Eating Out

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Eating Out

Meals and Mealtimes

Unless otherwise noted, the restaurants listed here are open daily for lunch and dinner.

No longer will you "enjoy" your favorite tipple in the blue haze of a smoke-filled pub. The Republic of Ireland became the first European country to ban smoking in all pubs and restaurants in March 2004. A smoking ban was introduced in Northern Ireland in 2007.

Breakfast is served from 7 to 10, lunch runs from 12:30 to 2:30, and dinners are usually midevening occasions.

Pubs are generally open Monday and Tuesday 10:30 am-11:30 pm and Wednesday-Saturday 10:30 am-12:30 am. On Sunday, pubs are open 12:30 pm-11 pm or later on certain Sundays. All pubs close on Christmas Day and Good Friday, but hotel bars are open for guests.

Pubs in Northern Ireland are open 11:30 am-11 pm Monday-Saturday and 12:30 pm-2:30 pm and 7 pm-10 pm on Sunday (note that Sunday openings are at the owner's or manager's discretion).

Paying

Traveler's checks and credit cards are widely accepted, although it's cash-only at smaller pubs and takeout restaurants. Prices in the reviews are the average cost of a main course at dinner or, if dinner is not served, at lunch.

Reservations and Dress

Regardless of where you are, it's a good idea to make a reservation if you can. In some places, it's expected. We mention them specifically only when reservations are essential (there's no other way you'll ever get a table) or when they are not accepted. For popular restaurants, book as far ahead as you can (often 30 days), and reconfirm as soon as you arrive. (Large parties should always call ahead to check the reservations policy.) We mention dress only when men are required to wear a jacket or a jacket and tie.

Wines, Beer, and Spirits

All types of alcoholic beverages are available in Ireland. Beer and wine are sold in shops and supermarkets, and you can get drinks "to go" at some bars, although at inflated prices. Stout (Guinness, Murphy's, Beamish) is the Irish beer; whiskey comes in many brands, the most notable being Bushmills and Jameson, and is smoother than Scotch.

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