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Barnaculli­a, Sandyford, Dublin 18 Tel: (01) 216 0487 thebluelig­

For over 300 years, The Blue Light has been a beacon for those in search of music and craic at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. Built from hand-cut stone, boasting one of the best views of the city beyond, and warmed by cosy, roaring open turf res, there’s plenty to recommend this authentic example of an Irish pub – not least the welcoming clientele and staff.

The pub was named for the ship’s lantern out front, which was once used to signal to smugglers that it was safe to bring their contraband spirits ashore, and to notify locals that the party was about to begin. You won’t go hungry with their hearty bar-food and the pizzas served at the weekends. In addition, they’re fully stocked with ne Irish whiskey and a superb range of craft beers from local breweries.

There’s also music seven nights a week, including bluegrass, folk and trad sessions, guest musicians, and music in the courtyard on Sundays. Thursday nights at The Blue Light, meanwhile, have been taken over by a hugely popular residency from The Receipts (See page 28). So, whether you’re in for a quiet pint, getting involved in a sing-song, or hammering out a tune on the pub’s piano (a gift from U2), craic is guaranteed at The Blue Light.

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