I am going on a solo trip to Dublin in late May/early June for about 6 days. I'm obviously going to check out the guinness brewery and Temple Bar, but was curious if anyone had other recommendations on things to see/do. I hear its a raging party city and I obviously want my healthy dose, but would also like to see cool, unique things around the city.
Any recommendations on cool bars/nightclubs?
Also, is it worth visiting any areas on day trips in or around the Dublin area?
I appreciate your help!
for a some traditional dancing and singing check out 4 dame lane - dame lane, its a pub and has 2 torches on fire on the front. its opposite central bank of dame street itself.
check out cafe en seine just for its decor near to grafton street...amazing. but an expensive bar.
some other classy bars are cocoon, sam sara, sosume....actually check out this link http://www.worldsbestbars.com/city/dublin/index.htm but do ignore some peoples comments on the site. everyone has different tastes...but the bars in metion on the site and i have mentioned are some of the best and classy bars in dublin. not really pick up joints as you get a snobbish crowd in such bars. but dame lane isnt.
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 21, 2007, at 2:28 PM by oslaue ]
Avoid temple bar - too false, only for tourists.
For trad Irish music sessions check out the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield, bit rough on the outside but it's an gem.
Check out freedublin.com for cool things to do for free.
temple bar is a must for a tourist, and if you have never been there for before then its great. you wont see too many irish there as we like to avoid tourists and the rip of price for pints there.
You mentioned a day trip, well I'd say a day trip to either Newgrange or Glendalough is a must. Glendalough has beautiful scenery and monastic ruins and is the sort of place you could go for a serious hike or just sitting round taking in the views. Newgrange is a 5000 year old tomb which is built so that during the winter solstice the sun shines the entire way through it's tunnel. Personally I'd go with Glendalough because apart from the Tomb there aint much to see around Newgrange apart from a few mounds here and there. You can get a link to a site that does tours here http://www.daytoursunplugged.ie/daytours.htm.
With regard to raging party spots it all depends on your preference! Personally I'm not a fan of the type of bars that oslau recommended, you have to undergo some serious grooming to get in and the bouncers give you the third degree! But that's just me. If your young and you'd like a studenty spot then I'd recommend Doyles beside Trinity college, the dance floor upstairs is usually boisterous on a Friday and Saturday night. The great thing about Dublin tho is that there's so many pubs if you don't like one place you can just scoot off down the road to somewhere else!
If your looking to see the city, hop on one the tourist bus'. You can get one in O connell street and hop on & off, and you also have a guide explaining everything you pass too - Ireland has a great history and you would pass a lot of buildings without even noticing. If you are looking for a good nightclub thats easy enough to get into you could try spirit or traffic on abbey street, you should also try bachelors walk for a couple of cool bars aswell as late dance bars - I love panama, does a mean cocktail! and you should definitely try temple bar - it is a rip, and its realy tourist-y but thats what you want when your but no matter were you go really, you don't have to go looking for bars! you will have a ball!!! no matter were you go you can walk out and back into another bar in minutes!
Hope this helps!
Im not a huge mad party animal (those days are gone now its sit in a pub and get quietly drunk!) but l love Dublin!
There's the obvious Book of Kells at Trinity College; wander up & down Grafton St - shopping and there's usually some buskers; Kilmainhaim Gaol - great historical jail that you can take a guided tour around; Jamesons Whiskey Tour (alternative to the Guinness Brewery); if you are there May/June weather should be decent and nice bright nights - wander through St Stephens Green (not huge and wont take long) or go over to Pheonix Park - home of the Zoo also which is quite good!
If you are into U2 you can check out their hotel The Clarence (you will need a big budget to stay there mind you!) nip down into the Octagan Bar and have a drink (pricey mind!)
Temple Bar is FULL of tourists - but it will be fun for you to wander around for a night - you are a visitor after all.
Go to Bewleys cafe, on Grafton Street. Just about everbody in Dublin and everybody visiting Dublin hangs out there.
Also, visit Kilmainham jail. U will get a good account of Irish history there.
Pheonix Park - is one if not THE biggest parks in the world that is located in a city! MUCH bigger than central park in new york, hyde park in london etc
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 22, 2007, at 5:52 AM by oslaue ]
Not sure when they started 'Traditional dancing & Music' in 4 Dame Lane as it's very much a modern bar so I reckon that's a mix up. I would definitely avoid Temple Bar at night but it's worth a stroll during the day to say you were there. Have a drink in Oliver St John Gogarty's or The Temple Bar and then get outta there
George's St is just around the corner and there you'll find The Globe which has some arty types in it and good (but loud) Jazz on a Sunday eve. Further up is Hogan's and near there is The Market Bar which is in an old sausage factory and does a mean fish pie for about E10. A couple streets over towards Grafton St you'll find The South William and Dakota and if you look hard enough you'll find The Dawson Lounge which is known as the smallest pub in Ireland ... it's on Dawson St near Ron Blacks which is a very modern/cool bar. Good cheap eats in the Cafe Bar Deli restaurants - George's St one is nicer than the old Bewleys building on Grafton St. The Jewel in the Crown on South William St does a great Indian and Yamamori on Georges St is always popular.
If poss, get out of the city and head 25 mins south on the DART (coastal train) to The Purty Kitchen in Dun Laoghaire & a walk on the pier and then The Queens in Dalkey. Lastly, Johnnie Foxes in the mountains does great hooley nights, touristy but you get lots of Irish in the main bar as well and their mussels are gorgeous.
Definitely do the hop on hop off as the drivers are hilarious and it leaves you at the main sights. Bring a rain jacket though
Hope that helps.
PS The Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed park in Europe with lots of wild deer roaming around and Dublin Zoo is the 4th oldest public zoo in the world