Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Grafton Street, this is an excellent location. It is a smallish pub with a comfortable atmosphere. Pints are nice and reasonably priced. The serivce is very good. It is a frequent haunting spot for Irish poets and scholars which lends to it's bohemiam atmosphere. The downstairs bar is quite small and usually fills out quickly, there is also a small snug area downstairs. Upstairs you can find the lounge which is usually bustling with activity over the weekend. The sound of conversation fills the air and it is generally very lively. Watch out for the wooden panels covering the walls as they can be knocked in and you may end up feeling embarrassed. Overall, this is a good pub for a couple of pints with mates any night of the week.
Methinks that the "no fireworks in here..."review was written by one of the barstaff.......Many were the days and nights when fireworks were needed to quell the noise. Don't let Martin's review put you off...Neary's 'pasteur' is well worth getting green in.
Dave,Martin,Paddy and John make this pub a must for any serious drinker. The cold lunches served are perfect companions for the top drawer pints, and the very mixed crowd. Many were the days I'd open it and more often than not, close it. God be with the days......Anyway,it draws in some of the best folk Dublin has to offer and I miss it dearly.
Used to work in Dublin back in '98 and Nearys was the place I spent my last hours in Dublin in - right after my colleagues told me to get drunk before getting to the airport... and that's what I did in style. instantly fell in love with this place, though I spent most of the days and nights before in the 51.
I always make a dash for Neary's while in Dublin. Excellent pint, no TV, juke box, games or any silly stuff. Just good conversation with whoever happens to be there. Last visit was Christmas Eve 2005. Thanks to new smoking restrictions the atmosphere on the street outside was as good at it gets.
A nice quiet pub, unusual to find one in city centre, but don't expect fireworks in here. A nice place to meet up early in the evening before going on to other pastures. But don't expect any fireworks in here !.
I made a week trip with some fellow American Soldiers to Dublin in Summer of 1967. I had read about the Pubs where there were no women allowed and Neary"s was mentioned in the article. It was a rustic and beautiful bar with some sandwiches on the counter and great beers, and a snub window for the women to order in the wall. We loved every minute of it. I have since married a girl from Cabra, Dublin and we are returning to visit next year.
I had walked past Nearys several times in recent years but I had never been inspired to venture in. This year on my annual November visit to Dublin, I was staying nearby so I gave it a try. What I found was a bar that was almost stuck in a seventies timewarp, very reminiscent of an English pub from the days when they had lounge bars. There was nothing wrong with the place but there was not a great deal to make you think that you would want to go back. It was clean and comfortable, the sort of place to go to for a quiet drink where you would not have to fight your way to the bar and you would be able to get a seat. It is the sort of place that you could take your elderley parents to and know that they would approve. That more or less sums the place up. The pint was pretty ordinary but about 10 cents more than other better pubs locally. If you like a pub where the barman serves you and doesn't try to strike up a conversation then this is the place for you.
Personally, I love this pub. There is an air of affluence in here. Unless you are sitting near the door to the gents then the air is a bit different. Some nice comfortable chairs. Guinness is good but the bar staff can be a bit unfriendly. Also it's one of the most expensive pints you'll get. There's a lounge bar upstairs but I'd stick to the downstairs bar as it's closer to the jacks unless you're a girl?? Pub for the more mature.