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The Dublin in Jerusalem is part of the Dublin chain of pubs with locations in
Herzliya and Rehovot, serving as a home away from home to many tourists, expats
residing in Israel and Jerusalemites that appreciate a well-poured
It should be clear to anyone who walks into Dublin that the pub
wasn’t built as a passing fancy.
Dublin’s interior is made up of high
Gothic ceilings, thick wooden furniture, authentic Irish chandeliers and ornate
stained glass. Sitting areas are divided into two categories: the knights’ table
for groups and snugs for intimate encounters. No two dining areas are the same,
so visitors can have a different experience of the pub every time.
is the kind of place where middle-aged couples can munch on finger food and
throw back whiskey shots alongside 22-year-old guys mustering the courage
required to approach a girl.
TV screens around the walls enable patrons
to watch their favorite matches. no matter where they are seated. There were no
major games on the night we were there, so although the sets were on, they were
The only thing in which Dublin customers cannot be pedestrian is
their taste in beer. Carlsberg and Heineken aren’t considered respectable
options at Dublin.
The bar is fully stocked with all types of alcohol,
and the assortment of beers on tap is quite impressive, with a different beer to
meet every palate. They range from sweet, cherry-flavored Kasteel Rouge (while
it is considered by many as a “girly” beer, it is truly delicious) through
German wheat bears, Austrian lagers, full-bodied Belgian beers and, of course,
Guinness, the classic Irish stout.
Beer kegs aren’t located under the bar
as in most Israeli drinking establishments but in a special refrigerated beer
cellar built to European standards. The beer reaches the taps through an
elaborate system of underground pipes.
But in addition to the booze,
Dublin has an enticing menu that combines bar staples like Buffalo wings and
burgers with options like pizzas, fish & chips and tortillas.
book-size menus in Hebrew and English are well laid out, with each dish
described in full, including pictures beside some of the listings.
that menu, my dining partner and I ordered beers on draft: 500 ml. Kriek (NIS
32) and Edelweiss (NIS 28). I also put the whiskey sour to the test, and I’d
give it a B.
To go with the drinks, we tried the meat platter (NIS 92),
which consisted of grilled chicken breast, chorizos, mini-kebabs and chicken
wings. The wings were crisp on the outside, and the flavor was unlike most
Israeli wing options. We also liked the chorizo a lot.
And really, since
when can you go wrong with onion rings? Dublin’s version (NIS 32) is a homemade
deal with tempura-battered slices of onion, and they’re good and greasy. We
finished the meal with a very tasty apple pie (NIS 32) with whipped
I have the distinct feeling that Dublin, with its delightful
atmosphere, good food and drink, will be around for at least another seven
years, and not only for sports fans.The writer was a guest of the
pub.Dublin Not kosher 4 Shamai, Jerusalem (02) 622-3612