So you’re going to Dublin, are you? Well, that’s just grand. These are our top ten tips for doing Dublin like a local.
1. The Guinness Storehouse – Now, we know it’s not the most original thing to do but it’s definitely worth a visit. The building is incredible. It’s full of all those great old Guinness advertisements. And they will teach you how to properly pour a pint, joy to Guinness, then refill. Afterwards, head up to the Gravity Bar where you get amazing views of the city. It’s a perfect place to plan your next move.
2. Temple Bar – As any Dubliner will tell you, a pint of Guinness is only as good as the tap from which it is poured. So choose your pubs wisely. Many of Dublin’s most historic and legendary pubs are clustered in an area called Temple Bar. It’s got plenty of character, lots of live music, and it’s a good place to wet your whistle.
3. Wake Dock – Wash off your hangover by hopping in the water at Wake Dock, Ireland’s first cable wakeboard park.
4. Drury Street – Warm up with a coffee at Kaph, which is on Drury Street, the center of Dublin’s creative quarter.
5. Irish Design – All over the country a new generation of designers is putting a modern twist on Irish classics. It all comes together in the capitol at places like the Irish Design Shop and Indigo & Cloth. Thanks so much for everything. Irish food is also having a rebirth. Hello. How’s it going? How are you doing? Forget about corned beef and cabbage and try out lunch spots like Brother Hubbard or Fumbally, which is cool, creative, and cozy. For local cheeses and other Irish goodies, check out the specialty food shop, Fallon, and Byrne.
6. Steady hand – Present your perfect pint.
7. Trinity College – Head over to the campus of Trinity College, home to the Long Room, which you might recognize from Harry Potter, and to Ireland’s national treasure, the Book of Kells. Lines can get long, so head over early or book in advance. Scoot over to the left again. Shake it around. Thank you.
8. Literary Pub Crawl Oscar Wilde – Wildman. Ireland has produced a ton of writers since the Book of Kells, which is why Dublin in a UNESCO City of Literature. Now you’ll probably never read the notoriously difficult Ulysses by Dublin writer James Joyce, but you could go on a pub crawl of all the places Joyce wrote about. But who are we kidding? It’s just an excuse for a few more pints.
9. Ride a Bike – A healthier way to see the city is by bicycle. Pretty much allows you to see all the sites like the castle, River Liffey, and the Grand Canal all at whatever pace you feel most comfortable. Mellow? Yes, please.
10. Make some new friends – The Irish are fun, welcoming, and full of stories. It’s never hard to strike up a conversation with a stranger at a pub. Cheers. We’re on a boat! Well, those are our top ten tips on what to do in Dublin.