located on Poolbeg Street, Dublin
2, is one of the oldest and most popular of Dublin City Centre's historic pubs.
Established in 1732, Mulligan's remains relatively unchanged since that time, retaining a rich interior and the unique original ceiling attracts many visitors. There is one bar and a lounge with heavy Victorian
furniture where the merchants from the local Corn Exchange used to banquet frequently.
The exterior of the pub still maintains its original vintage lettering on the windows and over the door. Mulligan's pint of Guinness
has been reputed to be one of the best in Dublin and has been enjoyed by many famous names, among them John F. Kennedy
, who stopped in as a regular in 1945 during his days working for the Hearst newspaper chain. Over the years, Mulligan's has been a favourite with journalists (the offices of two of the national newspapers are in the vicinity), and is also a favourite among students and artists.
Mulligan's was associated with the Theatre Royal
which was located across the street and its walls are decorated with posters and photographs of that period. In 1951 American
singing legend Judy Garland
(who had Dublin roots) and her manager husband Sid Luft
were frequent visitors chatting to locals and relaxing between shows. In addition to autographed photographs of Kennedy and Garland the walls boast showbills going back to the early 19th Century. Stars like Gracie Fields
, Slim Whitman
, Judy Garland
, Carmel Quinn
, Maureen O'Hara
, Nat King Cole
and Roy Rogers
all frequented Mulligan's when appearing in or visiting Dublin. Local heroes such as writer James Joyce
(Mulligan's features in his celebrated work; Ulysses
), Brendan Behan
, Jimmy Campbell, Jimmy O'Dea
, Peggy Dell
, Ruby Murray
, Joseph Locke
and Noel Purcell
figure in this pub's rich folklore.
A plaque commemorating "The Society For the Preservation of The Dublin Accent" that held their meetings in the Pub also graces the walls of this historic pub.