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Irish, Bar, European, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews fish and chips bangers and mash guinness stew burger lamb shank wings harding hotel irish music the pub great atmosphere live music every night temple bar great live music on tap beer ireland whiskeys
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had their lamb shank. Thought i died and went to heaven. I shook the shank and the meat fell off. Their wine sauce had angels singing. I could have gnawed at the bone for 2 h and still been happy. Their broccoli and carrots were...good... The veggie shouldn't be that good. Service was busy but they still took great care of us everyone friendly. 12/10More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed this place so much that it was our most visited pub. The atmosphere was relaxed, the bar staff were really welcoming and chatty. We also had food there (The chicken wings in particular were fantastic!) and the live music was the best we...heard on our trip. We will definitely come back here on our next visit!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here twice on our 5 day trip and it would have been 5 times if we had found it sooner! The best Irish food in dublin, come here eat the fish and chips or bangers and mash and you won’t regret it. Everyone...here was so kind & helpful. Go here!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location, good food and drink selection, but the service is the best and friendliest we’ve had in Dublin so far. So much so that after such a great experience at lunch yesterday with exceptional service from Oisin, we decide to come back again tonight....Once again, Oisin accompanied by Tom were outstanding. Had a few pours, fish and chips (highly recommend) and enjoyed some great music. Definitely worth a stop! I know I’ll be back my next visit to Dublin!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must visit when you’re in Dublin. A lovely place with great live music, and a decent selection of drinks. We didn’t eat here but all the food coming out looked delicious.

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

After trying over 10 different seafood chowders in Ireland, this was the decided winner. Scrumptious!

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

Perfectly poured Guinness - shamrock is a great touch on the head of the pint. Amazing atmosphere - shout out to the Irish celts band and Doreen. Beautiful music - will be sure to go back next time I’m in town.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is as great as you’ve heard. I say that because most people traveling to Dubin ask for a few pub recommendations and this is on just about everyone’s list—for good reason. There’s decent live music, good food, a welcoming atmosphere and of course...lot’s of beer. I’ve come to learn that there actually are only a small handful of pubs that serve food, beer, and live music on a regular basis. There are only about 5 in central Dublin and this is the best of the group.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food and Superb service. The entertainment definitely finished up our already fun filled day. Highly recommend!!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our first day in Dublin, our hotel concierge recommended Darkey Kelly's. We were able to get a table for two in front of the bar facing the musician. What a great atmosphere! This place is so much fun. The regulars ("the lads") were having...a terrific night enjoying each other's company and the beer. The music was outstanding and definitely traditional Irish music. The food was surprisingly good - stew, salad, and soup. And the service was right on.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visited Darkey Kelly's 4 years ago on our first visit to Dublin. This time, we traveled with several other couples. Darkey Kelly's did not disappoint. The live music was outstanding, with much of the bar singing along. Food was great, esp...the fish & chips and beef & Guinness stew. Drinks were flowing. Service was good, in spite of how busy they were. Our friends were so happy that we chose the place. It does get very crowded at peak times, so you may need to wait for a table, but it will be worth the wait.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 13 July 2022 via mobile

Lovely place, great atmosphere, friendly stuff. This place is accessible for wheelchair users: it has ramps and spacious toilets.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 11 July 2022 via mobile

Everyone was super friendly, and I got some Guinness because I'd never tried it before :) Definitely made me feel welcome on my first night in Dublin, and the drinks and live music were the cherry on top!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 9 July 2022 via mobile

We were sent here by our hotel front desk staff, and it was the best meal we had in Ireland — fish and chips and bangers and mash. Had tried the fish and chips in three other locations, and this one took the prize. Beautiful...display and quite tasty! Perfect balance of flavors (though I almost we are not Irish food experts). Would definitely return.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 July 2022

Nice Irish pub with a typical beer and cider selection, reasonable noise levels for a pub, and good pub grub.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Actually found a link for you ... but can’t post it here so go into giftly online and choose pub and you seem to be able to do it from there
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Yes we do a stir fry veg & rice dish , we have a pasta dish that’s vegetarian & we have some salad options also.
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Darkey Kelly's Bar & Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5