An exuberant live show of traditional music and dancing accompanies dinner at this hugely popular pub in Rathfarnham, one of Dublin’s farther-flung southern suburbs. Admittedly it’s all very touristy, but you certainly get your money’s worth—the show runs for 2 hours, and the menu, while limited, is actually pretty good. Expect plates of beef braised in Guinness and served with roasted root vegetables, or scampi cooked in tempura batter, served with chips (thick fries). The only real drawback is the time it takes to get here (Rathfarnham is about 6km/3[bf]3/4 miles from the city center), although a dedicated minibus will deliver you there and back to the city for a bargain round-trip price of €9.
The Merry Ploughboy
Edmondstown Rd., Rockbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
Our Rating Neighborhood South of Dublin Hours Daily dinner arrive 6:30–7pm; show 8–10pm. Bar food: Mon–Sat 12:30–9:30pm, Sun 12:30–8pm Transportation Special bus serves 6 locations in central Dublin (€9 per person; must be prebooked) Phone 01/493-1495 Prices Dinner and show €50. Bar menu €5–€22 Cuisine Type Irish/Pub Web site The Merry Ploughboy
MapEdmondstown Rd., Rockbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 Dublin
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