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Dublin: travel suggestions

October 18 2017 at 11:09 PM
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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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October 19 2017, 6:31 PM 

Guinness.

 
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October 25 2017, 1:01 AM 

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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October 25 2017, 1:04 AM 

Workman's Club also good for a gig btw

 
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October 25 2017, 9:51 PM 

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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