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The Bernard Shaw

11-12 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.


Opening Times

The Bernard Shaw Bar
Mon-Fri: 4pm - Close
Sat- Sun: 1pm - Close
Coffee ToGetHer
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-3pm | Sat: 10am - 3pm
The Big Blue Bus
Mon-Fri: 5pm - Midnight | Sat-Sun: 1pm - Midnight

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Reservations & Bookings
Minimum 4 people

  • Get yourself a meaty or veggie brunch pizza and combine with a Bloody Mary or White Russian for €13

    From 1-5pm every Sunday


  • First in a series of Mini Jams at The Bernard Shaw on Bank Holiday Saturday Oct 24th
    We'll have a host of some of Irelands best writers - old and new. Music, pizza and pints all day long...

  • It's that time. Get yourself in ahead of the posse and book your spot for your Xmas gatherings

  • This Halloween we're celebrating all things spooky Simpsons with Loudmouth so tie an onion to your belt, grab a Flaming Moe and we'll see you there. 

  • Escape the mini bus and get yourself a space on The Big Blue Bus.


    Ding our bell over HERE to book a seat for Dublin's best pizza.

  • The boyos of the bus went out to Dun Laoghaire for the weekend for a kickabout. What do you make of their human foosball team? Mighty.

  • ...Oh yes we do!


    Especially Ola, he believes in you the most.

  • It's been a bumpy road for marriage equality and we wanted to give our support to the cause by participating in Will St Legers 'Walls for Equality' with a design from Jess Tobin. We hope you like it! Now all you've gotta do is vote yes.

  • Urban art, DJ's outdoors, food and fun all day. 

    Here we are... Round 4 of the Evolve Urban Art Phat Jam, a celebration of Irish based street art, graffiti and all things urban art. Paint on walls from some of the best street artists and writers from around the country and further afield. Every surface painted inside and street level with sweet vibes, eats, and tunes sound-tracking a great day. Sat Mar 28th


  • We've been lucky to have the very talented man from San Fran, Mr. Mike Shine, in to do some paintings. He's a very well known artist who gave up his well paid job to travel the world painting his own creations. We're sure you've seen his 'boxer' design out front, now, onto the piano!

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by The Bernard Shaw Thursday, October 15, 2015

Vice Coffee at the Flea

And they're bringing their doughnuts...

This Sunday The Vice Coffee Inc crew will be serving up coffee and delicious doughnuts from the Dublin Doughnut...

by The Bernard Shaw Monday, October 12, 2015

Nialler 9 Comes to Scribble

Music blogger playing the tunes this...

The main man of Irish music is here this Friday to play some of his favourite party tunes of the moment. It all...

by The Bernard Shaw Sunday, October 4, 2015

Andras Fox is coming to the Shaw

For one evening only

The Melbourne based producer and DJ is stopping by The Bernard Shaw for an unannounced set before he's whisked...

by The Bernard Shaw Friday, September 4, 2015

Club Mate in Dublin

We know you want it

We've found our new vice in the form of Club Mate carbonated mate tea drink. The German staple has now hit Irish...

by The Bernard Shaw Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fine Swine on the Radio

This Greedy Pig on RTE 2XM

Our neighbours and favourite piglets, Russell and Greg AKA This Greedy Pig, are picking up their records...

by The Bernard Shaw Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Misha Freshin' #5 with MynameisjOhn

Bringin' tha Rusangano ruckus

MynameisjOhn grew up on the cold hard streets of Ennis, headphones on and hood up. He collected tapes, played...

by The Bernard Shaw Wednesday, August 19, 2015

It's that time again...

The Bernard Shaw Flea is back and...

More stalls, more clothes both vintage and new, jewellery, art, records and tonnes more... plus tasty drinks...

by The Bernard Shaw Monday, August 10, 2015

Don't be left standing...

Book yo'self a table

Don't be a mug, get yourself and your friends a table in the Shaw for pizza, drinks and good times. 

by The Bernard Shaw Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Rascal's Yankee White IPA now on tap

Their best yet

We're serving up Rascal's latest draught offering in the form of Yankee White IPA. Come have a...

by The Bernard Shaw Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Gangs takeover the Shaw

Not like that!

GANGS, the four-piece Rock n Roll band have gone on to sell out many of Dublin’s music venues and truly...

by The Bernard Shaw Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Amica bringing the reggae vibes

This Saturday

Amica come to The Bernard Shaw this Saturday for some reggae beats and sweet female vocals. Amica combines...

by The Bernard Shaw Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Behold! The Irish National Coffee...

All up in here with 3fe

Come join us at The Bernard Shaw Flea on Jul 19th where we'll not only have tonnes of bargains, but we'll...

by The Bernard Shaw Friday, June 26, 2015

When the Rubberbandits call round...

Stick the kettle on

Sure 'tis only himself from the Rubberbandits who stopped by for a cup of tea on the way back to...

by The Bernard Shaw Friday, June 26, 2015

Beer, Glorious Beer

The only thing for a sunny day

Large or small, we got it. We cant keep up with the selection of lovely beers we've got so be sure to ask...

by The Bernard Shaw Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Blind Elephant Collective

5 Years in the Trunk

Exhibition by the Blind Elephant Illustration Collective, celebrating their 5 years together in the...

by The Bernard Shaw Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Come for the company...

Stay for the pizza

Look at their faces... So happy! Them Big Blue Bus pizza making masters have been at it again. This particular...

by The Bernard Shaw Thursday, May 14, 2015

Vote Yes & Party

Do you're bit and have fun

On the 22nd of May, we're opening our party arms to all of you who vote yes for marriage equality across...

by The Bernard Shaw Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Wanna be a part of The Bernard Shaw...

We're taking stall submissions

The brand new Bernard Shaw Flea will be making it's maiden voyage on Sunday May 24th. Lots of bargains waiting...

by The Bernard Shaw Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tomorrows Music, today

Dublin's newest supergroup

This week, Good Name is beyond proud to host a debut gig of new Dublin (super)group Tomorrows. Comprising...

by The Bernard Shaw Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Misha Freshin' swingin' into action

Sunken Foal and Jimmy Penguin on the...

Misha Freshin'... is a brand new monthly DJ/Beats/Hiphop night in The Bernard Shaw.Taking place on the last...

by The Bernard Shaw Wednesday, February 25, 2015

La Fonda

Good Name, great indie

Good Name is getting the Fonda treatment tomorrow night with indie music that consists of more substance...

by The Bernard Shaw Friday, February 20, 2015

The best thing we've seen all week

She's never looked better

Never underestimate the power of googly eyes. Never!

by The Bernard Shaw Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Summer? Is that you?

Red sky at night

That change in the evening. It's like we can feel it! Have a goo at the evening sky out the Shaw office this...

by The Bernard Shaw Monday, February 16, 2015

New year, new table

Pool table of champions

Last week things got REAL exciting when our new table arrived. Well, it excited us and our pool enthusiasts....

by The Bernard Shaw Monday, February 9, 2015

Painting in Progress

We've got some new art

American mural and street artist Mike Shine has touched down in Ireland and is currently painting us a special piece...

by The Bernard Shaw Friday, February 6, 2015

'Twas a cold one this week

Even the swans felt it...

It was so cold up here in Portobello this week that not only were our toes frozen on the walk into work, but the...

by The Bernard Shaw Friday, February 6, 2015

6 Nations Rivalries Commence

Tensions are high

The fork and spoon are out! Italy v Ireland (or Sara v Miceál as we think of it) is on our screens this...

by The Bernard Shaw Thursday, February 5, 2015

Coffee To Get Brunch

The Italians are moving to weekends

Gli italiani di Richmond Street aren't satisfied with serving you the finest Italian food from Mon-Fri in Coffee...

by The Bernard Shaw Friday, January 30, 2015

Meet Miceál

Our Shaw Fashionista

Last week barman (and Louthman) extraordinaire, Mic, was sporting some interesting waders as part of his bar delivery...

by The Bernard Shaw Thursday, January 29, 2015

We're up to something...

But what are we up to?

Changes are a-foot in the Shaw. What are we up to? You'll just have to keep an eye out won't ya?

by The Bernard Shaw Thursday, January 29, 2015

Jean & Joey

Your time for free pizza has come

Your name is up this week for free pizza on The Big Blue Bus. Just remember to bring photo ID with you.  The...

by The Bernard Shaw Friday, January 23, 2015

Well Kn#wn Locals

Friday is the new Saturday

We've got some familiar faced special gueats coming by to spin some records with the Well Kn#wn crew...

by The Bernard Shaw Thursday, January 22, 2015

Changes are a-foot chez Shaw

Wreckin' tha joint

Some interesting things are happening up here on Richmond Street at the moment, but what in the works? Keep you eyes...

by The Bernard Shaw Saturday, December 20, 2014

Manma Saor's Automatic(ally) Tasty NYE

Countdown with the Wicklow crew

Last February, Manma Saor began collecting mixes from some of their fave DJs and releasing them under...

by The Bernard Shaw Friday, December 12, 2014

If You Smell What the Shaw is Cookin'

(Mulled Wine in the Hot Bar)

Its an aroma frenzy in the Shaw at the moment with our Hot Bar in full swing. Try the wine!

by The Bernard Shaw Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Meet Johnny

Shenanigans on The Big Blue Bus

Johnny is still trying to figure out how to chop onions. You can take the boy out of Wicklow...

by The Bernard Shaw Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Our bar menu

The new Bernard Shaw bar menu


by The Bernard Shaw Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween Loudmouth

a little of what went down Halloween...

The lads from Loudmouth Collective took over the venue.  State of the place after, will be cleaning bottled...

by The Bernard Shaw Thursday, October 30, 2014

Whats this now?

A new Bernard Shaw thing to tell you...

More next weeek......

by The Bernard Shaw Tuesday, October 21, 2014

James Make Art at The Bernard Shaw

Jame Made Art, at, er, The Bernard Shaw

We had great craic on the screen at The Bernard Shaw last Friday with James Make Art doing live digital makeovers of...

by The Bernard Shaw Monday, October 13, 2014

Gentlemen of Letters

A doc about sign painting past and...

Produced by Colin Brady from Taller Stories and John Mahon of this here boozer and Toejam, Gentlemen of Letters was...

by The Bernard Shaw Monday, October 13, 2014

The Beatyard 10 at The Bernard Shaw

The dancers and chancers taking part...

  The Beatyard No. 10 begins this week and here's whats happening in The Bernard Shaw.  Top...

by The Bernard Shaw Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Coffee ToGetHer Menu

The Bernard Shaw's day time Italian Cafe


by The Bernard Shaw Monday, September 22, 2014

The Big Blue Bus Menu

Eating on The Big Blue Bus


by The Bernard Shaw Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Big Blue Bus - Little Blue Bosca

The bus had a baby, who knew

Anybody catch the the off spring of The Big Blue Bus at The Big Grill Festival over the weekend.  Unbeknownst to...

by The Bernard Shaw Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lorcan Finnegan

Get thee to Instagram now

If you havcnt chekced out Dublin film maker Lorcan Finnegan's Instagram you really should.  Amazing pictures...

by The Bernard Shaw Friday, August 15, 2014

Big Grill afters...

the after partaay...


by The Bernard Shaw Friday, August 15, 2014

Taps off ? Taps on.

Tappity, tap, tap, tap ...

Have a goo at our new bar taps. Made by Barry from This Is What We Do (he's good with his hands), they're old...

by The Bernard Shaw Monday, August 11, 2014

Work Hard, Play Harder

Down time with our bar crew from The...

7 days a week these guys toil in the boiler room of The Bernard Shaw, pouring thousands of pints, lugging kegs,...

by The Bernard Shaw Monday, August 11, 2014

New Exhibition: The Funeral by Andrea...

Photo exhibition covering the death...

The Funeral of Venezuela's former president Hugo Chavez.  Hugo Chavez was a venezuelan politician and...

by The Bernard Shaw Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Animators Boom Bap BBQ at The...

A rrrrreally big day out

Dublin outfit The Animators hosted their first Boom Bap BBQ for The Beatyard and created an awesome all dayer in The...

by The Bernard Shaw Friday, May 16, 2014

Beatyard & The Bernard Shaw

What went down in BS Towers for...

As one of The Beatyard festival hubs, The Bernard Shaw had its part to play and didnt shy away from its duty....



We have spaces of different shapes and sizes that you can book for your event. We take bookings for up to 70 people in the different areas and can do food for groups too (see below).
Any questions at all, feel free to drop us a line.
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You can reserve tables in the ever popular BS beer garden and smoking area for groups, large and small. 


Click here to see The Big Blue Bus food Menu.  Click here to see our drinks menu.





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Reserve tables inside the bar any night of the week. 


Click here to see The Big Blue Bus food Menu. Click here to see our drinks menu.





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A 1974 double decker bus retired from the streets of London and transformed into a gourmet pizza restaurant.  
You can book into the top deck* or we can also bring pizza to any of the other reserved areas.
(*Bookings for min 4 people, min 50% of group must order food)

Click here to see The Big Blue Bus food Menu.  Click here to see our drinks menu.


GROUP DEAL (available for groups of 10 people or more) 

10% discount available upon request




The Bernard Shaw

11 - 12 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2
You can reserve tables and area in The Bernard Shaw 7 days a week, between 4 - 8pm, at no cost.



We have compiled a short list of 10 of the most asked questions from past bookings which will answer 95% of your queries.  

Do you guys take bookings?
Yes indeed we do.  7 days a week, in the bar, beer garden or bus.  The latest we take bookings is 8pm as it is too hard to guarantee spaces after that if its busy. 

Do I have to pay to book a table/space?
Nope, all areas are free to book however with The Big Blue Bus we ask that minimum 50% of any group orders food as the bus is essentially a restaurant.

Do you do food / platters
We do and you can see menus and group special costs for The Big Blue Bus here.  The Big Blue Bus kitchen is open 7 days a week from 5pm to midnight/1am. 

What is the minimum/maximum amount of people I can book for?
Minimum 4, Max 50 (Big Blue Bus capacity is 35 seated)

What time do you close at?
Midnight from Sunday to Thursday, 1am on Friday and Saturday

What’s on tonight?
Lots, probably.  Check out our listings here

Do you have a private room?
No, we dont have a private function room.  We can reserve you an area within one of our spaces.  

Can we run a tab?
Absolutely.  Just ask at the bar when you arrive.





The Bernard Shaw is Bodytonic’s first bar.  In existence since 1895, Bodytonic started a new chapter in 2006 and have tried to expand on what it means to be an Irish bar in the building ever since.  

Incorporating a Top 100 Italian cafe, a pizza kitchen on a double decker bus, a huge beer garden, an exhibition space aswell as the multitude of music and creative shows, this deceptively small venue from the outside packs alot in.
The venue is open from 8am Monday to Friday for breakfast and lunch with the bar open from 4pm for drinks and pizza.  Music is their first love with the venue hostings weekly nights covering all stops between reggae, dub, jazz, disco, house and general electronic noodlings.  Some of the guests that have played free shows in The BS include: Dam Funk, Dixon, DJ Yoda, Diplo, Theo Parrish, Optimo, DJ Spinna, James Pants, Taylor McFerrin, Motor City Drum Ensemble and lots more.


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