Since 1988 the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl has been rambling the streets of the capital and bringing the literary history of Dublin to life. Professional actors tell you the story of the gin palace, the long hall and the spirit grocer, while quoting live from the works of Joyce, Behan, Wilde and many more. The tour is a form of street theatre, allowing the audience to stand right beside the actors and experience the language live on the streets of the city where it was born. No props, no make-up. Just the actor within prompting distance of the audience. 

Winner of a Living Dublin Award: sponsored by Dublin City Council.
Top 10 Literary walks of the  world:
Ranked # 2.

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The Story of Dublin pubs and the writers they served

by Colm Quilligan

Fourth Edition 2017
First published 2008 by
Copyright © Colm Quilligan, 2008

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Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

OUR HISTORY At one time Dublin had over 3000 pubs where locals could indulge in their favourite tipple. Pubs were places where ordinary ‘Dubs’ could gather, away from the tenements, the screaming children and dire poverty.

The pub provided warmth and atmosphere for men to drink cheaply and deaden the hunger in their bellies. As time passed laws were enacted to control the number of pubs in the city. Today, Dublin has about 850 licenced premises, each with its own style and particular clientele. Perhaps most famous is the ‘literary pub’.

Founded in 1988, this fun-filled pub crawl is a unique way to experience the city’s pub culture and hear about Dublin’s famous literary sons and daughters. Rank #4: The World’s 50 Best Walks by the Sunday Times. The tour includes special evening entrance to Trinity College and the legendary literary quiz. So bring a thinking cap.

“…No city is as rich in pubs and poetry as Dublin, and this tour is a genius amalgam of both

“A two and a half hour crawl with Wilde, Joyce, Behan and Beckett. The tour visits four ‘Publin’ watering holes, allowing time for internal lubrication between comic cuts of the writers’ work…” THE SUNDAY TIMES.