Don’t believe us, Sky Sports thought enough of us to film their Ryder Cup ad in Ryans… and here’s some words from pundits and punters:

“Long, dark and narrow inside, with a soundtrack of classic rock n’ roll standards, Frank Ryan’s is the kind of place where it always feels like midnight. Part traditional Dublin pub, part New York dive bar, the place is festooned with old posters, photos, music memorabilia and assorted tat, ranging from the fascinating to the downright bizarre.” – “10 rockin’ Rock ‘n Roll bars in Europe!”, September 2012.

“…a pool table at the rear tells you this is the kind of boozer that likes to let its hair down and doesn’t stand on ceremony – it’s one of those bars with the potential to become a home for layabout scholars… if you’re seeking refuge from the trendy specked hipsters at Smithfield but don’t fancy trudging all the way into town, here’s just the antidote you need, a cool quirky little spot.”

Ed Power, Irish Independent, September 2003.

“…we particularly like Frank Ryan’s in Smithfield…”

The Dubliner Summer Annual, 2009

“The drink and toasties are good and the atmosphere is without equal. 5/5″

Pubspy, Sunday World.

“For a reminder of the way things were, there will always be Frank Ryans…”

Barfly, Irish Independent, 23/11/07.

“Dive bar worth shedding light on – well worth a visit…”

George Byrne, Herald AM, 20/04/06.


Jul 2, 2009 at 8:08 pm

And the best pint of Guinness in Dublin to boot!

Jul 12, 2009 at 1:48 pm

one of the last few pubs with a real landlord (Tadgh) not a plastic manager type

Aug 7, 2009 at 9:13 am

That’s a grand aul square pool table at the top of the page wha?

Aug 31, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Best pub in the world…best Guinness, best punters, best atmosphere,best music, best owner and best Guinness and the Guinness is great too.

Sep 7, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Best pub in the city without a doubt. Can’t go wrong with the large bottles of Guinness and McArdles in the fridge either. My second home!

Sep 9, 2009 at 8:26 am

Friendly warm place with great atmoshere & good drinks, can’t go wrong choosing Ryans!

Jan 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Great pub, wish i was in Smithfield Dublin again. Hope to come back soon.
Greetings from the Netherlands

Feb 4, 2010 at 7:38 pm

The Best Bar in Dublin!
Excellent People!
Great Times!
Good Music!

And of course drink….! Oh…. it makes you feel so… Super!!!

We need more good looking girls!

Feb 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm

I will allways remember this pub
frank and norah I miss you

John G Cahill
Mar 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Cosy old world bar with atmosphere, Excellent LandLord, I enjoy my visits to Dublin, all the more enjoyable for Frank Ryans

Jan 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Thanks for a great night last night bringing in 2011 x
So many baby guinnesses!

kevin tracey
Apr 22, 2011 at 9:10 am

hi tadhg,
how’sshe cutting?Remember me from a past life?(BIM)
Living in Germany now,hope to drop in and see ya when in DUB. sometime.
How’s the muff divers?

Sep 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Best place for pool lovers,Monday night are always good for a killer pool game, God damn, the Chinese lad working there so hard to beat on pool table, he’s true pool legend!

Sep 7, 2011 at 10:45 am

Ahhh, be that as it may, try him on the darts… that’s a completely different story! ;-)

Sep 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Big s***e!!!! Mark is best of the s**te !!!

[Editors note: an insight into the sharp and clever wit that is bandied about the bar. No doubt it will all be settled in a gentlemanly way over the pool table. Queensbury rules 'n' all.]

Sep 23, 2011 at 5:25 am

monday nite in ryans is brill , especially wen de chinese lad starts doing his magic tricks , houdini wud b turning in his grave lol

Nov 15, 2011 at 8:13 pm

hey hunki would love to get you on the pool table xxx

Nov 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Hey mark thanks for a brilliant nite it was the best Ever omg the sex was amazing xxxx



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