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Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

Dublin, Ireland
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Discover Dublin’s rich literary heritage while absorbing the convivial ambience of traditional pubs on a literary pub crawl. Wander Dublin’s charming streets to visit sites and pubs that inspired some of the country’s most famous writers; enjoy refreshing pints of locally brewed ale and sample local specialties (own expense); and put your newfound knowledge to the test in a fun-filled literary quiz at the end of your tour. Delve into Dublin’s literary past and exciting pub culture with entertaining and informative actors during this enriching experience.
  • Literary Dublin pub crawl
  • Guided walking tour through Dublin’s literary past and pub culture
  • Visit historic pubs, share a drink and hear tales from Dublin’s literary folklore
  • Led by entertaining actors who bring the characters to life
  • Literary quiz with prizes

What's Included

  • Guided walking tour with local actors to four Dublin pubs
  • Literary Quiz with prizes for winners
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 9 Duke St
    9 Duke St, Dublin, Ireland

    You will find us in the upstairs bar of The Duke Pub, 9 Duke Street. Just off Grafton

End point

  • Davy Byrnes
    21 Duke St, Dublin, D02 K380, Ireland

What To Expect

Depart from the central location of Duke Street and embark upon an animated and entertaining journey to the sights and sounds that inspired revered Irish writers such as Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and W.B. Yeats. Begin with a refreshing pint at the Duke Pub and listen to hilarious stories of the writers’ artistic antics. 

Revel in the joyous atmosphere created by incredible actors as scenes sourced from canonical novels are recreated; learn about the lives of the talented artists while also gaining fascinating insight into the turbulent history of Ireland’s capital city; and see the influence modern and ancient authors have had on the architecture of the city.    

Conclude your tour with an immersive literary quiz to test your new found knowledge of Ireland’s literary past; seize victory in order to win some fantastic prizes before returning to Duke Street, where the tour concludes.

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

On this tour that's as educational as it is recreational, you'll embark on an animated and entertaining journey through the sights and sounds that inspired great Irish writers including James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, Brendan Behan, Sean O'Casey, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats - not forgetting modern scribes like Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Paula Meehan and Brendan Kennelly. Kicking off at the Duke Pub on Duke Street, this literary pub crawl will take you to famous pubs and haunts while actors recite verses from the best Irish literature. You can sink a pint while learning about the lives of these great writers and hear some of the hilarious stories that became folklore in Dublin's literary circles. PLEASE NOTE: During Covid we reserve the right to cancel tours at short notice due to lack of numbers attending.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 16 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Infant seats should be required at time of booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Dublin Literary Pub Crawl?

A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Dublin Literary Pub Crawl?

A:The policy on sanitization is:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dublin Literary Pub Crawl?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveler Tips

Perhaps it was the time of year (early May), but as the evening went on and as more stops were outdoors, it got quite chilly and dark.
Funny and informative - learn about the works of famous authors while stopping at fantastic pubs.
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Best night of our trip
Stephanie_B, Sep 2022
We Loved the combination of the literary quotes and song. Colum and John are a dynamic duo. We are here dropping my daughter off at UCD. She is here studying creative writing so it was most definitely the cherry on top.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you!. I hope she has a great time in James Joyce's Alma Mater. Colm
Finbar and Frank had...
Christina_V, Aug 2022
Finbar and Frank had great acting skills and impressive recall. It was a lot of fun, and I met some great people.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thanks Christina. Colm
A great night with great hosts!!!
Geraldine_F, Aug 2022
Brilliant experience - Finbar and Frank great hosts - fantastic sketches bringing literature to life. Loads of hisorical facts in an entertaining way! Also introduction to some great pubs!!!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thanks Geraldine for your review. Colm
I’m done with review.
Kian_M, Aug 2022
Actors/guides were fabulous! So much fun! Thank you to both! Great group of participants. Bye, bye, bye.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thanks! And goodbye to you. Colm
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Stories and music! A...
Robert_T, Aug 2022
Stories and music! A wonderful night. Lovely people who made the night fun and memorable. One of the highlights of Dublin.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thanks very much Robert! COLM
Fun night!
karen_b, Jul 2022
Frank and Ben were funny, inclusive and did a great job herding us through Sat night Dublin!! They also sparked a new interest in irish literature for us
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks Karen. We appreciate your feedback. COLM
A great, fun evening
Lisa_H, Aug 2022
A great way to spend the evening. The tour was interesting and fun and with some great songs played along the way. A very enjoyable night.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thanks Lisa. Glad you enjoyed it COLM
Put this on your must see list in Dublin
Marylinn_S, Sep 2022
They had me from the get go with Waiting For Godot! Ive seen and read it many times but this short interp had me seeing with new insight. Wit, talent, careful scripting and selection of each story, timing , location - it was brilliant. Finn and Frank deserve an Oscar! Or maybe a BAFTA! And the quiz bits were well chosen.
Light intro to Dublin writers and their favorite pubs
Mary_B, Jul 2022
Entertaining anecdotes about some of Dublin's literary giants and other historic characters. A pleasant intro to some of the pubs they frequented.
Don’t miss this!
Rebecca_D, Jul 2022
Finn and Frank were amazing guides! They told so many stories so well. Really the highlight of our trip!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you Rebecca. I really appreciate your review Colm
Authors, poets, and their pubs
Jane_S, Jul 2022
The gents were very knowledgeable and funny Loved learning the history such and interesting past Dublin was a mecca if amazing writers
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks Jane. I'll tell the gents. Colm
Informative and Fun! Highly Recommend
Audrey_S, Aug 2022
Colm and John were phenomenal! Still talking about this experience in Dublin... a great way to see the city, experience the local pub culture, and hear about the literary history. Cultural stops and music in addition to stops at 4 pubs.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank a million Audrey. Colm
Fantastic event that brought Dublin’s history to life.
Richard_M, Jul 2022
The reading and role playing of our guides provided insight to Irish writers. We visited pubs we would have missed if on our own.
A Entertaining Way to Get to Know Dublin
David_C, Sep 2022
We had a wonderful time with Finn and Ben. Both were knowable and enthusiastic. Fun stories and interesting anecdotes. Highly recommend.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thanks David, they'll be delighted to hear that COLM
Fun and informative
Gregg_M, Jul 2022
Excellent experience with Frank and Finnbar! Fun and informative. Well worth the time and money. 5 star recommendation
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks Gregg. Delighted you enjoyed the tour Colm
Not for everyone
Oxana_M, Sep 2022
the narration and the actors were just great but I guess this format just isn't for me, I cant drink that much:( felt like i wasted my money and left too early. just wasn't interested in drinking every 15 mins
Response from Host, Sep 2022
You don't have to drink at all. Buy a soft drink when you're in the pub. There are two drink stops along the way so the evening is tilted very much towards the performances and history as conveyed by the actors. I hope some day you can join us. Colm
A night to remember in Dublin
Pieter_v, Aug 2022
The talent and likable personality of the tour guide made for a great evening out in Dublin. It was also a good way to meet socially with other tourists from across the globe.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thanks Peter
Linda_O, Aug 2022
We enjoyed this tour around to a few places. Starting at Duke's Pub, we were entertained with Irish songs and stories about literary greats from Ireland. We listened to more on the grounds of Trinity College.Then on to another pub. The time here was very short,20 minutes. Hard to really get up to the bar,get a drink and finish it before time to go. We did more literary stories and song then on to the third pub. Had time enough for a drink here. The last place we did not go into as a group. The tour ended outside there and we could go in if we wanted. The pubs we were shown were nice and I would certainly go to them again. This is a good tour to take at the start of your trip so you have time to go back and really enjoy the pubs that they introduce you to. The entertainment was great. Alot of fun and a pleasant way to spend an evening after dinner.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you for joining us COLM
Patricia_F, Aug 2022
Unexpected and wonderful….the guides were a perfect mix of smart and funny. Really got connected to writers and their reflection of Dublin.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you Patricia Colm
Second time was as good as the first time. Great fun!
Roger_C, Jul 2022
Tour leaders provide a great experience as the relate facts about authors, locations, general history and the culture. The "script" is both insiteful and humerous. You should plan on absorbing the little details so you'll be able to participate in the quiz at the end of the tour. Interestingly, in our group, the "winner" and "runner-up" (one of whom was in our family) found out they had lived streets apart years back.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks Roger Colm


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