Party Earth Review The area around Puerta del Sol definitely isn’t short on Irish bars, and that fact is probably most evident at Dubliners, which happens to have a twin brother named O’Connell St. – run by the same owner – located right... ... read full review
Calle de Espoz y Mina, 7
1, 2, 3 Lines: Sol
91 522 75 09
M–Th, Su 11am–3am, F–Sa 11am–3:30am
Sol (El Centro), Madrid –
The area around Puerta del Sol definitely isn’t short on Irish bars, and that fact is probably most evident at Dubliners, which happens to have a twin brother named O’Connell St. – run by the same owner – located right next door.
Thanks to its location on a heavily touristed stretch of Calle Espoz y Mina, patrons will find a wealth of English speakers drinking inside, from rowdy Irish expats to sports-loving backpackers to lots of young Madrileños practicing their ingles over pints of Guinness.
The cozy single-room joint goes with a standard décor familiar to any frequenter of Irish pubs, its dark wood and cream-colored walls dotted with portraits of the homeland, beer logos, and Gaelic crests, but most folks are probably more interested in regular specials like the €12 beer buckets, teeth-dissolving sangria pitchers, and hearty grub to help coat the stomach for another round.
Guests can expect a packed house if a big soccer or rugby match is on the large projection screen – which also tunes in American football and basketball games – and a raucous crowd of twentysomethings most nights that regularly turn the open space between scattered tables into an improvised dance floor.
Definitely not a place for romantic escapades or finely crafted drinks, but for anyone in the mood for a touristy hangout that still manages to be friendly to their wallet, it’s hard to beat Dubliners.
College kids, Irish expats, wayward backpackers, rowdy bar-hoppers, sports fans, unpretentious locals looking to party, 20s to mid-30s.
Mostly current pop hits on the soundtrack. Occasional live bands. Projection screen usually tuned to soccer, rugby, American football, and basketball.
Typical pub food including burgers, fries, nachos, and wings.
Menu €4–€8. Beer and large cocktails €2–€7. Discount tickets offering various drink specials are often available right outside the door.
The beauty of Irish bars is that they cater to visitors rather than locals, which means there’s a lot of traffic just about any night, with the biggest crowds Thursdays through Saturdays.