Located in Glencullen, Co Dublin Johnnie Fox’s is one of the most famous pubs in the Dublin area – and it definitely lives up to its reputation
Known as the highest pub in Ireland, Johnnie Fox’s is located in the Dublin mountains, about an hour driving away from the city centre. But don’t let the distance put you off – visiting this place is absolutely an amazing chance to see the city from above, even if you have to walk all the way to it!
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Johnnie Fox’s is not just a pub – it’s a pub, a restaurant, a live music venue, a museum, and a comedy show all under the one roof! It is the sheer abundance of detail that is amazing about the place. You can spend literally hours walking around the pub, studying the various objects and reading messages that were left here by various guests, which include politicians from all over the world, famous musicians, actors, and sports stars.
For example, in one corner you may see a beautiful stuffed fox, in another – a collection of 18th-century pistols – and a little bit further on you find an extremely lovely fireplace with a collection of porcelain dolls around it. Just beside the front door, there is a basket with a blanket for smokers who go outside to have a cigarette. And besides the bar, there is a statue of a customer who seems like he went in for a pint and never left.
Exploring the place is really funny as you always stumble upon little plaques with Irish sayings such as “Hard work never hurt anyone, but why take the chance?” or “I don’t wear glasses, I empty them”.
If it is food you want, there is a variety of menus with such local favourites as Irish stew, Dublin coddle and seafood chowder (there are also Italian and other European dishes). The bar has live shows of traditional Irish music and dance every night.
Outside of Johnnie Fox’s is another museum with many vintage cars and old agricultural equipment as well as some quaint and funny artefacts like “the weather stone”.
The pub is open from 11 am to 11:30 pm (00:30 on Saturdays). Live music starts at 9:30 pm every day (Sundays from 6:30 pm). There is also another live show on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.
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