wish.

We arrived in Dundrum and much to our shock our designated driver actually managed to get street parking as we normally end up in the shopping centre when visiting this area. The Old Commando has always had a soft spot for Ryan's pub and he told us this would be our main port of call. We didn't argue.

However, as we walked in the main bar door we were stopped in our tracks when we discovered there weren't any empty seats. The atmosphere was top class and there was a predominately male clientele really enjoying themselves. We were itching to join in but as some of the friendly customers advised us there was plenty of seating out next door.

Off we traipsed to the lounge area in search of some seats and some porter and we had no such problems finding somewhere to sit this time around. We settled in along the bench seating at the front window just a stone's throw from the counter, and with a TV all to ourselves maybe the lounge wasn't so bad after all.

There are two other TVs in the lounge and most of the customers were watching the live football. A young barman served us without delay and the pints of Guinness cost us €5.50 each.

"It's only three years ago we were here and they were €4.70 on that occasion," the Old Commando reminded us. "We must be paying Covid rates," he said with a grin.

The green leather bench seating and barstools were in very good condition and the timber floor was spotlessly clean. There is a beer garden located upstairs and they serve food and drink for outdoor dining in the car park at the rear of the pub. A sign in the window is advertising that Ryan's pub is hiring full and part time staff at the moment and the Young Commando suggested it may become easier to find staff members once the restrictions are lifted on October 22 and the Covid payments are halted. The Young barman on duty was a good character and seemed to know most of the regulars on a first name basis.

A number plate hanging behind the bar celebrates the Dubs' monumental achievement of Five in a Row which, of course, they later made Six in a Row and it sparked a debate among our troops if we'll ever see their likes again.

"They could win it next year and I wouldn't be shocked, but six in a row? Not in my lifetime," the Old Commando stated.

Having drank a few too many pints a bathroom break was needed and we gave the toilets a thorough inspection. They were reasonably clean with five urinals and two cubicles but the skylight area needs a good cleaning.

We normally prefer the bar, especially when visiting this pub, but we settled in the lounge and enjoyed our pints in a nice, safe environment.

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Rating: Four pints out of Five

One for the road

The Nest - Dundrum

WITH 'The Eagle' section of this pub closed, we flew to the Nest next door where there was plenty of seating and a lively atmosphere awaiting us.

The barman, who we think was named Paul, was working alone and still managed to provide table service to all the patrons. There was a mixed clientele of all ages with two TVs broadcasting golf and horse racing and it's safe to say the golfing crowd was far from happy or impressed with the European team's Ryder Cup effort.

Hop House 13 and Rockshore are both available on draught but unfortunately they don't serve food, which is a pity, as the Young Commando was feeling peckish. He had to settle for a snack.

He reported that in the toilets there are five urinals, two cubicles and they were in decent condition.

Rating: Three pints out of Five

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