Dublin: travel suggestions

Dublin: travel suggestions

Joined: February 3rd, 2005, 2:41 pm

October 18th, 2017, 10:09 pm #1

Going to be in Dublin for five days over Christmas/New Year, perhaps not the ideal time to visit, but that's that

Looking for suggestions re: good pubs (not touristy, and preferably with some literary history); decent restaurants; and general things to do whilst there (Book of Kells, Guinness brewery, etc.).

Also, suggestions on where to go/not to go on NYE. Going to be with the wife, so preferably nowhere too obnoxious but still lively and a good craic, if you will

Cheers!
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Joined: May 13th, 2007, 10:59 pm

October 19th, 2017, 5:31 pm #2

Guinness.
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Joined: May 20th, 2013, 10:47 pm

October 25th, 2017, 12:01 am #3

Going to be in Dublin for five days over Christmas/New Year, perhaps not the ideal time to visit, but that's that

Looking for suggestions re: good pubs (not touristy, and preferably with some literary history); decent restaurants; and general things to do whilst there (Book of Kells, Guinness brewery, etc.).

Also, suggestions on where to go/not to go on NYE. Going to be with the wife, so preferably nowhere too obnoxious but still lively and a good craic, if you will

Cheers!
I had a big thing typed then lost it, so here is a much more condensed version.

Cobblestone, great for trad. In Smithfield, which has good bars in general. Frank Ryans and Dice. Token for an hour of Street Fighter, because that's OK.Jo'Burger is hipstery but good to eat here. National Museum of Ireland just past this are very much worth a visit.

Grogan's, The International (both do good toasted sandwiches, the latter good comedy. JJ Smyth's, The Long Hall. All come with various literary yarns and that will all be self-evident as soon as you enter. George's Street Arcade for trinkets, vintage etc. South William Street for food. P Macs all right for a pint there too. Hairy Lemon is pricey for pub grub but very reliable. Fallon & Byrne cafe does decent grub.

Walk up the Grand Canal towards the Kavanagh memorial bench. Bars along here include the Bello Bar and George Bernard Shaw. Not far from Anseo and Whelans, both good in that order for a night out with great music.

Get a bus to Sandymount Strand and walk in towards Raglan Road. Just walk, it's lovely. Get a bus to Glasnevin Cemetery - it's Ireland's Pere Lachaise, Behan is in here. Have coddle and pints in Gravedigger's afterwards. Head out to the Villager in a Chapelizod, they have trad on a Wednesday night. Look into the Strawberry Beds and Mullingar House, both Joycean spots. Stroll in the Phoenix Park, the Botanical Gardens and Stephen's Green. This is the stuff - especially Glasnevin and Sandymount - tourists don't do and don't see. It offers a different perspective of Dublin, so I encourage it.

Shop for books in the Winding Stair, Chapters and First Edition (literally a first edition shop).

Visit the Leprechaun Museum (one massive pisstake) and see the (real) Celtic bogman in the Natural Museum of Ireland.

Go to a play in Theatre Upstairs, it's new writing and well worth it, usually a one act play at lunchtime. Really great way to pass an hour. If you want to splash out, head to the Abbey and all the literary history that comes with that.

Do a tour of the GPO to learn about the Rising etc. Walk around Trinity, visit the Long Room.

Swerve the Guinness Brewery, but if you end up that way Arthur's on Thomas Street does good sessions on a Sunday night and Thomas House is a gnarly garage rocker place.

Temple Bar: avoid as a rule, The Garage, The Foggy Dew, The Queen of Tarts for cake and coffee if you must go there.

Places for gigs: Whelan's, The Olympia, Vicar Street, The Grand Social, Hangar, Tivoli.

Late night food: Rick's Burgers, spicy chicken fillet rolls with cheese and coleslaw from any Spar or Centra, DiFontaines, Zaytoons, Charlies.

The Irish government is shit. Irish access to services is shit. When you are bothered by a homeless person, a person with addiction or mental health problems try to be nice. This will happen regular enough. You can't give everyone a euro, but it's no reason to be a dick - not that I'm saying you would.

Have a good one.
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Joined: May 20th, 2013, 10:47 pm

October 25th, 2017, 12:04 am #4

Going to be in Dublin for five days over Christmas/New Year, perhaps not the ideal time to visit, but that's that

Looking for suggestions re: good pubs (not touristy, and preferably with some literary history); decent restaurants; and general things to do whilst there (Book of Kells, Guinness brewery, etc.).

Also, suggestions on where to go/not to go on NYE. Going to be with the wife, so preferably nowhere too obnoxious but still lively and a good craic, if you will

Cheers!
Workman's Club also good for a gig btw
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Joined: February 3rd, 2005, 2:41 pm

October 25th, 2017, 8:51 pm #5

Going to be in Dublin for five days over Christmas/New Year, perhaps not the ideal time to visit, but that's that

Looking for suggestions re: good pubs (not touristy, and preferably with some literary history); decent restaurants; and general things to do whilst there (Book of Kells, Guinness brewery, etc.).

Also, suggestions on where to go/not to go on NYE. Going to be with the wife, so preferably nowhere too obnoxious but still lively and a good craic, if you will

Cheers!
You, sir, are a hero. Thank you for taking the time to reply, and in such a thorough fashion. I'll definitely make use of all your friendly advice and suggestions.
Thank you.
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Joined: February 3rd, 2005, 2:41 pm

December 29th, 2017, 7:50 pm #6

Going to be in Dublin for five days over Christmas/New Year, perhaps not the ideal time to visit, but that's that

Looking for suggestions re: good pubs (not touristy, and preferably with some literary history); decent restaurants; and general things to do whilst there (Book of Kells, Guinness brewery, etc.).

Also, suggestions on where to go/not to go on NYE. Going to be with the wife, so preferably nowhere too obnoxious but still lively and a good craic, if you will

Cheers!
Anyone have any suggestions for anything to do on New Year's Day; drawing a huge blank right now as everything appears likely to be shut!
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Joined: September 7th, 2004, 7:52 am

May 17th, 2018, 5:55 am #7

thanks to Phelo for your recommendations, they will be useful when I'm in Dublin next weekend.

just one more question: I'd like to go to some sports event eventually, maybe rugby, gaelic football or hurling - but being german I don't know anything about it. where could you look up what's on in Dublin for sports and how much is a ticket (and do you need to buy one beforehand or can you just go to the game?)
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Joined: September 9th, 2006, 10:45 am

May 17th, 2018, 11:14 am #8

My brother and mate were going to go and watch Leinster play Rugby while we were there. They got distracted though in a pub and didn't make it, but was just walk ups I believe.

It's a good city. Didn't think it was any more expensive than London, though I think we could have spent an extra day there.

O'Donnoghue's (or something like that) was a terrific pub. Very small when you walk in, but opens up to several rooms.
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Joined: September 6th, 2005, 11:30 am

May 17th, 2018, 12:11 pm #9

This is topical. I'm going to Dublin, Cork and Galway in September.
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Joined: May 20th, 2013, 10:47 pm

May 21st, 2018, 9:52 pm #10

Christian76 wrote: thanks to Phelo for your recommendations, they will be useful when I'm in Dublin next weekend.

just one more question: I'd like to go to some sports event eventually, maybe rugby, gaelic football or hurling - but being german I don't know anything about it. where could you look up what's on in Dublin for sports and how much is a ticket (and do you need to buy one beforehand or can you just go to the game?)
Dublin are playing Gaelic football on Sunday, but it's an away game in Portlaoise, which is more than an hour away. Unfortunately, any other club football or hurling of any quality or significance in Dublin will be played midweek midweek because this weekend is reserved for intercounty (intercounty being to club, what international is to club in soccer). The Pro14 rugby final between Leinster and Scarlets is on in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. It's easily accessible from the city centre. About a 45min walk using Maps. Tickets here: https://www1.ticketmaster.ie/event/18005311E29A7A0E 

St Pat's are playing Cork City on Friday night in the League of Ireland, which is the top tier of Irish soccer, but would be comparable to lower leagues in Britain. Shouldn't be difficult to get a ticket. 

On a side note, there is a referendum on the legalisation of abortion on Friday, it's a massive deal for the country. So expect an odd atmosphere and a lot of rotten anti-choice posters pedalling bullshit statistics.
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