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Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

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Discover Dublin’s rich literary heritage while absorbing the convivial ambience of traditional pubs on a literary pub crawl. Wander Dublin’s charming streets to visit sites and pubs that inspired some of the country’s most famous writers; enjoy refreshing pints of locally brewed ale and sample local specialties (own expense); and put your newfound knowledge to the test in a fun-filled literary quiz at the end of your tour. Delve into Dublin’s literary past and exciting pub culture with entertaining and informative actors during this enriching experience.
  • Literary Dublin pub crawl
  • Guided walking tour through Dublin’s literary past and pub culture
  • Visit historic pubs, share a drink and hear tales from Dublin’s literary folklore
  • Led by entertaining actors who bring the characters to life
  • Literary quiz with prizes
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Guided walking tour with local actors to four Dublin pubs
Literary Quiz with prizes for winners
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop off
9 Duke St , 9 Duke St, Dublin, Ireland

You will find us in the upstairs bar of The Duke Pub, 9 Duke Street. Just off Grafton

This activity will end right where it started.
Depart from the central location of Duke Street and embark upon an animated and entertaining journey to the sights and sounds that inspired revered Irish writers such as Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and W.B. Yeats. Begin with a refreshing pint at the Duke Pub and listen to hilarious stories of the writers’ artistic antics. 

Revel in the joyous atmosphere created by incredible actors as scenes sourced from canonical novels are recreated; learn about the lives of the talented artists while also gaining fascinating insight into the turbulent history of Ireland’s capital city; and see the influence modern and ancient authors have had on the architecture of the city.    

Conclude your tour with an immersive literary quiz to test your new found knowledge of Ireland’s literary past; seize victory in order to win some fantastic prizes before returning to Duke Street, where the tour concludes.
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Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
On this tour that's as educational as it is recreational, you'll embark on an animated and entertaining journey through the sights and sounds that inspired great Irish writers including James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, Brendan Behan, Sean O'Casey, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats - not forgetting modern scribes like Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Paula Meehan and Brendan Kennelly. Kicking off at the Duke Pub on Duke Street, this literary pub crawl will take you to famous pubs and haunts while actors recite verses from the best Irish literature. You can sink a pint while learning about the lives of these great writers and hear some of the hilarious stories that became folklore in Dublin's literary circles. PLEASE NOTE: During Covid we reserve the right to cancel tours at short notice due to lack of numbers attending.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 16 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Infant seats should be required at time of booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Dublin Literary Pub Crawl?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Dublin Literary Pub Crawl?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dublin Literary Pub Crawl?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Perhaps it was the time of year (early May), but as the evening went on and as more stops were outdoors, it got quite chilly and dark." See review
  • "Funny and informative - learn about the works of famous authors while stopping at fantastic pubs." See review

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star-5
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Kian_M
, Aug 2022
Actors/guides were fabulous! So much fun! Thank you to both! Great group of participants. Bye, bye, bye.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks! And goodbye to you. Colm
star-5
Finbar and Frank had...
Christina_V
, Aug 2022
Finbar and Frank had great acting skills and impressive recall. It was a lot of fun, and I met some great people.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks Christina. Colm
star-5
Informative and Fun! Highly Recommend
Audrey_S
, Aug 2022
Colm and John were phenomenal! Still talking about this experience in Dublin... a great way to see the city, experience the local pub culture, and hear about the literary history. Cultural stops and music in addition to stops at 4 pubs.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank a million Audrey. Colm
star-5
Entertaining
Linda_O
, Aug 2022
We enjoyed this tour around to a few places. Starting at Duke's Pub, we were entertained with Irish songs and stories about literary greats from Ireland. We listened to more on the grounds of Trinity College.Then on to another pub. The time here was very short,20 minutes. Hard to really get up to the bar,get a drink and finish it before time to go. We did more literary stories and song then on to the third pub. Had time enough for a drink here. The last place we did not go into as a group. The tour ended outside there and we could go in if we wanted. The pubs we were shown were nice and I would certainly go to them again. This is a good tour to take at the start of your trip so you have time to go back and really enjoy the pubs that they introduce you to. The entertainment was great. Alot of fun and a pleasant way to spend an evening after dinner.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for joining us COLM
star-5
A night to remember in Dublin
Pieter_v
, Aug 2022
The talent and likable personality of the tour guide made for a great evening out in Dublin. It was also a good way to meet socially with other tourists from across the globe.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks Peter
star-5
A great, fun evening
Lisa_H
, Aug 2022
A great way to spend the evening. The tour was interesting and fun and with some great songs played along the way. A very enjoyable night.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks Lisa. Glad you enjoyed it COLM
star-5
Light intro to Dublin writers and their favorite pubs
Mary_B
, Jul 2022
Entertaining anecdotes about some of Dublin's literary giants and other historic characters. A pleasant intro to some of the pubs they frequented.
star-5
Fantastic event that brought Dublin’s history to life.
Richard_M
, Jul 2022
The reading and role playing of our guides provided insight to Irish writers. We visited pubs we would have missed if on our own.
star-5
Don’t miss this!
Rebecca_D
, Jul 2022
Finn and Frank were amazing guides! They told so many stories so well. Really the highlight of our trip!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you Rebecca. I really appreciate your review Colm
star-5
Authors, poets, and their pubs
Jane_S
, Jul 2022
The gents were very knowledgeable and funny Loved learning the history such and interesting past Dublin was a mecca if amazing writers
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Jane. I'll tell the gents. Colm
star-5
Fun night!
karen_b
, Jul 2022
Frank and Ben were funny, inclusive and did a great job herding us through Sat night Dublin!! They also sparked a new interest in irish literature for us
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Karen. We appreciate your feedback. COLM
star-5
Fun and informative
Gregg_M
, Jul 2022
Excellent experience with Frank and Finnbar! Fun and informative. Well worth the time and money. 5 star recommendation
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Gregg. Delighted you enjoyed the tour Colm
star-5
Second time was as good as the first time. Great fun!
Roger_C
, Jul 2022
Tour leaders provide a great experience as the relate facts about authors, locations, general history and the culture. The "script" is both insiteful and humerous. You should plan on absorbing the little details so you'll be able to participate in the quiz at the end of the tour. Interestingly, in our group, the "winner" and "runner-up" (one of whom was in our family) found out they had lived streets apart years back.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Roger Colm
star-5
A great time was had by all!
Robin_S
, Jul 2022
It was a great evening of learning, laughter, and libations. Strongly recommended if you like any of the above. Should be required if you like all three!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Robin. A pithy summary of what we do. Colm
star-5
A wonderfully entertaining event!
Pamela_W
, Jul 2022
Very informative and entertaining - a delightful evening. We enjoyed all of the venues. A lovely combination of stories and songs.
star-5
Highly recommended!
Pamela_D
, Jul 2022
Frank and Finnbar were knowledgeable on Irish history, well-versed in the writings of the authors, and hysterically funny!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Pamela. Delighted you enjoyed the tour. Colm
star-5
A great way to spend an evening
Judith_S
, Jun 2022
Finn was an excellent presenter, clear humorous and knowledgeable . A great way to see thenDublin pubs and learn about its culture
star-5
Fun at the pub
john_c
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide had a very good knowledge of the area as well as Being able to quote a lot of the written works he made it a lot of fun
star-5
Entertaining show also...
Christina_K
, Jun 2022
Entertaining show also for people that do not know a lot abiut Irish literature. You have to be interested though. We learned sonething and had a lot of fun!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks Christin. Yes, do come along with an open mind. Thinking caps supplied. Colm
star-3
Don’t go solo
Trevor_W
, Jun 2022
I enjoyed the tour and the stories but the bar stops weren’t very fun while solo. I didn’t know about the stops when I signed up.
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