Fancy yourself as a fun-loving intellectual?
Well, you can channel all of that energy at this Literary Pub Crawl, by combining two of Dublin’s trademarks: pints and poetry. (Featured image: The Duke)
This crawl will take you around a handful of Dublin pubs that hold significance in the literary sphere. And, of course, there’ll be pit stops at each of them to refuel on Guinness. You’ll be led by two actors who will greet you with a hearty song to kick off the lively tour — and your first port of call will be The Duke on Duke Street at 7.30pm sharp.
From here, an evening of good craic and live art commences, with the night becoming increasingly blurry. You’ll be inundated with quotes and tales of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Mary Levin, Paula Meehan and more.
Not much of a reader? Don’t worry, organisers encourage those who have sparse literary knowledge to join the group and learn about Dublin’s rich history. Four pubs will be visited during the crawl, each with their own unique tales and figureheads. A series of short plays, talks and songs will ensure that the literary pub crawl flies by.
And on top of this, a stop at Trinity College is always included, for a talk on Oscar Wilde and other writers around from the 1960s onwards.
The array of literary knowledge taught will be complemented by facts about Dublin’s other historical behemoth: the pub. The tour’s actors interweave facts about how pub culture in Dublin began, and just how important this was for the boom of writers to take off.
From April 1, the summer schedule for the literary pub crawl kicks off, and it will run every evening. Be sure to book your tickets in advance, though! Spots are limited and reportedly very high in demand.
So, for the many lovers of literature and beer, this a top choice of evening entertainment.