In the midst of our new normal lockdown status, we stumbled upon an instagram page called Creatives Against COVID-19. Their premise was fairly straightforward:

  • Have people send in images, illustrations, photos, sketches, whatever you’re having yourself, under the the one brief: ‘Soon’.
  • Create and sell prints of the submitted artwork
  • Donate the money to Womens Aid & the ISPCC

Looking at the images trickling in on their feed, we were kicking a few ideas around of what we could submit and eventually put something together only to realise that we’d missed the submission deadline.

Thankfully though, after posting the image on Instagram, the folks behind the initiative got onto us and allowed us to make a late submission. So we did. Here it is below.

It’s available for sale over on the link listed below. So if you like the look of it, please consider purchasing it as the funds will go to two very worthy causes.

Dublin By Pub

Creatives Against Covid-19 called on the creative industry to design and donate inspiring posters to raise funds for vulnerable women and children during the current crisis. The result? Over 1,000 posters, from over 30 countries, were designed and submitted within 7 days.

And if you’re not into it, there are hundreds more prints on the Creatives Against COVID-19 website, many of them – far superior to out efforts.

Creatives Against Covid-19

Please note due to Covid-19 we can only ship to the following countries: Ireland, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, USA, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Luxembourg for now.

So since we last posted the entire world has changed. I don’t need to tell you about the coronavirus, you’re likely to be getting that from all angles. But for those of you who have been living under a rock, all pubs in Dublin, and Ireland have closed in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19.

It was last Thursday, the 12th of March that The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, announced the closure of schools, universities and other such public spaces and advised that we all needed to start engaging in social distancing. Queue panic buying and a large move to remote working for those who could.

In the following weekend it became quite apparent that pub-goers weren’t the best at the whole social distancing thing. And on the Saturday following the Taoiseach’s statement, and following a slew of videos from packed pubs that day and the night before, a movement aiming to dissuade pub-goers and would-be pub-goers from going to the pub began online under the hashtag #closethepubs. This was amplified when the Chief Medical Officer made mention of the issue in a press conference.

Pubs slowly began to close. The first we noticed was Peadar Browns, who announced on the Saturday morning that they felt it in the best interest to shut up shop. Then came Grogan’s, and Grogan’s being a pub that’s a little more known than Peadars, it cast a few fairly big ripples into the whole metaphorical pub closure ocean.

Realising that our social media reach to the pub-going public was more considerable than most, we thought it best to put something out through our active channels to push the message out further. So the graphic (pictured) was hastily put together, the ‘leave the pub now to get back to it quicker’ sentiment of it having come from Historian, podcaster and Grogan’s diehard, Donal Fallon in a conversation we had over DM on Instagram.



Shortly thereafter, we decided to start compiling a list of pubs that had made the difficult and repsonsible decision to close on a Twitter thread and then things sort of took off. More and more pubs began to announce closures and the tweet started to amass a decent amount of traction.

By Sunday morning, government were in the media stating that they would legislatively shut pubs if needs be and public pressure had shut the majority of pubs. A meeting was convened between government and the LVA and the VFI, the latter two being the main publican lobby groups in the country. Following this meeting, it was agreed that pubs would close to facilitate the tackling of the spread of COVID-19.

So no pubs on Paddy’s Day. A grim first, especially when considering the fact that the LVA spokesperson stated that some pubs may never reopen due to the financial upheaval caused by the closures. Devastating.

So that was that. All pubs closed. Then come Monday, I happened upon a New York Times article:

Last Orders… Ireland Closes All Pubs on Eve of St Patrick’s Day

DUBLIN – Ireland on Sunday said all bars in the country should close until at least the end of the month to curb the spread of coronavirus after videos of groups singing in packed Dublin venues sparked anger on social media.

The article, which is taken from Reuters and is duplicated on a number of other major publications including the Huffington Post and others across the world. The article, which reports on the pub closures, ends with the paragraph:

Twitter users praised the pubs that had closed voluntarily, with the DublinByPub.ie bar guide offering a list of responsible pubs “to go on the lash in when this is all over.”

So there you have it, I’ve officially added “got the phrase ‘go on the lash’ published in three major global publications” to my CV.

In the usual January reeling from all of December’s excesses, I have come to find comfort and solace in the near constant scrolling through the volumes of reviews that people have published on Google Maps relating to Dublin’s pubs. Common complaints tend to relate to food, service and toilet facilities, but amongst all these there lies a few gems. These are a few of the funnier of more interesting ones we found.


Is there anything worse than being out enjoying yourself, only for your evening to be ruined by that ignorant prick – Bruce Wayne?

Having never suffered with gout myself, I’m finding it hard to gauge the severity of this statement.

Am genuinely going to try this. Next Friday the 13th is in March.

*Goes to a pub called The Long Hall* . . .
*Complains about there being a long hall*

Disgusting!… But not at first!

Apparently the Belfast Agreement means that Gerry Adams is precluded from legislating for cheap pints.


This poor rugby fan has never had the concept of an early house explained to him it would seem..

A picture paints a thousand words.

Shoulda joined the madness.

A lot of energy in this one.

B.e.e.r

The Poor Cousin

After posting all of the above, someone sent us these ones over on Instagram.

Recently it was reported that An Garda Siochana had decided to notify the proprietors of John Kavanagh’s (AKA The Gravedigger’s) that they need to stop people from bringing their pints outside the pub and enjoying them on the green space to the front of the pub.

Gravediggers calls time on enjoying a pint outside – Independent.ie

One of the most famous pubs in Dublin has been told by gardai not to allow anyone to take drink or food outside its premises. Since 1833, Dubliners have long enjoyed drinking pints outside the iconic John Kavanagh’s bar in Glasnevin, more commonly known to Dubliners as The Gravediggers.

Now, personally, we’re more at home drinking our pints within the confines of the unadulterated perfection that is the bar in The Gravediggers, but when we saw this it just didn’t sit well with us. I mean, by all accounts this is a practice which has gone on for years with little or no major complaint. Along with this, there is no uniformed policing of this law across the city – so to single out The Gravedigger’s seems a bit unfair. And last but not least, how many actual days do we get in this sunforsaken city of ours that we’d be able to retire onto the green to have a few scoops.

So we decided to start a petition….

Sign the Petition

0 have signed. Let’s get to 2,500! It was recently reported in the news that Gardaí are to clamp down on the tradition of having a few pints outside Kavanagh’s (aka The Gravediggers) pub in Glasnevin.

Though, slow at first – the petition started to take off. Hundreds of signatures began to flow in and we even saw a bit of media attention.

Petition launched to repeal ban on pints outside Dublin’s most famous pub

A petition has been set up to repeal the ban on drinking outside one of Dublin’s most famous pubs. It was reported on Wednesday that Gardai had told the owners of Glasnevin watering hole, John Kavanagh’s ‘The Gravediggers’ that they could no longer let customers bring their pints outside.

Petition launched after gardai ban drinking outside one of Dublin’s iconic pubs | Buzz.ie

John Kavanagh in Glasnevin – better known as ‘The Gravediggers’ – is famous for its atmosphere, traditional food and absolutely cracking pints of Guinness. Located right next to Glasnevin Cemetery, Gravediggers draws a huge crowd of both locals and outsiders who flock to the historic pub to soak up some old-school Dublin charm, with the pub famed for having no singing, dancing or TVs.

Petition launched to allow drinking outside popular Dublin pub after Garda ban

A PETITION has been launched to repeal the ban on drinking outside iconic Gravediggers pub following public outcry. Gardai told the historic Glasnevin pub, John Kavanagh’s, also known as The Gravediggers, that they are not allowed to let punters to bring pints outside the premises.

So please do sign the petition if you’re with us and fed up with this nanny-stateism! It’s only a few pints sure.

We’re back on the tactile medium of physical paper again, this September. We’ve opted to detail our thoughts on Kimchi Hophouse this time around.

Do head out and grab yourself a copy!

Anyone heading off on their holliers in July? We’re thrilled to announce that Dublin By Pub is included as part of the Documenting Dublin feature of this month’s issue of the fantastic Aer Lingus inflight magazine, CARA.

Make sure to have a thumb through and give it a read if you’re lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere, or check it out here if you’re like us and will only get as far as the other side of the city for the month ahead.

Last week, we were delighted to chat to the charming Zara Hedderman who very kindly chose to feature us in this week’s Schweppes Culture Magazine on TheJournal.ie The link to the piece is included below. Feel free to give it a look.

‘Drinkable for under a fiver’: Dublin By Pub’s tongue-in-cheek Instagram reviews

The only guide you need to Dublin’s watering holes.

The summer issue of Irish Tatler Man is on the shelves of all good newsagents and we’re back between the pages speaking about Doyle’s on College St.

Grab a copy and have a read at what we had to say.

Last month Pintman №2 and I were delighted to be in the awesome surroundings of The Open Gate Brewery as we made DublinByPub’s first tentative steps onto an aural platform.

As part of their Open Gate Series, we joined the sound gang of lads from The Fine Ale Countdown podcast.

We had a good chat with the lads about all things pints and pubs and no doubt we managed to fit in a fair bit of nonsense too. Search it out on your podcast app of choice or follow this link to have a listen .

We’d like to thank The Fine Ale Countdown lads for having us on, and a big thanks to Alan and all the lads at the OGB who looked after us while we were in. You can read up on our thoughts on The Open Gate Brewery (which are based on a previous visit) Here.

We recently teamed up with Irish Tatler Men and are delighted to announce that they’ve allowed us some space in their fantastic magazine to wax lyrical about the pubs of the capital. We’ve written a few words on The Piper’s Corner for their current (Spring) edition.

 

The latest edition (as seen above) is out now and we’d love for you to pick it up and let us know what you think about Dublin By Pub’s first non-digital post.