Guinness and Irish Music on a Magical Musical Pub Crawl
Our first night in Ireland, we knew we’d be super tired from traveling, but wanted to hit the ground running & take advantage of our limited time in Dublin. What better way to settle in than on the famous Musical Pub Crawl. Visiting some of Dublin’s best pubs, this pub crawl combined two things that the Irish excel at: traditional music & beers.
We started at Oliver St. John Gogarty’s, a giant pub/restaurant/cafe/hostel in Temple Bar. The Pub Crawl meets in public bars, but as a group in private rooms with a bartender dedicated just to your group. Once we were checked in, we met our musical hosts for the evening, Mark & Joss. Over the next few hours, they took us & about 57 others through a historic journey of Irish music.
We had our first Guinness of the trip & as we were enjoying our beverages, the live music started – Mark on guitar, Joss on the squeeze box (which he has been playing since he was 8). I loved how Mark started the show: “Irish music is like Guinness: you can find it everywhere in the world, but when you come to Ireland, it tastes different.”
The Musical Pub Crawl was by far the most touristy thing we did during our trip, but it was also one of the most awesome. We fell in love with Irish music on the crawl & made a point to seek it out throughout the rest of our trip. It was a great way to spend our first evening in Ireland!