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Dublin Pubs - A Walk Down Memory Lane - Neary's, Chatham Street

Updated: Mar 13, 2021

This legendary Dublin pub, located just off Grafton Street has been in existence since 1887. Many of it's original features still exist, including two stunning lamp brackets, one each side of the front door and four gas lamps still in working order adding to the bohemian atmosphere in the bar.

Back in 1871 The Gaiety Theatre opened. The stage door is located opposite the rear entrance to Neary's and since then many famous patrons have crossed the door ... Gabriel Byrne, Colin Farrell, Jerry Hall, Glenn Close, Ronnie Drew, to name a few .... An interesting but useless piece of information .. for some unknown reason there was a ban on onions in the pub for over 50 years, Ronnie liked a bit of onion so he would bring one with him if he fancied a bit of lunch, it was secretly sent by the dumb waiter to the kitchen. The same dumb waiter is still in operation and the good news is ... you can now have onions in your sandwich ... which by the way are doorstoppers ! The oysters from Carlingford are also worth trying with a freshly pulled pint of Guinness.( The longer this lockdown goes on the harder I find to write without building up a thirst like no other ... )

Thanks Liza Riley for sending me the above review of Neary's !

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Jun 22, 2020

In 2007 the Dubliner magazine published their top 100 Dublin pubs. Neary’s made the top 10! Below is their glowing report published at the time.

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