The Three Tun Tavern

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The Three Tun Tavern
1-5 Temple Road
Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock
Co. Dublin
Dublin
Co. Dublin
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+353 1 212 3644

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About this Pub
This pub opened on: 08 Jul 2014
Type: J D Wetherspoon

At the heart of the pub, the curvaceous oak bar reflects the essence of a tun – a large beer cask or barrel – while the interior design is based on the concept of ‘faded grandeur’, in homage to the grand houses of 18th-century Blackrock, many of which have since disappeared.Exposed brick walls and textured plaster sit side by side, with polished panelling and refined light fittings, creating a shifting visual landscape of modern and bygone eras.

A highlight of this aristocratic aesthetic is a ‘reading room’, with panelled ceiling and vintage books dedicated to Blackrock’s most famous author – James Joyce. Industrial elements, such as wall lights made from vintage handlebars, reflect the building’s mixed-use history as a cycle shop, among other ventures.

Pub History

The Three Tun Tavern opened on Tuesday 8 July, on the site of the former Tonic Bar, in Blackrock.

Until a few years ago, the Tonic Bar (previously The Missing Swan) had been three properties (numbers 1, 3 and 5 Temple Road). From the early 1900s until the late 1970s, number 3 had been the premises of a cycle fitter/agent. Number 1 Temple Road has been a bar since the 1950s/60s. In the 1980s, it was Cary’s Fort Bar, at the corner of Carysfort Avenue.

Eighteenth-century Blackrock was dominated by the grand houses and estates of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy. It was ‘celebrated for its immense consumption of claret and spirituous liquor’. Blackrock itself was a village comprising ‘a jumble of small houses, shops and a tavern’. 

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