Just off Grafton Street, Davy Byrnes is one of Dublin’s most famous pubs – references in Joyce’s Ulysses mean it is very much on the tourist circuit.

Despite all this fame it remains a genuine, well-run place and equally popular with Dubliners, who find it a handy meeting place and also enjoy the bar food.

The style is quite traditional, providing ‘a good feed’ at reasonable prices (most meals, with hearty vegetables, are under EUR15). Oysters with brown bread & butter, Irish stew, beef & Guinness pie and deep-fried plaice with tartare sauce are typical and there’s always a list of daily specials like sauteed lambs liver with bacon & mushroom sauce, pheasant in season – and, in deference to the Joycean connections, there’s also a Bloomsday Special (gorgonzola and burgundy).

Georgina Campbell, Ireland Guide