Stout/beer comes in two sizes in Irish bars - the pint and the glass. Don't ask for a "half" if you don't feel like a full pint. However, some bartenders will understand! If you simply ask for a "pint", you'll usually get a pint of stout (usually Guinness
Farringtons in Temple Bar is a nice little place to go where there is upstairs and downstairs space. They close, I think, at 12.30 most nights and if people are like me who can't drink that much and can get legless quickly there is no better place [SE] NEW. Sounds like a pleasant change from the usual Temple Bar offering - thanks a lot Stef [editor].
Although not exactly hidden, O'Neill's pub is a blast from the past, with rooms full of atmosphere, a warren of drinking areas and bar staff who can pour a pint properly. It does sometimes take some time to be served, especially if lots of stouts are being served. O'Neill's is at the junction of Suffolk Street and Andrews Street, very near the Tourist information.
The Stag's Head on Dame Lane is a traditional Dublin pub and may be found parallel to the south side of Dame Street [see map, section N-49], not far from the Central Bank. It's an excellent watering hole full of atmosphere and has a lovely snug should you be lucky enough to find no one in there.It is not open on Sundays (it never has been) - try the nearby Dame Tavern for excellent Guinness and friendly clientelle (9.9.02)
Sinnotts (Right beside St Stephens Shopping Centre). This place is a late night pub with dance floor. Drinks are average priced and if you want to get a seat come in early for 8-ish, but after nine you will be standing. McDaids - Opposite Bruxelles on Grafton/Harry Street. 2 Story pub - Not packed too much but excellent place to go if you want to be relaxed and very good place to get a good laugh. [SE]
Bruxelles used to have a reputation as a meeting place for gays, back in the steam-aged good old days of the 1980s. The clientele is more balanced these days and you are likely to meet smart city-type people rather than village people. The ambiance is good, particularly with the smoking ban (it used to be quite smoky and seedy) and I would recommend it for a pint. Peter Scott.
McDaids is worth a look, although it is frequently packed with people. It still retains character though, although it can get very smoky. It's on Harry Street, just off Grafton Street, very near the Westbury hotel.