Irish people are one of the most friendly people in the world. However, if you want to make lasting friendships, don't mention the two topics that most Irish people avoid - religion and politics! A comment about the day's weather is a good opener.
Sosume - Wexford street; one of my favourites, Two floors and first floor is very long and spacious and beer is normal price and is a popular place for 20 year olds. If you want to have a quiet night out, Sunday night is good as you have a pick of the seats and nice quite time is enjoyed on a Sunday. [SE]NEW
"Foleys on Baggot street [map section S-54]is a nice pub and not too packed. It's a traditional Irish pub with lots of seats but the beer is expensive. Toners, also on Baggot street, is small but a nice old Irish bar with very friendly bar staff. Beer is expensive but the craic is nice.Flannerys on Wexford street has late opening but with reasonable prices. It is a long pub with good vibes and recommended by all. Cassidys bar, Opposite Bleeding Horse is on Wexford/Camden street [this is where Bill Clinton downed a stout since he is somehow related to the Cassidys - ed.]. It is the same as Flannerys as its a long pub with ample seats for the tied drunk". [SE]
Whelans at 25, Wexford Street has a great variety of gigs as well as a club. There is entertainment most weekend evenings at prices varying from 6 Euro upwards. Big name entertainers in the past include Maria Doyle Kennedy (ex Commitments) as well as whacky events such as the annual Air Guitar Champs!
Thing Moate - Beside the Molly Malone statue, Grafton Street. 2 Levels (just a pub). Not very big but a very good pub. Can get packed. Very wooden pub but it's a nice traditional old pub. (If you are into that). One of my many old drinking grounds and no bad comments about it at all. All in all very comfortable bar to be in and prices are good. [SE] NEW