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Looking for a cosy pint by a crackling fire? Look no further. We have the insider’s list of the 5 best Irish pubs for a cold winter’s evening, including some you might not have heard of!

1. Johnnie Fox’s Pub, Glencullen

The number one winter hideaway in Dublin. There is no better way to spend a cold irish afternoon than escaping the city and heading for the hills, to the highest pub in Ireland. Snuggle up in front of your choice of 3 roaring fires and sip one of the best Irish Coffees in Ireland, or a perfect pint of Guinness. If you’re feeling adventurous we recommend a walk in the area to work up an appetite for a bowl of delicious, warming seafood chowder or Irish stew. Perfect!

2. The Harbour Bar, Bray

A gem of a bar in the seaside town of Bray, where the welcome is as warm as the glowing fires. Brave the seafront promenade for a brisk walk and then settle into a comfy armchair in front of the huge fire for the rest of the day. They even do a good toastie. Sorted!

3. The Library Bar, Exchequer Street

A city center pub that exudes warmth and sophistication. Located on the first floor of the Central Hotel, it feels like a bit of a secret, and maybe a bar from another era. A lovely fire in the drawing room, good staff and table service.

4. The Lord Edward, Lord Edward St

Head upstairs to the lounge (only open Thursday-Sunday evenings) for a pint in what feels like your grandparents sitting room. Carpeted floors and a warm fire make for extreme cosy-ness. No music (unless the bluegrass singers show up) just good conversation and great Guinness.

5. Arthur’s Pub, Thomas St.

A great stop for those heading to explore the Guinness Storehouse. 2 great big fires, a full menu, and Jazz music a few nights a week. A nice twist on the classic Irish pub.

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