Meals and Mealtimes
In 2004, the Republic of Ireland became the first European country to ban smoking in all pubs and restaurants. Northern Ireland followed in 2007.
Breakfast is served from 7 to 10, lunch runs from 12:30 to 2:30, and dinners are usually midevening occasions. Unless otherwise noted, the restaurants listed here are open daily for lunch and dinner.
Pubs are generally open Monday and Tuesday 10:30 am–11:30 pm and Wednesday–Saturday 10:30 am–12:30 am. On Sunday, pubs are open 12:30 pm–11 pm or later on certain Sundays. All pubs close on Christmas Day and Good Friday, but hotel bars are open for guests.
Pubs in Northern Ireland are open 11:30 am–11 pm Monday–Saturday and 12:30 pm–2:30 pm and 7 pm–10 pm on Sunday (note that Sunday openings are at the owner's or manager's discretion).
Reservations and Dress
Regardless of where you are, it's a good idea to make a reservation if you can. In some places, it's expected. We mention them specifically only when reservations are essential (there's no other way to get a table) or when they are not accepted. For popular restaurants, book as far ahead as you can (often 30 days), and reconfirm as soon as you arrive. (Large parties should always call ahead to check the reservations policy.) We mention dress only when men are required to wear a jacket or a jacket and tie.
Wines, Beer, and Spirits
All types of alcoholic beverages are available in Ireland. Beer and wine are sold in shops and supermarkets, and you can get drinks "to go" at some bars, although at inflated prices. Stout (Guinness, Murphy's, Beamish) is the Irish beer; whiskey comes in many brands, the most notable being Bushmills and Jameson, and is smoother than Scotch.