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Kehoe's, Dublin

9 S. Anne Street
Ireland 2
Tel: 353 1 677 8312's insider take:

Kehoe's is one of the dozen or so original 19th-century Irish pubs that remain in Dublin. The interconnecting rooms, chin-wagging snugs, and cozy lounges remain exactly as they were in generations past. The pub squeezes into the rooms of what once was a house, and upstairs, especially, it feels like you are in someone's bedroom. Things get particularly sardinelike on weekends (watch your head on the way to the gents), but that's all part of the process. A pricey change of hands in the 1990s led The Dubliner magazine to call it "an old man's bar for the kids," but look around…at the wooden counters, the settling pints, the humming conversation. Leopold Bloom would have approved.—Pól Ó Conghaile

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