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#258 of 2,008 Restaurants in Dublin
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€5 - €15
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Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Soups
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Vegetarian Friendly
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LOVE LOVE LOVE this bar. We were welcomed every time we walked into the doors! They took us to look at the lovely room on the top floor. What a gorgeous room this was. They served us with the utmost grace. Because of this, we...came to this pub every night. By the way, each and every live performer was fantastic. Paul, Brian and the Jerk Steve will be missed, lol. See you soon.......More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Horrible horrible horrible The most rude restaurant i have ever visited be wanted to send something back to the kitchen because we weren’t happy and the manager refused We are visiting Ireland on vacation and double we will ever come back after this terrible experience...i hope Ireland has more to offer than the bad quality of this restaurantMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff were really rude kept telling us to move but wouldn’t tell us where to move as there was no where for us to stand but they let us in so there obviously was room for us, kept giving us horrible looks every time they...passed us - both dark haired waitress and blonde hair with a shaved side weren’t very nice at all really made the experience worse would not come again because of those staff members. However did notice when men stood where we were the women staff would staff wouldn’t say anything to them just left them aloneMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The positive first: the atmosphere is really great and the live music is also good. Unfortunately, that was it. At almost 10 euros, a pint of Guinness is more expensive than in all the other bars, restaurants and pubs I visited in the immediate Temple...Bar area. Unfortunately the staff is not as friendly as usual. As a pub you can't go wrong with beer - but unfortunately you can with food. We went to the pub for dinner and none of the food was impressive. Two of us had a Guinness pie for 24.95 euros, which was pretty okay. However, the chef probably didn't have direct access to salt - I've rarely had such a bland meal. The rest of the group wasn't hungry and only ordered fish soup and received a fish pie instead. Of course we pointed out the mistake to the waitress. She said that she was just new and that she was sorry (... that was ok and understandable). A second waitress came and said that of course we could get the correct food - but that would take a while. We didn't want that, half of us already had their food. In the end the full price was charged and I asked for an explanation and at least a compromise. There was no such thing: instead we were blamed. Instead of drinking a beer or two in the pub after dinner, we left - never going there again. I have now read in reviews that it is probably no exception that the wrong (more expensive food) is served... A typical tourist trap! Less than 100 meters away we were happy in The Old Storehouse Bar and Restaurant. Beer is significantly cheaper. The food is better and especially: the atmosphere is much, much better there!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice place, live music, very friendly staff, reasonably priced and great location. Didn’t try the food but looked great. Was also clean

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our quick trip to Dublin, we visited this amazing pub twice because it was so great! The bartenders (esp Brian and Paul, thank you!!) were amazing, incredible live music and the architecture is impressive and beautiful. We made some new friends from around the...world here as well. :)More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Myself & my partner called in here yesterday afternoon around 3pm after we had been walking in Phoenix park, we had just ate lunch & fancied a drink with a bit of music so went here. First off €18.50 for two pints !!! Secondly very...rude barman who told my partner that he wouldn't be serving him anymore drink because he was wearing a tracksuit bottoms which is ridiculous, he said he didn't see him coming in the side door so served him but said we were to leave after we finished our pints. My partner finished his pint before me & I tried to explain that we were decent people just out walking & all I got was a dismissive barman who wouldn't listen. We decided to leave my drink which was half full & go next door to The Halfpenny Bar where we were greeted so warmly and there's a lovely atmosphere plus the pints are not a rip off. I work in the hospitality industry looking after pubs and I would suggest going elsewhere, when the bar trade is on its knees in Ireland this is how you are treated by a very average pub. I'll never go there again.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The live music is fantastic. We stayed here for hours whilst visiting Dublin. The bar staff are also great, quick service.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 28 March 2024

Ideal place for a relaxed evening out. The food is good but even better is the atmosphere of the place. Nevertheless, it is always a good choice for a Dublin visitor.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 10 March 2024

Absolute kip, robbing people with their prices. Nothing special about this place, its purely a tourist trap. AVOID at all costs!!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 22 February 2024 via mobile

Met my cousin and his family from New York here recently. I was skeptical as I'd heard it was pricey. My stomach churned when I seen the price my cousin was paying for a drink. He only had one as he thought the same. This...is the most expensive pint in Ireland. TOURIST TRAP. MOST EXPENSIVE PINT IN IRELAND. AVOID AVOID AVOID. PURE GREED and there is nothing special about this place.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 20 February 2024

The most expensive pint in Ireland and proud of their greed. There are so many better pubs and restaurants in Dublin so easy to avoid this place in future

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 19 February 2024

AVOID! We got charged € 10.60 for a pint and € 10.50 for a Guinness! This place is a tourist trap. Never again going in here, they are totally over charging the customer

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024 via mobile

Worst place ever, the owner is an old, snob man. I think it isn’t normal during a lunch to refuse à family at lunch time because the 14 years old boy « isn’t dress properly ».

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 29 January 2024

What a spot this is......really good music and fantastic live music. Drinks a re fantastic and not too expensive considering the area. Definitely be going back

Date of visit: January 2024
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jennifer b
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€6.50 for a pint of Guinness is expensive, €7.60 for a pint of Coke is robbery. Fact.
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THE MERCHANT'S ARCH BAR & RESTAURANT, Dublin - Temple Bar - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos - Tripadvisor

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The Merchant's Arch Bar & Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5