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Port Elizabeth, California
December 28, 2005
From journal Dublin Delights - My Highlights to the Fair City
October 4, 2005
From journal 10-Day Trip to Ireland
March 26, 2005
From journal St. Patty's in Dublin
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
June 17, 2004
Turned out to be a godsend. We all raced to Oliver’s as soon as the parade was finished and set up camp in the corner on the second floor. The pub was located right in the middle of the Temple Bar district and filled up awfully fast after the parade. The pub itself was named after one of Dublin’s famous poets and general socialite. A bloke called Philip Lawlor obtained the first license for the premises in 1835 and would’ve had many a famous face sit and stare into a Guinness.
Once established in our corner (kind of a bay window) we set about getting rounds of Guinness and Murphy’s (about 5 euros each) while the band broke out into traditional Irish music under the "no spitting" sign on the rafters above. This same band played for the whole 10 hours we were there that afternoon with only a couple of breaks to re-lubricate the larynx with some soothing Irish beers. They really played up to the crowd – although I fear most of us there would have been tourists. Amongst our group were Wallaby Rugby jerseys and touristy Irish coloured top hats. Throughout the day different groups of people came and went – some over from London for the weekend (like us) and others on tour groups with the same coloured shirts on to identify each other once the beer goggles became cloudy.
There are two main levels to this pub. The upstairs area is a bit smaller but brings everyone together. Downstairs is a little larger with the bar counter coming from the Green Room at The Theatre Royal. There is no cover charge either which is a bonus. You can get bar food throughout the day from 12pm or you can wonder upstairs to the dedicated restaurant that has dishes such as the Trinity College Chicken being enjoyed since the 1800’s. The Galway Bay Oysters and Dublin Bay seafood cocktail are highly recommended.
The décor is typical of 19th century pubs with different memorabilia and artefacts from all the decades it has been serving. Traditional Irish music is played daily from about 2pm till 2am and this is a famous drawcard for tourists. Oliver St John Gogarty’s also offers accommodation in either Hotel style or hostel type accommodation. Good central location to stay but could get a little noisy I assume.
Great way to spend St Paddies and enjoy the craic!
From journal Slainte from Dublin
New York, New York
March 10, 2003
The 3 times I've gone there has always been a good band that played good Irish tunes (Pogues, Dubliners, Christy Moore, etc.) that we, the tourists, liked and sang along to. There's a fair number of locals in there as well, or at least Irish folks from outside Dublin in town for a night. The craic has always been ninety at OSJG.
From journal Ireland, 2001
Marina del Rey, California
November 18, 2000
From journal Whirlwind Two Days In Ireland