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know next to nothing about it, tell me about it please.
As I'll be in Galway the weekend leading up to it, canny wait
(staying with a local, but they keep asking me what i want to do when i'm there and i'm like 'uuurrrggghh guinness dark smoky pub i dunno what is there?')
don't miss the bog bodies bit of the national museum, so morbidly fascinating
other than that i think i just walked around a bunch, had a sunny pint in filthy mcnasty (largely cos the name reminded me of dearly beloved glasgow hipster bar nice n sleazys. it wasn't as good tho, soz). the friend i was staying with lives in helens bay so we went for a walk by the coast there which was nice. also belfast is a complete ghost town compared to dublin which was both good and bad
only students like it.
Have an Irish coffee at some point (not that ye cant get them in england...). Theres a good whisky tour in there somewhere. Also the ghost tour is pretty entertaining, and you get a free pint out of it!
there's one called Chapters on Parnell St. downstairs is all new stock but upstairs there's loads and loads of second hand stuff.
my favourite pub is Whelans, probably largely cos it's also a really nice gig venue but the bar part is quite good too. there are lots of good pubs, some of them are a bit touristy and OIRISH but some of the more borderline ones might be less obvious to non-Irish people - there's one called The Celt near the Busarus/Connolly Station which has all the fiddle tune bollocks but is also quite nice and dingy from what i remember. temple bar is a nice area but the pubs there are all super touristy, packed out and expensive.
But for me, a nice Wetherspoonsy pub is Porterhouse at the bottom of Grafton St. Grafton St and Dawsons street and all the little alleyways and streets leading from there are the best bit of Dublin. (Though they are rebuilding the LUAS so there will still be roadworks around there too).
If you get on a train, Dun Laoghaire and Howth are the best, and not very far away. Dun Laoghire has nice shops and restaurants along the waterside and you can walk down along the pier (which you can also do in Howth but Dun Laoghaire is better for a day visit, more to do.) There's a nice shop full of beautiful arty tat right on the corner near the train station.
For pubs, around Grafton st. As I said will be busy but the nicest. Stay out of Temple bar (touristy). O Connell st is nice to walk down but not to hang around. There's a big Cineworld with loads of screens at the end of Parnell St and a smaller cinema on O'Connel st, and a biggish Tesco on Parnell St. For foods. (or pre-cinema snacks if you go there)
There's a couple of posh bars like Harrys to be avoided(expensive drinks, no service) but primarily normal ones.
If you are driving/walking up at Howth. Not that easy to access but well worth it.
There's a good, big and cheap Chinese Buffet if you turn left at the top of O'Connell st before the bridge (can never remember the name or exactly where it is, but not far)
Toscana up near Grafton st. But the street running alongside it to the right- Dame St. (which has loads of bars and restaurants) Toscana is expensive unless you get early bird but the food is lovely.
Supermarket suggestion 2: Dunnes on the basement floor of the Dunnes clothes store on the right hand side of Henry St has a really good selection. (it's like Irish M&S).
all their own beers and they do good pub food.
(it's better than Wetherspoons because Wetherspoons is shite)
the only one i've been to down there was out in Swords
If it was there when I lived there I would gone there every day (partly due to lack of anything else in Blackrock)
If they're keeping to the low prices they promised initially I think it offers a good solution to over-priced pints, but I agree Porterhouse is much better, especially the selection.
but if you're happy to pay a bit more for your beer, you'll have a good time. there are some decent pubs and bars and if you want a lively night out it's great.
Guinness Storehouse, free pint of Guinness at the end, but definitely pre-book before you go, the queues can be insane
I didn't do the Jameson tour, but the bar there do some great Jameson themed cocktails. Had one with Amaretto and a couple of other things in it, which was awesome.
The bus tours can be alright for getting a feel of where everything is, but get one with an actual guide. We had one with an automated guide, which was complete crap.
On the Sunday is the Gaelic football final, which will be great fun with all the people around. You won't be able to get tickets now, but the atmosphere is pretty awesome
If you want to see some Irish dancing and music, the Arlington Hotel do a good night of it with a 3 course meal for 34 Euro, which is pretty decent.
There's some good Cathedral's/Church's there, St Patrick's, Christ Church. Worth a visit. There's also Dublin Castle. Phoenix Park is worth walking around, really nice. There are a lot of other things to do, worth checking out what gigs are on to, as there'll be plenty
Don't bother with the Rock N'Roll museum, load of bollocks. Just a whole bunch of name dropping
maybe a spa day?
the abbey or the peacock
Pubs: The Foggy Dew (Near Temple Bar), Anseo (Pronounced An Sha - Up Camden St), Workman's Club (On the quays), The Bernard Shaw (Near camden st/portabello), Whelans (Camden St), Doyles (Near trinity)
Pygmalion, Opium, District 8, Hangar
I'm not great with touristy stuff I'm afraid but I would recommend a bus tour. There's a few deals online for them.
I went to:
Neary's : 9/10 great pub
elephant and castle: 8/10 good food
Trinity College: 6/10 old book i didn't look at
Howth: 7.5/10 nice
Post Office: 7/10 big post office
St Stephens green 10/10 teenage goths
Dakota 4/10 only went in cos i needed a wee
O'donoghue's: 8/10 incomprehensible barman
Stag's Head: 6/10 can't remember
Bad Bobs: 6/10 ok
Ranelagh: 6.5/10 gentrification
Saba: 8/10 bit loud good food
Also saw a car fire and a pro-abortion march: 7.2/10
Basically just a room you can get pissed in.
My mate has a flat across the street from it and around last orders we
usually just pick up our pints and go back to hers to finish them.