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Dublin, Ireland
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Discover Dublin’s rich literary heritage while absorbing the convivial ambience of traditional pubs on a literary pub crawl. Wander Dublin’s charming streets to visit sites and pubs that inspired some of the country’s most famous writers; enjoy refreshing pints of locally brewed ale and sample local specialties (own expense); and put your newfound knowledge to the test in a fun-filled literary quiz at the end of your tour. Delve into Dublin’s literary past and exciting pub culture with entertaining and informative actors during this enriching experience.
  • Literary Dublin pub crawl
  • Guided walking tour through Dublin’s literary past and pub culture
  • Visit historic pubs, share a drink and hear tales from Dublin’s literary folklore
  • Led by entertaining actors who bring the characters to life
  • Literary quiz with prizes
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Guided walking tour with local actors to four Dublin pubs
Literary Quiz with prizes for winners
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Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop off
9 Duke St , 9 Duke St, Dublin, Ireland

You will find us in the upstairs bar of The Duke Pub, 9 Duke Street. Just off Grafton

This activity will end right where it started.
Depart from the central location of Duke Street and embark upon an animated and entertaining journey to the sights and sounds that inspired revered Irish writers such as Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and W.B. Yeats. Begin with a refreshing pint at the Duke Pub and listen to hilarious stories of the writers’ artistic antics. 

Revel in the joyous atmosphere created by incredible actors as scenes sourced from canonical novels are recreated; learn about the lives of the talented artists while also gaining fascinating insight into the turbulent history of Ireland’s capital city; and see the influence modern and ancient authors have had on the architecture of the city.    

Conclude your tour with an immersive literary quiz to test your new found knowledge of Ireland’s literary past; seize victory in order to win some fantastic prizes before returning to Duke Street, where the tour concludes.
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Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
On this tour that's as educational as it is recreational, you'll embark on an animated and entertaining journey through the sights and sounds that inspired great Irish writers including James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, Brendan Behan, Sean O'Casey, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats - not forgetting modern scribes like Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Paula Meehan and Brendan Kennelly. Kicking off at the Duke Pub on Duke Street, this literary pub crawl will take you to famous pubs and haunts while actors recite verses from the best Irish literature. You can sink a pint while learning about the lives of these great writers and hear some of the hilarious stories that became folklore in Dublin's literary circles. PLEASE NOTE: During Covid we reserve the right to cancel tours at short notice due to lack of numbers attending.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 16 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Infant seats should be required at time of booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Dublin Literary Pub Crawl?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Dublin Literary Pub Crawl?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dublin Literary Pub Crawl?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Perhaps it was the time of year (early May), but as the evening went on and as more stops were outdoors, it got quite chilly and dark." See review
  • "Funny and informative - learn about the works of famous authors while stopping at fantastic pubs." See review

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star-5
Highly recommended!
Pamela_D
, Jul 2022
Frank and Finnbar were knowledgeable on Irish history, well-versed in the writings of the authors, and hysterically funny!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Pamela. Delighted you enjoyed the tour. Colm
star-5
A great way to spend an evening
Judith_S
, Jun 2022
Finn was an excellent presenter, clear humorous and knowledgeable . A great way to see thenDublin pubs and learn about its culture
star-5
Fun at the pub
john_c
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide had a very good knowledge of the area as well as Being able to quote a lot of the written works he made it a lot of fun
star-5
Entertaining show also...
Christina_K
, Jun 2022
Entertaining show also for people that do not know a lot abiut Irish literature. You have to be interested though. We learned sonething and had a lot of fun!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks Christin. Yes, do come along with an open mind. Thinking caps supplied. Colm
star-3
Don’t go solo
Trevor_W
, Jun 2022
I enjoyed the tour and the stories but the bar stops weren’t very fun while solo. I didn’t know about the stops when I signed up.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great thespian experience
Kyle_H
, Jun 2022
Great experience , entertained by a great knowledgeable actor and musician . Fab authentic experience with pub crawl
star-5
Gulp!
Ronald_E
, Jun 2022
Much fun! A nice evening out with fun facts! Well worth the money. A must do in Dublin. 4 bars and access to Trinity College.
star-5
Definitely worth it
Jesse_P
, Jun 2022
Fantastic time. Great stories, great pubs, great hosts. They brought Dublin's famous authors to life, had a great sense of humor, and made sure everyone had a good time.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks Jesse. You've summed it up perfectly. Colm
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Drink up!
Gries_P
, Jun 2022
This was a great activity for anyone that enjoys a few pints as well as hearing some interesting stories. Our pub crawl leader Frank was a very charismatic, and engaging story teller. I really enjoyed talking with him at our second and third pub stop. Super talented, and nice guy.
star-5
Worthwhile!
Niamh_M
, Jun 2022
Excellent tour. Very informative and engaging. The hosts were friendly, professional and knowledgeable and performed numerous parts of plays and poems. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Last night in Dublin!!
Carolyn_K
, Jun 2022
Entertaining & informative evening with Frank & Collin! Great chance to see the best pubs outside of Temple Bar area.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks Carolyn. Great to see you on the tour. Enjoy the book. Explore more great pubs therein! Colm
star-5
Some Amazing Storytelling!!
Taylor_R
, Jun 2022
This was an awesome experience! I visited Dublin for college research on Irish music and storytelling, so this pub crawl was right up my alley! The guides really get into it, and make the experience that much more enjoyable. Not only did I find good pubs to visit from this tour, I also learned things and had a night full of entertainment!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks Taylor. I appreciate your comments Colm
star-5
Literature, song, and beer: what more could you want?
Sarah_G
, Jun 2022
I’m a literature professor and have a fair amount of experience with Irish literature. I have to say that this was one of the best tours I’ve had. The guides were so knowledgeable and entertaining. And they brought you back in time in a way that was intelligent and fun. I so enjoyed it!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks Sarah for your kind comments. You played your part too. Actor. Author. Audience. Colm
star-5
Great Walking Tour!
Romelita_V
, Jun 2022
Love it! Great way to get your bearings in Dublin. Our guide, Colm was very informative and the whole experience was lots of fun.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks! I'm delighted you enjoyed the tour. Colm
star-5
My dad and I had a great...
Emily_G
, May 2022
My dad and I had a great time on this tour. Finbarr and Frank were amazing. I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Dublin as the city has a rich literary history and the pub crawl was a good way for us to see this all in our short time in Dublin.
star-5
Fantastic historical literature tour...with beer!
Amy_W
, May 2022
Amazing tour with amazing guides. I highly recommend this as a starter to a trip to Dublin city. Get the lay of the land and find some great pubs to revisit. Excellent.
star-5
Fun Literary Pub Crawl in Dublin
Kristen_B
, May 2022
Very fun literary pub crawl. Talented actors/guide and an excellent singer/guitarist. You will laugh a lot and learn a lot for sure! Duke’s is the first pub and is easy to find and has a great atmosphere. A stop at Trinity College follows, then three more pubs. The only downside is you have to drink up quickly in the bars since you since you move around every 20 minutes or so
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks Kristen. We like to keep it moving. But you can order a glass of beer (half pint) or a shot of Tullamore Dew. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. Colm
star-5
What a great way to start a Vacay!
Rita_P
, May 2022
What an incredible way to kick off my stay in Ireland. Educational, entertaining, drinking with friends you just met laughing singing ... oh what a perfect evening. So glad I came across this experience on viator site.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks Rita for your kind comments. Colm
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Don’t miss this tour.
Roxanne_W
, May 2022
Great Fun, and lots of interesting facts and fun stories! Highly recommend while in Dublin Ireland!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you! Colm
star-5
The generous spirit of Frank Smith and his superb knowledge and exciting presentation was outstanding.. I would love to
MaryAnne_E
, May 2022
The generous spirit of Frank Smith and his superb knowledge and exciting presentation was outstanding.. I would love to return and recommend it to Everyone . Loved my experience with the group and loved the evening
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks May. We really appreciate your comments Colm

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