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This is a serious contender for the coveted title of “oldest pub in Ireland,” having served the locals continually since at least 1661 (although an alehouse was reputedly on the same spot for hundreds of years before that—they claim 1198 as the foundation date, and who’s to argue?). It was once a hangout for Irish revolutionaries, and Joyce mentioned the place in Ulysses, although today it’s more famous for lively traditional music sessions. Every night features a different act; worthies who’ve played here include Van Morrison, Tom Jones, and Garth Brooks.  Reservations are a good idea on weekends.