The Dubliner seems to be an institution in DC, but it wouldn’t really stand-out in Ireland. Since this is a global list, it seems hard to justify this inclusion.
In truth, the dive-bar Irish pub right next door was much more affable and relaxed and had a better beer selection AND live music too.
On a summer night such as on my visit, the expansive outdoor seating is a boon, and the close proximity to the station adds to the appealing location, especially for a swift half between trains or a first port of call after a long journey. I imagine it is popular with the suited 5-o-Clock-finisher’s from the surrounding downtown offices.
The interior is split into two: restaurant and bar, the latter of which offers a long row of stools, sports on tv and attentive bar staff to help you while away some hours. But so does next door.
Nothing extraordinary for Ireland, but a real good effort for the States.
Very decent Guinness for this side of the pond, but a very limited selection otherwise.
From an American history perspective, perhaps. But not for the beer.