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13. Irish pub
The Long Hall, Dublin, Ireland
One of the oldest pubs in Dublin, this one on George’s Street began serving pints in 1766, just seven years after Arthur Guinness began brewing at St James’ Gate. Last year, The Long Hall celebrated 250 years of pulling pints. It’s a calm place, even on a Saturday night. Try it on a mid-week afternoon and you can lose hours to your own imagination. Décor-wise, think handcrafted wood carvings, bevelled glass and exquisite fittings.
Unusually for a Victorian bar, it boasts plenty of mirrors, partly to create the illusion of a bigger space, but also to poke fun at the conservatism of Victorian-era values.