Also known as Hedigans, The Brian Boru is a lovely traditional pub that has lost none of its charm. Handy to the nearby Botanic Gardens, you’ll notice a pleasingly classical facade – and it’s deceptive, as you will find a surprisingly big place inside.
Over the years it has extended into next door, added a bright conservatory and they run whole schedule of evening entertainment - yet you’ll still find old style service, a warm welcome and a cosy bar that hasn’t been overwhelmed by flatscreen TVs.
Food is served daily and the extensive menu sees this Glasnevin favourite straying into gastropub territory. A two/three-course dinner menu for €17.50/20.50 including a glass of wine offers excellent value, while the more extensive à la carte might include chicken satay and curry alongside pub favourites like beef and Guinness stew and their excellent beer battered fish and handcut chips with minted pea purée and homemade tartare sauce.
You’ll also find a selection of thoughtful salads like Cashel Blue, walnut and apple that packs great flavours and textures. Hamburgers come dressed several ways and are filling, flavoursome and worth a detour, especially if you’ve worked up an appetite at the Botanic Gardens.
A modest selection of wines is trumped by a wider section of beers and stout.
Sunday lunch is especially popular when locals come for the tasty roasts, generous portions, and relaxed ambience.
Food is served daily until 9pm, but you’ll need to order dessert earlier if you want to be sure the kitchen hasn’t closed up.