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The best Guinness this side of the pond. Period.
The Dublin House is a real, New York City, Irish, neighborhood bar.
Been around since before Prohibition, and located on the Upper West
Side, 79th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam, it is literally and
figuratively a historical landmark. It was the first thing sailors saw
after docking at the 79th Street boat basin.
Back in the day, people stopped in for a couple before work, so the
Dublin House has always opened at 8am. Always has, still does, every
day except Sunday when it opens at noon - closes at 4am seven days a
VOTED #2 DIVE BAR ON AOL'S
A Brief History
An Irish guy named Carway first rented the Dublin House in 1921 from
its then-owners, whose previous tenant was an orphanage. Prohibition
had started two years earlier, so from the outside it looked like a
residence, but thanks to certain business arrangements with the local
authorities, inside it was a full bar and restaurant. The first floor
was the bar, the second floor the restaurant, the back of the third
floor was the kitchen, and a dumb waiter operated where the phone booth
Carway bought the whole building in 1933 after Prohibition ended and
immediately affixed the Dublin House's iconic neon harp to the facade.
The bar remained family-owned and operated for the next 85 years -
Carway's nephew Chris Water took over in mid-stream - until Mike
Cormican bought it in 2006. Mike is Dublin House family: one, he's
Irish, as in "born in Ireland," and two, most importantly, he's been
the Dublin House's main bartender for 16 years, working six nights a
week, behind the stick, walking the planks.