We love Dublin, of course, and included it in our Ireland tour for many years. It’s an easy city to grasp, and to get around. And has lots of pubs to absorb!
Accommodation however, is NOT inexpensive!!!
The hotel we recommend is the BROOKS Hotel, 59-63 Drury Street, Dublin
It’s small-ish, family run, and serves a delicious white tablecloth breakfast. The bar has a great selection of whiskeys and stays open for ‘residents’ until the wee hours of the morning. Best of all is it’s location. You may get a better rate on a third party site like www.booking.com.
Other possibilities, in good areas are:
SUPER CENTRAL ON QUIET STREET
SUPER CENTRAL ON BUSY STREET
Dublin Citi Hotel
CENTRAL OVERLOOKING PARK
Stauntons on the Green
SHORT BUS RIDE, IN UP-SCALE NEIGHBOURHOOD
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Most of these are within easy walking distance of the Brook’s Hotel.
* Irish Whiskey Museum, 119 Graffton St. (#51 on map)
* Georgian architecture (Fitzwilliam Square/Merrion Square areas)
* St Stephen’s Green (beautiful city centre park, primo neighbourhood)
* National Gallery, Clare St/Merrion Sq.
* Guinness Brewery
* Jameson Distillery
* Kilmainham Jail (BOOK WELL IN ADVANCE!!!*) Walk to IMMA from here (across street, through a wonderful park)
* IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art ““ Lucien Freud’s portraits are shown for the next few years, and are wonderful. Close to the Jail.
* The Little Museum, 15 St. Stephens Green N.
* Temple Bar pedestrian area ““ shops/restaurants/galleries/BARS
* Grafton Street pedestrian area ““ shops/restaurants/galleries
* Trinity College ““ Book of Kells
* Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle
* Viking/Medieval area ““ Christchurch/Dublin Castle/City Hall
* New Grange & Hill of Tara (1,000 years older than the pyramids) www.newgrangetours.com
* Hugh Lane Gallery (mock up of Francis Bacon’s studio), Parnell Sq. N. (next door to great restaurant Chapter One)
Kilkenny Design Centre, 6-15 Nassau St. Best store for high quality crafts, good café
Avoca, 11 Suffolk St. ““Household goods/woolens, “˜must visit’ pretend period café
Grafton St”“ pedestrian shopping St. med to high-end, incl. Brown-Thomas
Powerscourt Centre, S. William St. ““ boutique stores and cafés in a historic building
Sheridan’s Cheese, 11 S. Anne St. ““ cheese lover’s delight
Celtic Whiskey Shop, 27/28 Dawson St. Amazing selection whiskey, beer, wine
Irish Whiskey Museum, 119 Grafton St. ““ no explanation needed!
Davy Byrnes, 21 Duke St.
The Duke, 8-9 Duke St (is the starting point for Literary Tour which we recommend)
Rag Trader, 39 Dury St.
McDaids, 3 Harry St.
Kehoe’s, 7 S. Anne St.
Stag’s Head, Dame Court
The Old Stand, 37 Exchequer St/St. Andrew
The Long Hall, 51 S. Great Georges St.
The Palace, 21 Fleet St.
Hairy Lemon, Dury St. (next door to hotel)
Doheny & Nesbitt, 5 L. Baggot St.
Mulligans, 8 Poolbeg St.
Marys Bar, 8 WIcklow St.
Whelan’s (contemporary music) 25 Wexford St.
The Cobblestone, (traditional music) 77 N King St.
Peruke & Periwig, 31 Dawson St (used to be wig factory…cool design!)
Merchant’s Arch, 48/49 Wellington Quay @ Ha “˜Penny Bridge
The Temple Bar, 47 Temple Bar (traditional music)
Boulevard Café, 27 Exchequer St. (french, good early bird)
Powerscourt Centre Cafés, S. William St (many choices)
Fallon & Byrne, Wine Bar/Food Shop 11-17 Exchequer St. (Mon. night no corkage)
Kilkenny Design & Café, 6-15 Nassau St (good shopping and cafe too)
The Winding Stair, 40 Lower Ormond St. (locavore, views of the river)
The Wollen Mills, 42 Ormond Quay @ Ha “˜Penny Bridge (hip, all day café)
The Boxty House, 20/21 Temple Bar (menu based on potatoes)
The Port House (tapas), 64 South William St.
Dunne & Crescenzi, 22 S. Frederick St. (Italian, also with good food shop)
Ely Wine Bar, 22 Ely Place (high end, very good)
L. Mulligan Grocer, 18 Stoney Batter (gastro pub, evening only)
Ryan’s/F.X. Buckley Grill, 28 Parkgate St. (Victorian pub/Steak house)
Chapter One, Parnell St. N. ($$$, fab, reserve! The lunch and early bird offer terrifc value!)
Coppinger Row, on Coppinger Row, off South William (mediterranean, locavore)
Pigs Ear, 4 Nassau St. $$ (contempoary Irish)
La Maison, 15 Castle Market (French bistro) We love this place.