Dundrum area (Dundrum is four miles from the city centre on the Luas)
There are three good pubs in Dundrum; one called Uncle Tom's Cabin in Lower Dundrum near Windy Arbour where the pub caters for all ages and is nice and quite. Then there are two pubs in the heart of Dundrum; the Eagle pub where is caters mostly the young generation and is quite lively with a lot of buzz and across the road (100 meters) there is the Dundrum house or Ryan's as it is called. This pub is the quiet one where if you want to have a quite night and have a laugh without shouting to your friends. There is ample room for sitting with friendly staff and this is one to go if you want a nice relaxing pub. Across the road from it there is the local chipper. If you want to go back to town, the bus stop is across the road from both pubs and buses come every 15 to 20 minutes to town,.The buses are 44, 44a, and 48. But if you want to get a hackney you can go to the local taxi office around the corner from Ladbrokes (only 10 seconds from both pubs)".
"If you wanna get ripped off with the price of a pint (5 Euro) and have a massive hole in your wallet or bank account, there is no better place to go than Winters in Dundrum shopping centre. If you enjoy get refused by snotty bouncers this is the place for you".[courtesy Stefan Engemann - many thanks for your excellent advice - I owe you several large drinks!
Stef also writes: "Ruairi McGuires, in Dundrum Town Centre, has beer for the average price and there's enough room to sit and talk. It's under Hamleys toy story and you can easily get the Luas and bus to it. A pint is 4.50 and its average price for a good variety of food."
The Goat [Grill] in nearby Goatstown is worth a visit - it's well off the tourist trail but a lively pub with very good food and drink. Owned by entrepreneur Charlie Chalke, it has a sports theme and is a great place to be when Ireland are playing football or rugby, or Dublin is playing GAA. Mr Chalke is a former owner of Sunderland Football Club in the UK and athough he sold his share in the mid-noughties, he still takes a keen interest in the club. The pub was formerly known as Traynors, and was once exempt from the strict Sunday licensing laws since it was considered to be on a main thoroughfare out of Dublin.
Howth [on the DART]
M.S. Duleep from India is a regular visitor to Dublin. He suggests you should visit the Tophouse, Main Street, Howth - mostly locals with friendly service and an affordable pint. If you're looking for extra entertainment, there is live music on Thursdays. The Tophouse - mostly locals. Cozy seating.
Huib Zegers kindly sends this: "I've been a couple of times in The Lighthouse on Howth's Church Street on a Sunday afternoon. The interior of this pub is rather ordinary but the service is friendly and on Sunday afternoons it's packed with very chatty locals and regulars alike who flock there to listen to traditional music. The pub is literally a bit hidden as Church Street runs parallel and slightly above the busy Harbour Road. That's probably why I didn't encounter many tourists in The Lighthouse." (October 2002)