•Get into the Dublin spirit with a traditional music session on Monday nights
•Settle near the fireplace and let yourself be transported by the rhythm
Dublin musicians swear the best “session” in the city is at Mother Reilly’s, south of the center in Rathmines, a five-minute cab ride from the Conrad Dublin—or a straightforward 10-minute walk. Visit at 9:30 p.m. on a Monday night, order a pint of Guinness (everyone does), and settle in around the fireplace for a toe-tapping evening with bodhran drums and banjos. There’s a really local vibe here, and the crowd is a mix of old-time regulars, sports fans (they screen big games), and music buffs. There are snugs to cozy up in (essentially a little hidden corner in the pub where people retreat for private chats, usually with a single table) and the lighting is low, so you won’t stick out as a tourist. If you’re looking for something a bit more unexpected, join a ukulele jam at the Stag’s Head pub on Tuesday nights. Everyone is welcome, and even if you don’t take part, and it’s fun to see a crowd of musicians enthusiastically play high-tempo covers of hits as varied as “My Little Runaway” by Del Shannon and Britney Spears’s “…Baby One More Time.” Beware: impassioned musicians have also been known to take to the cobblestoned city-center streets in ukulele flash mobs.
Mother Reilly’s is the red fronted pub with the black sign, on Rathmine’s Road Upper in the south part of the city. You’ll find the Stag’s Head on the corner of Dame Lane and Dame Court. It’s a traditional looking pub with stone columns and flower baskets hanging outside.
MOTHER REILLY’S: 26–30 Upper Rathmines Rd.; +353-(0)1-497-5486; dublinsessions.ie/mother-reillys
THE STAG’S HEAD: 1 Dame Court; +353-(0)1-671-3701; louisfitzgerald.com/stagshead