An institution since 1899, Dick Mack’s is nothing short of legendary, plain and simple. Before I even visited Dingle I knew many stories of this iconic pub. If you visit Dingle you have to visit Dick Mack’s, and it seems everyone is aware of this as the moment I stepped foot in the door a large crowd had gathered inside.
It seemed that commiserations were in order following Dingle’s loss in the GAA county final, and we didn’t hesitate in joining the locals drowning their sorrows. We stopped by on a sunny Sunday afternoon and managed to grab of on the pub’s cosy snugs.
Now it the fourth generation of the family, Dick Mack’s still retains its old world charm that attracts both locals and visitors alike since 1899. Inside you’ll find a wall of whiskey on one side and a leather shop on the other. Still in use, the leather shop comes from a time when pubs had to be more than just a boozer to make their bread and butter. Hardware shops, leather making and even undertakers, Irish pubs did it all.
Outside Dick Mack’s you will find Dingle’s very own “Walk of Fame”, that first came to be when filming of the hit film Ryan’s Daughter began in the town.
In the courtyard to the rear of the pub, you’ll find Dick Mack’s Brewhouse, a relatively new venture from Finn MacDonnell, whose family have owned the pub since its opening, and two friends. Although the brewery is a separate business they, supply the pub with some of their award-winning tipples. Recently the pub took home the prestigious accolade of Best Irish Whiskey Bar in Munster Best Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year at The Irish Whiskey Awards 2018.
As a girl who likes her Guinness, I was intrigued by Dick Mack’s Coffee Stout. A rich blend of two of my favourite beverages, it was a must try. This dreamy drink won a gold medal at the Blas na hEireann awards and it’s no wonder why. Its rich stout flavour is perfectly blended with cold brew coffee, sourced from the pub’s neighbouring coffee shop, Bean in Dingle.
Up next was another Blas na hEireann gold medal winner, Dick Mack’s IPA. This light and refreshing beer was easy to drink and would be the perfect beverage to sip on a sunny day. For whiskey lovers, you will be in heaven as behind the bar the shelves are full to the brim with bottles of liquid gold.
So, does Dick Mack’s live up to the hype? The answer is yes, without a doubt. As you cross the threshold, step back in time and allow yourself to imagine the stories and songs that the pub has been home to. If you manage to grab a seat in this busy spot, my advice is to turn off your phones and relish in the art of conversation as you nurse your preferred pint, pour or glass.
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REVIEW BY SINÉAD SMYTH