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#127 of 797 Irish in Dublin
#206 of 2,082 Restaurants in Dublin
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US$6 - US$18
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Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Soups
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 14 March 2020 via mobile

This bar is a definite must visit on any trip to Dublin the atmosphere is amazing the building is full of history and that barman is a legend give him whatever wage he wants to keep him there

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 14 March 2020 via mobile

Absolutely loved this place. The chap behind the bar was friendly and remembered me and my partner from our visit the day before. Live music was awesome. Couldn’t wish for a friendlier bar. Thank you

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 4 February 2020

Popped in here for some lunch one cold Saturday in late January whilst wandering around the city. Not the busiest of places (late January) but still busy enough to give it some atmosphere. Enjoyed a hearty cajun chicken burger and chips pub lunch and drinks...and had a chat with the friendly owner Tom who opened up the upper bar to let me have a look (as I'd heard about it from others). The live singer was good and gave the place a buzz even though there was just a couple of dozen people in. Made a note to revisit again when I had more time. Worth a visit if you're in town.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Merchantsarch20, Owner at The Merchant's Arch Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2020

Thank you!

Reviewed 26 January 2020 via mobile

We stumbled across The Arch 6 years ago and are back here every visit to Dublin, that speaks volumes. We love the music, the food and the staff. No matter where else we try we always end up back here. Yes it's not the cheapest,...but you're paying for the whole experience not just a drink in a soulless bar. It's definitely worth it!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Merchantsarch20, Public Relations Manager at The Merchant's Arch Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2020

Hi there and thank you for your review! Call back and see us again soon! Slainte!

Reviewed 15 January 2020

We love this pub and always go there when in Dublin. We had a meal there yesterday. My son who has a life threatening egg allergy looked at the menu and ordered as there was no mention on the menu of egg in the dish...he picked. When it came we were a bit wary as it looked as though there may be egg in it. The waiter checked and there was! The menu needs to state this by law as far as I know. We must be able to trust what is written there. Other than that its a great pub.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 14 January 2020 via mobile

The waiter of that shift (he said he was Greek) served us the first round of beers requested by us, a friend of mine asked for ineerent explanations to one of the beers, asking if that was the beer requested, having a different flavor from...that who remembered. The waiter brought another glass with the same beer inside, very calmly we asked him if it was possible to see from which stapler he had taken that beer, at first we believed that the waiter was joking with us, until we seen returning to his post exclaiming towards my friend: "you don't know what the fu** you're talking about, don't drink beer I'll pay you" and going down the stairs he shouted: "f**k y*u !!" . When he came back up we thought once again that the waiter was joking using those tones and we asked him for a new round of beers and he refused, he shouted at me to go away by yanking my arm. At that point I asked a colleague of his to speak with the Manager, we explained the situation and at the end he asked us if we wanted to order more .... they did not take any steps with that waiter, they only changed floor and they did replaced with a girl, but every time we crossed paths with him he kept laughing at us !!! A really bad experience to be one of the most renowned pubs in the city !!!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Merchantsarch20, Public Relations Manager at The Merchant's Arch Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2020

Hi there and thank you for your review today. We are currently investigating this review as a we have no recollection of this. Thank you

Reviewed 14 January 2020

Beautiful bar and great music. The spire is worth a view! There was live entertainment and a few tourists like us. Have a beer and a look around.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Merchantsarch20, Public Relations Manager at The Merchant's Arch Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2020

Thank you very much! Slainte!

Reviewed 5 January 2020

I can't believe I hadn't reviewed The Merchant's Arch before this recent trip. Situated right across from the Ha'Penny Bridge, the restaurant is in a perfect location. The winding staircase up to the second-floor dining area can be a bit daunting after a few drinks,...so take your time. The decor is fun, especially during the holidays, and the view out the windows while dining is very picturesque. Service is attentive, but not intrusive. The food is very good, with typical selections for restaurants in the general Temple Bar area, with the mussels, fish and chips, bacon and cheddar burger, and traditional Irish stew being top picks. The live music just further adds to the overall atmosphere and lends itself to a perfect evening out.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Merchantsarch20, Public Relations Manager at The Merchant's Arch Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2020

Thanks for the 5 ⭐ rating! Slainte!

Reviewed 27 December 2019 via mobile

A great bar man full of Irish banter. Was able to try whiskys and enjoy an Irish coffee extremely overpriced at about £12.50 per coffee and £12 a shot of whisky but the whole experience was worth it! A lovely building and great chat from...the barmanMore

Date of visit: December 2019
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Merchantsarch20, Public Relations Manager at The Merchant's Arch Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2020

Hi there and thank you for your review! We can assure you we dont dont sell 12 pound 50 coffees. 🤔 All our prices are on our menus and our whiskey bottles! Slainte!

Reviewed 6 December 2019 via mobile

I read some of the other reviews before going to this restaurant and a few people said it was expensive the prices were clearly marked on the menu and the alcohol prices were also clearly displayed if If you think the prices are too expensive...don’t go but if you wanna have a top night out with great food great entertainment this is the place to go If you want cheap prices go to a backstreet Cafe because I don’t wanna be sitting next to somebody that thinks they’ve paid too much money for half a beer.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Merchantsarch20, Public Relations Manager at The Merchant's Arch Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2019

Thank you for your review! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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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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