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Dublin, Ireland

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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
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop off
9 Duke St, Dublin, Ireland

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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.
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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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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Informative and entertaining
, Mar 2020
I had so much fun on this informative and entertaining pub tour. The guides / actors are absolutely outstanding!! As travel restrictions started to kick in that night, I'm particularly thankful that the tour was not cancelled despite the low number of participants. Social distancing was observed at all times, very responsible.
Great Mix and Worth It
, Feb 2020
This pub crawl was so much fun! The actors/guides made it amazing and there was a surprise bonus quiz at the end of the night making this a great mix of walking tour, history, pub crawl, show and trivia. I even went on this crawl solo and walked out meeting so many people. Would definitely recommend or do again.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks a mill Ashley. It's a great thing to do in Dublin when you're travelling on your own. Colm
AVOID!!! Refund demanded and not received.
, Dec 2019
I made my way to the upstairs bar punctually and searched around in vain for any evidence of this event existing - no tour guide, no umbrella etc. I called - no answer. I emailed - no reply. I have either been completely ripped off or discourteously treated in the extreme by lack of communication given that this FICTIONAL event didn’t happen. Refund optimistically expected. AVOID.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We start upstairs at the DUKE pub. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in winter. It's all clearly marked on our website and on our brochure. Nobody contacted me for a refund in the last while. We don't use an umbrella in the pub! We have two signs downstairs and another upstairs outside the room where we begin. When was 'Discov' booked to join us? What pub did he go to? If he was confused, did he not think to ask a barman where the tour starts? I mean: is this for real? I'm just back to work today after the holiday. There were a couple of people over Christmas who have requested refunds because their flights were cancelled. But that happens and they had no problem contacting us by email to say so. The only fiction about this tour for the last 31 years is the books we delve into by the authors. If we were discourteous to people in all that time we just would not be in business. Pls have a read through what others are saying and I think you will get a real picture of what we do. I hope you can join us. COLM
Fun literary evening in Dublin
William P
, Dec 2019
Enjoyed a lovely evening out during Christmastime in Dublin with Irish verse and Guinness (or Murphy’s which I’m not allowed to admit to in Dublin). We greatly enjoyed the performances and tour but wish it were in a chronologically logical order - hard to follow. Still, highly encourage the outing to whet the literary appetite.
Entertaining and Charming
, Dec 2019
We had a great time at the bar crawl. I have never been the biggest fan of Irish literature but we had a really funny evening with our guides.
disappointing for literature lovers
, Nov 2019
While there were moments of real pleasure, few of Ireland's real masters were included and there were few quotes and stories about and from them.
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
, Oct 2019
Great night with interesting and talented leaders for our crawl plus great pubs to visit. The actors were excellent in their knowledge and ability to do parts from plays and pertinent books. Kept our interest and entertained!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thanks very much. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the tour COLM
Superb Entertainment
Anna S
, Oct 2019
We went on the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl yesterday. Thoroughly recommend it. Great fun. Our guides (Derek and Frank I think, sorry if not the correct names) were extremely knowledgeable, engaging and entertaining. The acting was splendid and the after quiz was not at all like an exam! Just a bit more fun. Thanks for a great evening boys. Glad the weather remained dry.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thanks Anna. We really appreciate your review Colm
, Sep 2019
This did not have the literary elements I was expecting. I would have liked more information as we were in the pubs and less acting. I think the groups are just too large.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Just to clarify...there are just two pub stops to get a drink and look for clues on the quiz. Private visit to Trinity College (included in the price). That's all literary mixed in with the actors. This is a tour led by actors for 31 years. We do exactly what we say on the brochure: we talk about the pub, the poet and the pint. And you get time to sample a beer along the way. I hope you can join us COLM
Such fun! GREAT acting!
, Sep 2019
Really enjoyed our pub stops but the best was our tour guide/excellent actors that made the evening come alive and created a wonderful memory!

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