10 Tips for Experiencing Dublin!
Ireland is beyond friendly.
To start, the Irish are…overtly kind, cheery, and full of genuine belly laughs. They are truly invested in the fact that you see the wonders of their country. This is the most striking feature of the country and that’s a bold statement as the landscape is remarkable. As a whole, the Irish want to be sure every sight is seen, and every variation of delicious pub fare tasted. The endless pubs provide great opportunities to get acquainted with locals who are more than happy to strike up a conversation.
The melodic upbeat tones of flute, fiddle, pin whistle and accordion waft through the streets of Dublin.
With music equally as delicious as the pub fare — one can’t help but be drawn to the live music — nearly everywhere. To be sure, the most sincere wall flower is coaxed into tapping their foot along joining into the fun. The Temple Bar area is wall to wall live music, friendly locals and tourists alike. A few pubs that deserve a visit in the Temple Bar area are:
1. The Auld Dubliner
Step inside the doors of this pub and you’ll find a quiet spot that seems miles away from the hustle and bustle of the Temple Bar area. Upstairs, the upbeat, live music is wonderful way to watch the day pass by. Fill up on a pint and some exceptional pub food, and you may end up staying the whole day. Stop by this pub at night, and you may not recognize it! Bursting with foot-tapping music resonating throughout, you’ll get a taste of a traditional Irish Pub with a young, fun atmosphere.
2. The Brazen Head
Do not miss out on this pub! The OLDEST pub in Ireland. That’s right, smack dab in Dublin, this pub dates back to 1198 and will transport you back in time. If Ireland has graced you with a sunny day, be sure to sit in the outside area and enjoy the lively atmosphere. The Brazen Head has live music every night and is a must-visit! If you’re looking for a great meal, they serve a combination of traditional and contemporary food — don’t miss out on the Brazen Bangers & Mash and the Beef and Guinness Stew!
This pub is blocks from the River Liffey and close to Trinity College. A great, not so touristy place to grab a pint and some people even say that the Guinness here tastes better than at the Guinness Factory. Bowe’s Lounge Bar has a great selection of whiskey’s from around the world and, of course live music. Don’t miss the traditional, acoustic music session on Sunday nights!
Don’t forget to check out these sights in Dublin!
1. Trinity College
Home to one of the world’s most important medieval manuscripts, The Book of Kells is a 9th Century elaborately decorated compilation of Gospels. Grab your ticket online beforehand for 3 more Euros and skip the massive line. The Trinity College Old Library is world class and definitely worth checking out. With lofted ceilings, this is the largest library in Ireland and filled ceiling to floor with books — a must for literary lovers. Enjoy the 47 acres of the university and catch a match of Gaelic Football on one of the fields!
2. St. Stephen’s Green
This neat park is located right in the city center and wonderful place to escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin. If you’re lucky to catch a sunny day, stroll your way through the lush, green park — a great place for a picnic! The park hosts some events and music in the summer months and a visit here is nice day activity.
3. Guinness Factory
Those that aren’t fans of darker beer will simply get an insight into the significance that Guinness has played throughout Irish history. Likewise, old posters and advertisements and a really great gift store make an afternoon at the Factory well worth it. Next, take a quick course to learn the proper pouring technique for every pint of Guinness and discover how “The Black Stuff” is made.
4. Grafton Street Shopping
If you’re a shopper, Grafton Street won’t disappoint! This area is densely populated with restaurants and cafes, so when you tire of shopping, pop into one of these picturesque cafes for a break. This world class shopping street is home to high-end shops, unique stores and of course, plenty of shops to grab a souvenir or two.
5. Old Jameson Distillery
Whiskey lovers…The Old Jameson Distillery is for you! There are three different tours of the distillery; The Bow St. Experience, The Whiskey Makers, and The Whiskey Shakers. The first is a 40 minute tasting tour that covers the whiskey-making process. The second is a ‘masterclass’ — a 90 minute tour of three different whiskeys and ends with a tasting straight from the cask. The third tour covers the art of cocktail making with Jameson. Either way, a stop here is a must while in Dublin!
6. Christ Church Cathedral
A place of worship for people around the world for the past 1,000 years, Christ Church Cathedral is a stunning example of Gothic architecture. Take a guided tour for 4 euros and you’ll be able to go underground to the crypt, and up to the belfry to ring the bell.
7. Rent Bikes
Bike rentals are available throughout the city. For only 3 euros for the day, this a great way to check out Dublin. Whiz over the River Liffey and enjoy the different districts of Dublin. Or, explore the outer neighborhoods and get a look at the less touristy parts of town.