The Ha’penny Bridge Inn has been in continuous use as a Public House since the middle of the 19th Century. The building originally dates from 1732, but has existed, relatively unchanged since 1825 when the current incarnation of Wellington Quay was completed.
The Ha’penny Bridge, built in 1816 was originally called the Iron Bridge, but the name slowly evolved as it was a toll bridge which charged the princely sum of one halfpenny to cross the Liffey. The pub offers some of the best views in the city of this historical landmark in the centre of Dublin.
In the early 20th Century the pub became “Murray’s” and was eventually taken over by Josef Locke the renowned Irish Tenor and subject of the film “Hear my Song” who not only owned the pub, but resided in the apartment upstairs for most of the 1960’s. It was also a popular spot visited frequently by Phil Lynnott and his bandmates from Thin Lizzy in their formative years. The pub was then acquired by Jim Moran. In 1989 it was acquired by Michael Ryan from Tipperary who, along with his family runs it to this day.
The Ha’penny Bridge Inn is one of the few remaining family owned pubs in the Temple Bar area, and indeed in Dublin City Centre, and maintains its long tradition of being a much beloved neighborhood pub frequented by local people. We pride ourselves on offering a warm welcome to anyone who crosses the threshold and boast an eclectic mix of locals and visitors invariably making for an informative and interesting visit.