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Irish, Bar, Pub
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I never write a review good or bad but i have to share my experience in this pub i visited this pub with my husband & another couple early in the evening the 1st round consisted of guiness because it was recommended by a nice...barman who had served us when we visited on St Patricks Day but the evening took a turn when we ordered the 2nd round the nice barman had gone on his break & another barman called Ross took over he was the most rudest obnoxious person i have come across in a while we felt that this man should not be in the line of work that he is in with this attitude we spoke to the owner which we got the impression wasn't surprised that was the consolation we got that he has carried on like that before.We will not be returning to there & it's a shame because all the other staff are lovelyMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My family and I (Mom, Dad, Teenage son and daughter) went to Gravediggers for dinner. I initially walked into the pub (no food) and felt like I walked into a movie, it was a dark OLD bar area occupied by what seemed to be local...men, and was politely told food was the other door. We went where directed and seemed to be in a fairly genuine local Pub, but we clearly weren’t the only out-of-towners. The menu was surprisingly varied with Irish staples, as well as a delightful anchovy salad and various other tapas dishes. The staff was warm and welcoming—we felt right at home. Terrific!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would never recommend this pub to anyone again. I was witness to a lovely bunch of staff from DCU, who spent a fair amount of money on drinks. They went outside at one stage and one of them ate a sandwich he had with...him. Very agressive owner came out and told them in a totally unnecesary angry tonethat they had to leav immediately. Three other Italian visitors had who had just joined them and ordered drinks, but strangely enough, they were told to leave after they paid for drinks and were given take away glasses and all told to leave. These were all very polite people and left. This was so unnecessary as they could just have been asked not to eat outside premises. It made everyone very uneasy and I hope people realise how this owner is treating customers he so badly needed in the last couple of years. I would never step inside this pub again.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped by Gravediggers on our way out of town after hearing from our tour guide about it. The bartender was was nice, the atmosphere was friendly, and we enjoyed the stop off. After having sampled Guinness from one side of Ireland to the other,...this made our top five (of soooo many) pints at number 3. Highly recommend!!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on a work outing with some colleagues on Friday July 15th. Food and drink was lovely, its a very cool old bar. Apparently they don't allow singing, a bit strange but fair enough. However one bar man came over to our table shouting and...cursing for us to stop! When I went to the bar the other barman cursed at me and refused to serve me because we had been singing! A good idea would be to politely tell people that singing is not allowed rather than treat them like they have done something wrong.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fab spot to visit with friends and family! Staff interactive, engaging and so friendly! Lovely prompt drinks with great service! Recently moved in near by and is soon becoming my local !!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Roughy some business colleagues from Microsoft to the premises on Friday. Had a super night and many drinks were had. Revisited Sunday after the GAA game and staff were rude and obnoxious. Was told by a barman who accused me of “skipping the queue” (that...didn’t exist). When stated I hadn’t he told me “not to argue with him” at which point I left. Many people in the vicinity approached me and asked if I was ok and it was not acceptable for that behaviour. Probably better off attending at low peak times to avoid this brash behaviour.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Alfreda31, Social Media Content/Other at John Kavanagh - The Gravediggers, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Damien Thank you for highlighting your experience with us. As a family we do pride ourselves on a warm welcome & good service We understand that working in hospitality can be challenging for some and are very disappointed to learn of your experience in...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came here on my birthday on a trip to Dublin. It's out of the city but man oh man it's worth it. Best pints I've ever had in my life and I've now ruined Guinness forever as nothing will ever come close to that. Lovely...staff also!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It was extremely busy when we were in on Saturday, but it just added to the experience. The staff were brilliant, the locals were great as usual and it was a very enjoyable few hours. It's the best pint of Guinness you'll get, nothing else...comes close! A must visit when in the city.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 1 July 2022 via mobile

The place was very busy but this just seemed to make the staff more arrogant. I asked for a Guinness 00 for a friend who was driving, but the bar man just mocked me. Get over yourself! It’s common these days for customers to want...non-alcoholic options. He offered Heineken 00 and something else so I ordered the Heineken. He put an Erdinger 00 on the bar and pissed off when I told him I had ordered the Heineken (I didn’t even know they had Erdinger so I couldn’t have ordered it). In any case there was no need for the attitude. This kind of “service” may be novel for tourists but next time I will opt for a Dublin bar which is less up-itself.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Alfreda31, Social Media/Other at John Kavanagh - The Gravediggers, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Paul Thanks for stopping by and thank you for your comments. We will take it up with the team, no matter how busy we are there is no excuse for rudeness or inappropriate attitude. We have always prided ourselves on a warm family welcome...More

Reviewed 15 June 2022 via mobile

A little gem away from Dublin City Centre. My wife and I walked in thinking is it going to be a little clickey it’s a reals locals pub but boy was we wrong. Walked in and was quickly seated as soon as a table became...free it’s very busy and there’s a reason for that. The food was lovely so much choice and very filling. I had the Irish stew so tender and yummy. And my wife and tapas but the Irish way also really good. I didn’t really fancy a pudding I tend to have another beer instead but my wife had the lemon tart. Well it’s huge enough for 3 people. After our meal we went to the bar side next door which was so lovely. One of the locals game and sat with us and played some card and told us to history of the pub which was really nice to listen too. The staff I think mostly family are just fantastic so lovely and welcoming.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 1 June 2022

Three of us stopped in – just for a drink – after visiting The Glasnevin Cemetery next door. One drink on the ‘pub’ side turned into a second and we descried to move over to the restaurant’s side to have dinner. Dinner was a variety...of apps, all of which were quickly served and very good. We hung out with the one owner for a bit and received a bit of the pubs history (and lore) – great lady! What a great time – so glad we stopped in! One of those pubs where, if I lived nearby, I’d most certainly be a regular!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 31 May 2022

After a very long day of touring and our final stop at Glasnevin, we stopped into John Kavanaugh's - The Gravediggers for dinner. I'll be honest, we went for the proximity to our last stop (as well as their reputation for the best pint). What...we got was an amazing dinner, incredible service and such a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere (and that perfect pint). This place is a must! Anne and Niamh and the rest of the staff were so very accommodating, helpful and so much fun. My wife and my boys all loved their meals - and that is rare. I had a baked parm ham which was incredibly good. The kitchen staff certainly take pride in what they do - it is obvious! After dinner, we had moved next door to the original pub and that was it. All of those weeks and months of planning their first two nights in Dublin were out the window. We went into that pub, we met several groups of great people, everyone buying each other rounds - and the next thing you know - we are closing the place. Where did the night go? I have no idea - time flies in Ireland and I'm so happy we spent our first full night in Ireland at Kavanaugh's. We planned to stay for an hour and we were there for four or five. Great Guinness - Great Food - Great Atmosphere - Great Staff - And Great People! I cant wait to make it back! PS I learned the hard way about their strict no signing rule :). If they didn't let Rod Stewart sing the week before, they certainly werent going to make an exception for me. You gotta love it! You're gonna love this place - I guarantee it.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 31 May 2022

That's not an exaggeration - the Guinness here really is smoother, creamier and simply more delicious here than anywhere else. Haven't experienced the restaurant side, but the pub side is always friendly, noisy and lively, though never too packed. Come order a pint of the...'black stuff' and be amazed!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 27 May 2022

I never felt more welcomed then at this Pub. I’m from Minnesota and they made me feel like a local. The beef stew was excellent. I will go back while I’m on Holiday.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Hi there unfortunately not enough interest in them (not enough customers buy them!) but you can contact Ciaran Kavanagh directly & he may do them as a special request?
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Yes, they do not take reservations. Enjoy great food! They serve great food and were judged to pour the best pint of Guinness
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