March 19, 2007
The Brazen Head is Dublin's oldest pub with a history going back eight centuries around 1198. Located on Bridge Street by the River Liffey on the Southside of the city. The Guinness Storehouse and Christchurch Cathedral are just blocks away. There has been a bar on this site since the 12th century when it was located in the medieval city with the original tavern being replaced by a coach inn in the late 17th century.
As you enter the The Brazen Head the first thing you see is a fine stone face looking a little like a castle with flowers in bloom should it be the season. Through the archway is an old cobblestone courtyard. In good weather you can take advantage of the tables amongst the kegs. The Brazen Head has two bars that are strewn with old memorabilia reflecting the bar's long history. During the day the seating is easy to come by, evenings you might want to arrive early to stake a claim. A restaurant is upstairs above the bar.
Famous patrons include James Joyce, Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan, Wolfe Tone, Robert Emmet and Daniel O'Connell. You can sit where they sat and enjoy a pint. It is an ideal spot for a rest between the Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Distillery. Believe me, if you sample the product at Jameson, you'll need a sit down.
From journal Co. Dublin