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#126 of 812 Irish in Dublin
#210 of 2,119 Restaurants in Dublin


US$6 - US$17
Irish, Bar, European, Pub, Soups
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very expensive gin and tonic - it cost €13.50!!! Cool buy but I would buy a pint or something that won’t break the bank! (Pints are still pricey in Dublin!)

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 20 September 2021

Out for a leisurely stroll through the city last weekend, looking for a nice drink with a lovely atmosphere. We heard music coming from Merchants Arch, so we headed in. We were assigned a table when we arrived, which was great. Ordered 2 drinks (one...a glass of wine presented in the smallest wine glass I’ve ever seen) and a cocktail which was flat, had little to no prosecco in and just overall disappointing considering the price. 4 rounds of drinks later at a cost of €80 in total, we finish our drinks and our chat as we head off home, when a man from behind the bar proceeds to our table, asks us if we are having any more drinks to which we replied ‘ no thank you, we are leaving ‘ - and his response was as follows ‘ these tables are high in demand so we need these for paying customers please, so if you don’t mind you’ll have to leave if not having any more drinks ‘ ….. We were disgusted to say the least, after already spending €80 in this bar and to be told ‘ we need these tables for paying customers’ What exactly were we?! If not paying customers? Just another example of typical extortionate prices in temple bar and bad service. Never again.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 9 September 2021

Beautiful building inside and out, a real pub feel, friendly staff and really tasty Irish food, enjoyed it very much.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 7 September 2021

We visited the Arch in May 2019 pre-COVOD: sorry for the delayed review. We went to the Arch looking for a restaurant that was a bit away from the tourists on Fleet. It was populated by locals, some young and some middle age plus a...few tourists. The music was more modern than we'd experienced n touristy bars. Elton John, Sheehan. Eagles etc. We sat on the main floor and ordered Fish and Chips, Bacon and Cabbage and Guinness and Hop House larger. Our last night in Dublin was relaxing enjoying the music.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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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 is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5