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John Kavanagh - The Gravediggers

Irish, Bar, Pub
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1 Prospect Square | Prospect Square, Glasnevin, Dublin D09 CF72, Ireland
+353 87 296 3713
10:30 - 23:30
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Sun 12:30 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 10:30 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 00:00
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El Sobrante, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here in search of an honest Irish experience and were thrilled to find great food and a great pint of Guinness. WARNING: THEY only take cash.....we had to walk up the street about 5 minutes to an ATM but weren't going to miss our chance because of a little inconvenience. Friendly vibe.

Thank BJS1975
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This famous Dublin hostillary is a must for anyone visiting the city. The service is quick and efficient but it is the tapas that star of the show. Its great food and i paricularly recommend the fish cakes and fried halloumi cheese. The bar is a traditional irish bar with no tv, no music - just chat. Only quibble is... More 

Thank Claire L
Alfreda31, Social Media Content/Other at John Kavanagh - The Gravediggers, responded to this review

Hi there We are delighted you enjoyed your time with us, we will check up on the wine issue as although we serve a small selection of wine by the glass it's the same in the Bar as the Lounge? So we'll look into that hopefully on your next visit you'll stay for more. Our Tapas are served in the... More 

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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was fortunate to visit this lovely pub twice during my recent visit to Dublin. The first visit I stayed on the bar side of the pub. As a solo traveler, I was delighted to find the staff and patrons to be very friendly and engaging. The Guiness was poured with care and was outstanding. (I had heard that Gravediggers... More 

1 Thank Amy Jean B
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it was like walking i nto a western movie, very old-world. All the original furniture and fittings. Looked great! Best pint of guinness I've ever tasted...only right I got two of them. Also the cheapest as far as Dublin goes

1 Thank Claire L
Alfreda31, Social Media /Other at John Kavanagh - The Gravediggers, responded to this review

Hi there we're delighted you found us tucked away in the shadow of Glasnevin Cemetery's big Old Gate. We pride ourselves on serving a good product at good value, something the Kavanagh family have been doing for over seven generations since 1833, this pub from the era of The Sailor King is a no nonsense workingman's bar. Delighted you appreciated... More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went to this pub after it being recommended to me from a bartender in the hotel I was staying in and he hyped it up to be one of if not the best bar in Ireland and I have to say he was not wrong. The feel of walking into the bar is something special you just can't explain... More 

Thank hoppernolan
Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we stopped in for a drink after our tour. We felt like we belonged there. Everyone was friendly. There were three dogs in the pub and no one seemed to care. This pub is near Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. If you visit Glasnevin Museum, then stop in for a pint of Guinness.

1 Thank Dawn L
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice selection of well priced tapas in the lounge. Warm quaint little pub with great staff and full of atmosphere. It's well worth a visit. Tapas may sound like a strange offering in such a traditional style pub but it works because the atmosphere is so chill

Thank Debbie H
Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by on a rainy day for some food and beers but they were done serving food for the day so we sat and enjoyed a couple of cold beers. It's very much a locals bar but the bartender was very nice to us. It wasn't a loud rowdy place, even though I'm sure it's very lively when it... More 

Thank MariaTravelsMucho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

If there is a pub with friendlier staff, better value food and old worldy charm I'd like to hear about it. No noise from any electrical source and excellent pints of Guinness. There is a heaven !

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Alfreda31, Social Media/Other content at John Kavanagh - The Gravediggers, responded to this review

Hi Joe Thanks so much we are pretty old school and plan to keep it that way. We are delighted that you understand the way we work, good service, good product, good value. Although it seems with each good review on TA we are further down the list? Must be an 'algorithm' Thanks again we do believe in #heaveninglasnevin. Lunch... More 

Dublin, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This pub/restaurant offers amazing hospitality. Staff particularly Ann are very attentive and ensure your experience in this legendary establishment is memorable. Well done .....

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 3 - USD 11
Irish, Bar, Pub
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:30
10:30 - 23:30
10:30 - 23:30
10:30 - 23:30
10:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Prospect Square | Prospect Square, Glasnevin, Dublin D09 CF72, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin
  • Phone Number: +353 87 296 3713
LUNCH (soup/sandwiches)MONDAY to FRIDAY:12noon-3pm. EVENING TAPAS TUESDAY to SATURDAY 6pm-8.30pm.(NO FOOD ON SUNDAYS OR BANK HOLIDAYS) Food is made fresh on the day each day and served in The Lounge only. We don't take bookings or large groups. We have no credit or debit card facilities cash only. We do offer great food at great value in one of Dublin's best kept secrets. Please ask for Ciaran Kavanagh for all food queries. Please note we are a Public House not a restaurant

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