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The Stag's Head, Dame Lane, Dublin

By rareAdmin, Thursday, 16th September 2021 | 1 comments
Filed under: Irish Pub Reviews.

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The Stags Head. Located through a narrow passageway off Dame Street or through Exchequer Street or Georges Street. Housed in a sturdy redbrick building with impressive marble columns that have supported many a punter leaving worse for wear over the years.

The pub has existed on this site since the 1770s. The premises first attained fame in the 1830s as "John Bull’s Albion Hotel and Tavern". One of the most popular premises of the age. The Stags Head really came into its own after being taken over by George Tyson who arrived in Ireland in the 1870s to establish a thriving Menswear business in Grafton Street. He acquired this premises in the early 1890s and commissioned a leading Dublin architect to build Dublins most advanced and distinctive Victorian pub and the first in the Capital to enjoy electric light. The new creation opened its doors to the Dublin public in May 1894 amid majestic fanfare and distinguished patronage and respected members of contemporary Victorian society. Tysons name is still to be seen on the large clock on the outside of the building.

When you enter old world values confront you. Everything here is of authentic Victorian origin. A mahogany bar capped with red Connemara marble following the classic Victorian architectural pattern, long and punctuated by partitions. Ornate stained glass and lamp fittings are everywhere, all embossed with the stamp of the Stags Head. A lovely spot is the little parlour lounge discreetly situated behind the main bar, in former times this area served as a fashionable Victorian smoking room. A stuffed fox takes pride of place in the groundfloor snug (known by the locals as the "Stag's Arse"), while a large Stag's Head decorates the main bar.

The bar aims to be all things to all patrons. In the basement during the summer months, trad bands belt out to the delight of visiting tourists on bar stools, while the ground floor is your typical bar atmosphere. There, you will find the stag's head itself above the ornate bar where you can sup a Guinness and put the world to rights. Upstairs has the feel of a private members club, with red leather seats and big picture windows that look down to the street below.

The clientele is a diverse mixture of students, tourists, business people, couples, shoppers...just about every demographic. Visiting the Stag’s Head is always a good experience. Cosy, warm and glowing at night time and during the day wafts of sunlight filter through the stained glass windows. The pints are good, staff are on the ball, dark wood, sunken seats and a mysterious old air. Simply lovely.